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

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

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 9/22/17

My Dear Parish Family,

When hearing this Sunday’s Gospel, we tend to focus on hours and wages: the laborers understand justice as prorated wages, equitable pay for the number of hours worked. However this parable is really about God’s ways and God’s justice: what God offers is, not ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ September 16-17, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 9/15/17

My Dear Parish Family,

When someone hurts us, our general behavior and demeanor can be visibly affected. We avoid that person, we gossip with others about the hurt, we seethe with resentment and live out of anger. Only forgiveness frees us from being locked within a heart become hard.

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From the Pastor's Desk ~ September 9-10, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 9/08/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Imagine sitting at the dinner table when two family members are not speaking to one another.  Tension fills everyone at the table and can even make eating difficult. How courageous and risky it is for someone to speak up to resolve the tension. How disruptive ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ September 2-3, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 9/01/17

My Dear Parish Family,

 In today’s Gospel Jesus is asking us to lose the most valuable thing we have  - our very life, our very self. Moreover, this is not a single instance of loss, but a lifetime of giving ourselves over to God’s plan for us. Then Jesus ... Read More »