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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 »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ November 25 - 26, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 11/22/17

My Dear Parish Family, Who are the “least” among us to whom Jesus admonishes us to reach out in the Gospel? Certainly they are the hungry, thirsty, naked, imprisoned, etc. But they also include, for example, someone in the family who may be imprisoned by depression and needs to ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ November 18 - 19, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 11/17/17

My Dear Parish Family,

In this Sunday’s Gospel parable directing our attention to the end times and final judgment, Jesus challenges us to choose daily to increase the incalculable riches – God’s very Life – God has given us. This requires us to choose trust over fear, good ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ November 11 - 12, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 11/10/17

 

My Dear Parish Family,

We regularly change the oil in our cars to keep the engines running smoothly. We keep our skin oiled lest it become dry and scaly. We use oil in cooking both to add flavor and to prevent sticking. This Sunday’s gospel about having ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ November 4 - 5, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 11/03/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Jesus talks to the crowds and disciples about the failure of the Scribes and Pharisees to live up to their preaching. Jesus’ teaching hits home because his own life witnessed so completely to what he preached: he not only taught us to reach out to ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ October 28 - 29, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 10/27/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Love is a word used profusely in song and poetry, in hellos and good-byes, in letters and eulogies. Some might argue it is used too much. Often our most sincere verbalizing of love is fairly exclusive: shared between engaged couples, with family members and other ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ October 21 - 22, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 10/19/17

My Dear Parish Family,

We often are divided over what belongs to whom. For example, property rights, national borders, child custody, inheritance, even toys. Sometimes divisions are so serious that they bring harm and even destroy lives. At other times these divides can be readily resolved through legal action ... Read More »