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

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 7/29/16

My Dear Parish Family,

What small child doesn’t dream of growing up to be rich so he or she can have everything they want? What adult doesn’t dream of having sufficient resources put aside to assure themselves of a secure retirement? Dreaming of having enough isn’t so bad! Focusing ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 7/22/16

My Dear Parish Family,

Prayer is not magic; we cannot expect to receive whatever we want from God just because we ask. If this were so, many of us would be praying to win the lottery with great fervor! No, praying to win the lottery won’t make us rich. ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 7/15/16

My Dear Parish Family,

Hearing this familiar gospel story of Martha and Mary might lead us to jump to a hasty interpretation: Mary’s “better part” of listening, being taught, and reflecting is a better choice than taking care of the usual daily chores! Jesus couldn’t have been negating hospitality ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 7/08/16

My Dear Parish Family,

The parable of the Good Samaritan is so well known that its meaning has become part of our everyday vocabulary. For example, many Catholic hospitals in the United States carry the name Good Samaritan. When someone does a compassionate and merciful deed, we often say ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 7/01/16

My Dear Parish Family,

Many hands make light work, one saying goes. If, as another saying goes, two hands are better than one, then surely seventy-two are better than one! Jesus sends his seventy-two disciples out to the towns as if sending laborers to an abundant harvest. Jesus’ ministry ... Read More »