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A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 9/23/16

My Dear Parish Family,

What makes us complacent? Sometimes, having too much of a good thing, or even enough of everything. At other times, laziness, self-absorption, self-satisfaction, frustration, too much praise, lack of challenge. All these things turn us inward and close us off from hearing or noticing what ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 9/16/16

My Dear Parish Family,

The issue of financial manipulation at the expense of others is a rampant problem. For example, CEO’s embezzle funds from their companies; individuals overspend, then declare bankruptcy to avoid paying debts; businesses charge exorbitantly high interest rates on credit cards and advance check cashing. The ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 9/02/16

My Dear Parish Family,

Today’s Gospel reminds us that discipleship requires both renunciation and calculation. Those who wish to follow Jesus must renounce everyone and everything that gets in the way of a single-minded response to Jesus’ invitation to be his disciple. At the same time, disciples are not ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 8/26/16

My Dear Parish Family,

Little children like to sit next to Grandma and Grandpa at holiday meals. Why? Because they want to be near those who love them and who shower them with attention and gifts. At Jesus’ “wedding banquet,” should we not all be clamoring to sit next ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 8/19/16

My Dear Parish Family,

Most people naturally shun fighting. We want to live our lives in peace. We pray for peace in the world. But what is peace? Jesus makes clear in this Gospel that it is not absence of strife. In fact, he intimates that being on fire ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 8/19/16

My Dear Parish Family,

 We all claim to know Jesus; after all, we are for the most part faithful churchgoers who weekly eat and drink in his company. This gospel warns us that this isn’t enough. There is an urgency about our paschal mystery living; we don’t have forever ... Read More »

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 »