Browsing From the Pastor's Desk

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 20, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 10/18/19

My Dear Parish Family, How often children badger parents for something they want, for example, they see a toy advertised on TV or their favorite junk food on the grocery store shelf. By their persistence they hope to change their parents minds about what is good for them. The ... Read More »

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 8, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 9/06/19

My Dear Parish Family, Big life decisions require calculated thought. We calculate the gains and losses of selling our home. We calculate the positives and negatives of accepting a new job. We calculate the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate when voting. “Great crowds” were following Jesus. Did ... Read More »

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 1, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 8/30/19

My Dear Parish Family, Little children beg to sit next to Grandma and Grandpa at holiday meals. Why? Because they want to be near those who love them and who shower them with attention and gifts. At Jesus’ “wedding banquet,” should we not all be clamoring to sit ... Read More »

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 »