Browsing the December 2016 archive of From the Pastor's Desk

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 12/30/16

My Dear Parish Family,

The shepherds “found Mary….and the infant lying in the manger.” This mother’s contemplative love flowing from her heart complements what the angel “told them about the child.” Mary was present when the shepherds encountered her Son. They received the Good News into their hearts and ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 12/23/16

My Dear Parish Family,

Christmas tends to bring out the best in us: we hear God's revelation of salvation and we respond with glory and praise. However, the real challenge of this Gospel is to carry it forth beyond Christmas into our whole year. Each time we respond to ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 12/16/16

My Dear Parish Family,

In most cases, putting up the Christmas decorations in our home necessitates moving things around. Furniture is moved to accommodate the Christmas tree. The buffet is cleared off to make room for a seasonal centerpiece. Our schedules are shifted to have the time to prepare ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 12/09/16

My Dear Parish Family,

We grow into witnessing to Jesus’ life and mission when we ourselves seek to answer the question “Are you the one….?” by personally encountering Christ in prayer and opening ourselves to recognizing him in our own and others’ good works. We cannot know someone whom ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 12/02/16

My Dear Parish Family,

John the Baptist condemns to destructive fire those who do not produce good fruit by the way they live. He also announces that One is coming who will bring a baptism of Spirit and fire. The fire of this baptism both burns away the “chaff” ... Read More »