Browsing From the Pastor's Desk

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 »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ September 29 - 30, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 9/27/18

YES, IT IS SO!!! Several actions surround the sharing of communion. We begin with the Lord’s Prayer, a prayer we know by heart, the prayer that sums up the basics of our life: praising God’s holiness, praying for God’s reign, asking for daily bread. We exchange a greeting of ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ September 22 - 23, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 9/26/18

ALWAYS THANKSGIVING The Eucharistic Prayer (“eucharist” means “thanksgiving”), beginning with “The Lord be with you” and  ending with the Great Amen, is the central part of the Mass. It is proclaimed over the bread and wine, basic symbols of life and death. We praise God for all creation and ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ June 16 - 17, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 6/15/18

My Dear Parish Family,

Our experience teaches us that seeds planted do not always produce a harvest. Weather patterns, soil conditions, and human labor are determinate factors. The growth of the kingdom of God, however, is assured because it rests on the power and promise of God: “As I, ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ May 12 - 13, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 5/11/18

My Dear Parish Family, The priestly prayer of Christ, which concludes John’s Last Supper discourse and which we hear this Sunday in the Gospel, hovers over us now as the Spirit hovers over us at Pentecost. The blessings for which Jesus prays form the foundation of the missionary activity ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ May 5 - 6, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 5/04/18

My Dear Parish Family,

From whom do we learn the real meaning of joy and love? From self-giving parents, from the serenity of those who suffer chronic pain, from patient teachers, from hospice caregivers, from those who are faithful to their life commitments, from someone who lives out of ... Read More »

From the Pastor's Desk ~ April 28 - 29, 2018

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 4/26/18

My Dear Parish Family,

A well and appealing landscape takes many hours of work. Left without care, the shrubs become unkempt, the grass looks like hay, the flowers become bland. Cutting back, cutting down, cutting away is what brings out the beauty of a landscape. This kind of work ... Read More »