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From the Pastor's Desk ~ April 14 - 15, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 4/26/18

My Dear Parish Family,

Why think about sins and forgiveness during Easter time? It might seem strange to us. Easter is a joyful time to celebrate new Life! It is thus surprising that repentance and forgiveness figure so prominently in all three readings assigned to this Third Sunday of ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ April 7 - 8, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 4/26/18

My Dear Parish Family,

Belief always goes beyond what we can prove, and often means we must go out on a limb. Belief in the risen Lord means that we die to self so that we can encounter the risen Jesus around us. The challenge of this Gospel is ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ March 31 - April 1, 2018 Easter Sunday

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 3/30/18

 

My Dear Parish Family,

Easter Sunday is more than a celebration of the resurrection of Christ. It is also an invitation to each of us to preach the gospel and take our place in the long line of witnesses to Jesus’ risen life. Perhaps this is why ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ March 24 - 25, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 3/23/18

My Dear Parish Family, Holy Week confronts us with the powerful symbol of the cross. No other word or object so definitively and completely symbolizes the love of God for us, His own. No other symbol confronts us with the very worst we fail to see in ourselves, that ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ March 17 - 18, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 3/23/18

My Dear Parish Family,

How much time does it take for grape mash to be fermented into good wine? How much time does it take for a caterpillar to become a butterfly? How much time does it take for a tiny acorn to become a mighty oak? Real transformation ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ March 10 - 11, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 3/09/18

My Dear Parish Family,

It’s much easier to say, “I love you” than to do, “I love you.” Words are not enough to express the depth of what real love conveys. Love is an extension of self: giving self to other, wishing all good for the other even when ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ March 3 - 4, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 3/02/18

My Dear Parish Family,

In today’s Gospel Jesus overturns more than money tables. He overturns the Jewish understanding of the temple from a building “under construction” to his own body. He overturns our understanding of death from the end of life to the beginning of new, risen Life. ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ February 24 - 25, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 3/02/18

My Dear Parish Family, Hearing the words “I love you” for the first time, hearing an infant say “Mama” or “Dada” for the first time, hearing a stirring musical piece for the first time. How these moments change us! How we miss these moments if we do not stop ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ February 17 - 18, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 2/16/18

My Dear Parish Family,

During Lent the whole church joins in a conversion process with those to be baptized or make their profession of faith that leads to full communion in the Catholic Church. Lent is a conversion journey for all of us. It is our desert time ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ February 10 - 11, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 2/12/18

Sometimes the news is so good we can’t keep it to ourselves. This might happen when someone is getting married, or having a baby, or is out of the hospital after a long illness. Our joy cannot be contained and so it was with the man afflicted with a ... Read More »