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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 11, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 8/08/19

My Dear Parish Family, We live by the clock. Time is money. We calculate time minutely because of overfilled schedules, too little sleep, too many demands. We hardly have the time to consider our responses – we just go, go, go. This Sunday’s Gospel contrasts calculating time with ... Read More »

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 4, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 8/02/19

My Dear Parish Family,

In this life, what do we need? Food, clothing, and shelter readily come to mind. But how much of these necessities of life do we really need? It is easy to confuse wants with needs, greed and security. This Sunday’s Gospel challenges us to ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday of Easter ~ May 19, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 5/18/19

My Dear Parish Family, We experience many kinds of self-sacrificing love. There is honest love, where someone finds a briefcase of money and turns it in to the authorities rather than keeping it. There is caring love, where a stranger helps someone who trips and falls. There is ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Easter ~ May 12, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 5/09/19

My Dear Parish Family,

When we say something is out of our hands, we mean we have no control over a situation, no power to influence its direction, or shape its outcome. When we wash our hands of something, we free ourselves of any connection with it. When ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Easter ~ May 5, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 5/03/19

My Dear Parish Family, “Gone fishing!”  This saying can be used either literally or metaphorically. Sometimes it indicates someone really has gone fishing, like the disciples in the Gospel. At other times, it means someone has taken a break from the demands of work. Little did Peter know ... Read More »

Divine Mercy Sunday ~ April 28, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 4/26/19

My Dear Parish Family, The disciples cowered behind locked doors, fearful that Jesus’ fate would be theirs. We, too, often cower behind locked doors – locked minds, locked hearts – and are fearful of stepping into the unknown, often holding ourselves back from new experiences, new joys, new life. ... Read More »

Easter ~ April 21, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 4/16/19

My Dear Parish Family, Adults often run with purpose: they jog for exercise, run when they see a toddler about to wander onto a busy street, run down to a trauma center hall toward a loved one. In the Gospel Peter and John ran with a purpose, too: ... Read More »

Palm Sunday ~ April 14, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 4/16/19

My Dear Parish Family, For most of us Holy Week unfolds like many other weeks; we still contend with work, school, preparing meals, doing laundry, cranky folks, the usual triumphs and setbacks. Palm Sunday begins an extraordinary week – a week that concentrates in a few days the ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Lent ~ March 31, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 4/01/19

  My Dear Parish Family, This Fourth Sunday of Lent is traditionally called “Laetare Sunday,” from the Latin meaning “to rejoice” or “to be joyful.” This is a perfect Sunday on which to proclaim this Gospel about the Prodigal Son. The father is so joyful at his son’s return ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Lent ~ March 24, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 3/22/19

My Dear Parish Family, Just give me one more chance! Just let me try again! Just let me do that one more time! How often we are the fig tree in the parable, hoping another will coax out of us the fruit we have yet to bear! How ... Read More »