Browsing the September 2015 archive of From the Pastor's Desk

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 9/25/15

My Dear Parish Family,

Each day we are faced with choices: to be for or against Christ.  This is both as easy as it sounds and as challenging.  The entire second part of Mark’s Gospel is about who Jesus is and what it costs to be his disciple.  To ... Read More »

A message from Father Walt

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 9/18/15

My Dear Parish Family,

An incredible irony lies at the basis of Jesus’ teaching: only the one who becomes least by serving the least of all can be first.  This lays out for us a very practical, concrete way to live the paschal mystery.  By dying to self and ... Read More »

A message from Father Walt

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 9/11/15

My Dear Parish Family,

It is no small coincidence that this weekend’s Gospel begins with the question of Jesus’ identity and then ends with the cost of discipleship.  Identity and discipleship are inextricably related because who we are actually is the same as how we follow.  Our identity through ... Read More »

A message from Father Walt

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 9/04/15

My Dear Parish Family,The Gospel for this 23rd Sunday of Ordinary time notes that Jesus took the man “away from the crowd” to heal him. Many times what keeps us from encountering Jesus is the “crowd” of overly busy lives; of too much noise from TV, advertising, iPods, empty ... Read More »