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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 »

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 3/01/19

My Dear Parish Family, On Wednesday we will enter into the Season of Lent. As we think about what practice of penance we will embrace it is often easier to come up with penances for our spouse, children, colleagues, or friends than it is for ourselves. Jesus knew ... Read More »

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 2/15/19

My Dear Parish Family, In today’s readings we are offered a choice: trust in God or trust in humans (the first Reading), the way of the just or the way of the wicked (the psalm), belief in or denial of Christ’s resurrection, and blessing or woe (the Gospel). There ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ February 3, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 2/01/19

My Dear Parish Family, All of us struggle to hear and respond to God’s word in our lives. This Sunday we are confronted with the reality that we are not always going to like what we hear in God’s word. God’s word always takes us beyond where we are ... Read More »

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ January 27, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 1/25/19

My Dear Parish Family, When families gather for special threshold occasions – weddings, funerals, anniversaries, significant birthdays, graduations, First Communions – conversation inevitably includes the sharing of family lore. This is how younger members internalize who they are and how they belong to this family. It is no different ... Read More »