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A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 6/09/17

My Dear Parish Family,

It is awesome to think that God invites us to share in such a great mystery as the Holy Trinity! It seems as though God’s graciousness never ends – not only with sending his Son but, further, with inviting us into God’s saving work. In ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 6/02/17

My Dear Parish Family,

The importance of Pentecost is that the Spirit enables us to witness, to proclaim, to forgive, and to bring peace. By Christ’s ascending into heaven and sending the Spirit, he makes his mission our mission. Thus, we are enabled to continue Jesus’ mission through the ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 5/26/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Our society glorifies being our own person and doing all we can to make our lives easy. This gospel and second reading make clear that to live the paschal mystery (Jesus’ dying and rising) and continue Jesus’ works means that we must be like Jesus ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 5/18/17

My Dear Parish Family,

                  So much of our life seems anything but connected to Jesus and expressive of our love for him. Our sheer busyness hardly leaves us with a moment to catch our breath, let alone be concerned about loving Jesus!

                  Loving ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 5/11/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Jesus’ claim that he is “the way and the truth and the life” is a sweeping one that dares us to see Jesus as everything we need to come to the fullness of risen life ourselves. The “way” is not always appealing – dying to ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 5/05/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Gates can reveal a lot about what is beyond them. A broken-down, vine-covered gate suggests an abandoned house or one where the occupants don’t care much about keeping up property and appearances. An easy swinging gate suggests many people pass through. A decorative gate with ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 4/28/17

My Dear Parish Family,

The disciples on the road to Emmaus were rehashing mere facts about the One they thought would “redeem Israel.” Blinded by their own disappointment, they missed the deeper insight. They could not even accept what some women had reported: “that he was alive.” Though they ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 4/21/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Some interpersonal encounters are passing; we smile and say hello, for example, and then go on our way without any further thought. Other encounters, however, engage us at the deep level of who we are, change us, and stay with us. Always, authentic encounters with ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 4/14/17

My Dear Parish Family,

 What a tantalizing Gospel to hear on Easter Sunday! Mary of Magdala arises early on the “first day of the week” to go to Jesus’ tomb! What does she see? Merely that the stone is rolled away from the entrance. The gospel doesn’t tell us ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 4/07/17

My Dear Parish Family,We cry this day “Hosanna!” but, unlike the people of the city of Jerusalem long ago, we need not ask “Who is this?” This is the one who models for us the mystery of life: dying to self so that we might be exalted, raised to ... Read More »