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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 »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 3/24/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Potters often remark on the pliability of moist clay, how easily it is shaped, how thrilling it is to draw a blob into a form that begins in the eye of the potter’s imagination and becomes a beautiful work of art. Jesus thrills to draw ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 3/17/17

My dear Parish Family,This long gospel story begins with a simple, human scene: a thirsty traveler, a communal well, a woman come to draw water. But something significant happens:the scene shifts from Jesus’ thirst to that of the woman.The Samaritan woman thought she was thirsting for water; Jesus gradually ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 3/03/17

My Dear Parish Family,

The Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil to exercise self-serving power, to preserve his physical well-being, and to seek worldly wealth. The same Spirit leads us into the desert of ourselves to encounter the demons within us, to encounter ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 2/24/17

My Dear Parish Family,

This Sunday’s Gospel begins by first challenging us to a stark, either-or choice: which master to choose, God or “mammon.” Jesus simply states that we cannot serve both. Then the Gospel presents us with another, even more difficult choice – not even to worry about ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 2/14/17

My Dear Parish Family,In both Greek and Latin vocabulary, “perfect” has to do with bringing to completion, fulfillment, having an ultimate end in sight. We see in Jesus’ life-giving actions a model of the heavenly Father’s perfection: his gift of compassion and healing to the sick and suffering; his gift ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 2/10/17

My Dear Parish Family,

In today’s Gospel, a continuation of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, which is a blueprint for faithful Christian living, Jesus is speaking about laws and human behavior. He does not make life easier for his hearers’ by easing the law; he does give a better ... Read More »