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A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 11/11/16

My Dear Parish Family,

We tend to bank on security by installing alarm systems, building up reserves of money, having a plentiful supply of food and drink on hand. While these external measures may be necessary for our material well-being, the secure lives Jesus promises us in the Gospel ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 11/04/16

My Dear Parish Family,

With this Sunday’s Gospel, we move immediately to the section in Luke’s Gospel which addresses the age to come. Next Sunday’s Gospel describes the events at the end times. Then two weeks from today on the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, we ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 10/21/16

My Parish Family,In practice, most of us are probably not totally like the Pharisee or the tax collector in today’s Gospel. So both can teach us something. The Pharisee can teach us that religious practices are important but not enough. They must always be performed in humility and with ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 10/14/16

My Dear Parish Family,

In today’s Gospel Jesus shares much with the ten lepers. They ask Jesus to take pity on them and he heals them. But only the Samaritan leper returns to Jesus, glorifies God and gives him thanks. This leper understands the give-and-take of healthy relationships. He ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 10/14/16

My Dear Parish Family,

 In today’s Gospel parable the widow’s persistence in petitioning the judge is directed toward changing his mind so that he will act and render a just decision. Our own prayer is not a matter of changing God’s mind, however. Persistent prayer is about faithful relationship ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 9/30/16

My Dear Parish Family,

When we think of people of great faith, we often mention people like Saint Francis or Mother Teresa. These were great religious leaders who obviously had great faith and accomplished great things. We make a mistake, however, if we identify faith only with doing great ... Read More »

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 »