Browsing the December 2017 archive of From the Pastor's Desk

From the Pastor's Desk ~ December 30 - 31, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 12/29/17

My Dear Parish Family, Today’s feast of the Holy Family reminds us that being a family is a journey of changes and challenges – and that it is the love of spouses and parents and children and brothers and sisters that enables us to negotiate and survive those changes, ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ December 23 - 24, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 12/22/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Some “annunciations” are immediately recognizable and easily invoke response. For example, a woman announcing to her husband and parents that she is pregnant elicits a joyful response, an unemployed father announcing to his family that he has finally landed a job elicits relief and ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ December 16 - 17

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 12/15/17

My Dear Parish Family,

It’s easy and comfortable to recognize Christ in the expected places and ways. When we enter the peace of a church, for example, we expect to find God. When we sit and pray in our homes, we expect to find God and have our ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ December 9 - 10

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 12/08/17

My Dear Parish Family,

In the time of John the Baptist, whenever a lord announced a visit to a town or region, legions of workers would prepare the way by clearing rocks from the road, removing brush and debris, and filling in ruts, so that the lord’s travel ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ December 2 - 3

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 12/01/17

My Dear Parish Family, We begin Advent this Sunday not by looking to Christ’s first coming into our midst at the Incarnation, but by looking to Christ’s return at the end of time. Christ has come, fulfilled his mission, and then, like the “lord of the house” in the ... Read More »