Browsing From the Pastor's Desk

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord ~ January 6, 2019

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 1/07/19

My Dear Parish Family,

Incandescent light bulbs are being replaced by more energy efficient and longer lasting CFL, LED, and halogen light bulbs. These are more expensive, but in the long run, bring many cost-effective benefits. God’s “light” is the most energy efficient, long lasting, benefit-giving Light there ... Read More »

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph - December 30, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 12/28/18

My Dear Parish Family,

How often are we confident — even complacent — about knowing where to find Jesus, only to be startled — even frightened — to discover he is not there? Our response is to search frantically for him, but when we find him we are ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ December 23, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 12/21/18

My Dear Parish Family,

In the carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” we sing about “ten lords a leaping.” In this Sunday’s Gospel we hear about another “lord” a leaping – the unborn John who leaps with joy in Elizabeth’s womb in the presence of the unborn Child ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Advent ~ December 16, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 12/14/18

My Dear Parish Family,

Last Sunday’s Gospel directed our attention to the end times and gave us a glimpse of those times, both in terms of the calamities that will befall those who are not ready as well as the promise of safety and security for those who ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Advent ~ December 9, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 12/08/18

My Dear Parish Family,

Last Sunday’s Gospel directed our attention to the end times and gave us a glimpse of those times, both in terms of the calamities that will befall those who are not ready as well as the promise of safety and security for those who ... Read More »

First Sunday of Advent ~ December 2, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 11/29/18

My Dear Parish Family,

At this point in the year it is almost winter with shorter daylight hours, changing weather patterns, and increased busy-ness as we shop, bake, clean, decorate, etc. New seasons always call for adjustments – not just in clocks, clothing and calendars but also in ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ November 3 - 4, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 11/02/18

My Dear Parish Family,

In creating us, God invites us to participate in the work of creation by embracing God’s spirit of love. In today’s Gospel, Jesus lifts up such love as the center of the kingdom of God. Devotion to God is not genuine unless it includes ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ October 27 - 28, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 10/26/18

My Dear Parish Family, All kinds of things can keep us from seeing. Some are physical, such as blinders on horses, tears or cataracts, myopia, masks, and lack of light. Some are psychological, such as obstinacy, tunnel vision, close-mindedness, fear and sensory overload. As with Bartimaeus and some in ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ October 20 - 21, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 10/19/18

My Dear Parish Family,

Much of what we recognize in life as “glory” is measured by external accolades such as parades, awards, TV appearances, financial bonuses, etc. Sometimes such accolades are merited; sometimes not; always they are fleeting. Nonetheless, they remain appealing and motivate our behaviors.

The apostles ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ October 13 - 14, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 10/15/18

My Dear Parish Family,

Each of us has something or another holding us back from a complete and wholehearted commitment to following

Jesus. For some it might be a sense of pride and social standing we receive from our position at work. What happens when that is gone? What ... Read More »