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A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 12/16/16

My Dear Parish Family,

In most cases, putting up the Christmas decorations in our home necessitates moving things around. Furniture is moved to accommodate the Christmas tree. The buffet is cleared off to make room for a seasonal centerpiece. Our schedules are shifted to have the time to prepare ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 12/09/16

My Dear Parish Family,

We grow into witnessing to Jesus’ life and mission when we ourselves seek to answer the question “Are you the one….?” by personally encountering Christ in prayer and opening ourselves to recognizing him in our own and others’ good works. We cannot know someone whom ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 12/02/16

My Dear Parish Family,

John the Baptist condemns to destructive fire those who do not produce good fruit by the way they live. He also announces that One is coming who will bring a baptism of Spirit and fire. The fire of this baptism both burns away the “chaff” ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 11/18/16

My Dear Parish Family,

In today’s Gospel the Good Thief said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” This solemnity celebrates Christ as King. His kingdom has come. We are living in God’s kingdom now. We are called not to simply pay homage to our exalted King, ... Read More »

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 »