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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 »

Second Sunday of Lent ~ March 17, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 3/15/19

My Dear Parish Family,

The Gospel about the transfiguration is a familiar one. The temptation is to all too quickly limit its meaning and power. There is more to this event than a glimpse of future glory. It tells us of what we can expect along the journey ... Read More »

First Sunday of Lent ~ March 10, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 3/11/19

 

My Dear Parish Family, Following his Baptism Jesus is led into the desert for forty days of fasting and prayer. Two other heroes of our faith underwent similar experiences. Before receiving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, Moses went without food and water for forty days. The prophet ... Read More »