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A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 2/24/17

My Dear Parish Family,

This Sunday’s Gospel begins by first challenging us to a stark, either-or choice: which master to choose, God or “mammon.” Jesus simply states that we cannot serve both. Then the Gospel presents us with another, even more difficult choice – not even to worry about ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 2/14/17

My Dear Parish Family,In both Greek and Latin vocabulary, “perfect” has to do with bringing to completion, fulfillment, having an ultimate end in sight. We see in Jesus’ life-giving actions a model of the heavenly Father’s perfection: his gift of compassion and healing to the sick and suffering; his gift ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 2/10/17

My Dear Parish Family,

In today’s Gospel, a continuation of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, which is a blueprint for faithful Christian living, Jesus is speaking about laws and human behavior. He does not make life easier for his hearers’ by easing the law; he does give a better ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 2/10/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Jesus uses salt and light in today's Gospel to describe qualities of disciples. But here something much more is at stake than darkness or bland food. What is at stake is the effectiveness of what we do as disciples. This Gospel uses two metaphors with ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 1/27/17

My Dear Parish Family,

“Count your blessings!” How often people think of blessings only in terms of things – winning the lottery, owning a nice home, having a secure job. The Beatitudes assess blessings in an entirely different way: as attitudes and behaviors that are a sign of the ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 1/20/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Every encounter with Jesus provokes a response; the gospel for this Sunday shows a response of discipleship that is quick and decisive. Our own call to discipleship comes at our Baptism, but unlike the disciples in the Gospel our response isn’t usually so quick and ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 1/11/17

My Dear Parish Family,

In this Sunday's gospel, John is portrayed as one actively watching  for the Messiah. Faithful to his mission to baptize all who came to him, John readily recognized Jesus as the Messiah when the Spirit came down and rested upon him. John's fidelity for watching ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 1/06/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Arriving at Jerusalem, the Magi thought they had come to the birthplace of “the newborn king of the Jews,” for Jerusalem was the traditional home of the Jewish king. But the “newborn king” was not where they expected to find him. He was in Bethlehem, ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 12/30/16

My Dear Parish Family,

The shepherds “found Mary….and the infant lying in the manger.” This mother’s contemplative love flowing from her heart complements what the angel “told them about the child.” Mary was present when the shepherds encountered her Son. They received the Good News into their hearts and ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 12/23/16

My Dear Parish Family,

Christmas tends to bring out the best in us: we hear God's revelation of salvation and we respond with glory and praise. However, the real challenge of this Gospel is to carry it forth beyond Christmas into our whole year. Each time we respond to ... Read More »