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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 »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 2/10/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Jesus uses salt and light in today's Gospel to describe qualities of disciples. But here something much more is at stake than darkness or bland food. What is at stake is the effectiveness of what we do as disciples. This Gospel uses two metaphors with ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 1/27/17

My Dear Parish Family,

“Count your blessings!” How often people think of blessings only in terms of things – winning the lottery, owning a nice home, having a secure job. The Beatitudes assess blessings in an entirely different way: as attitudes and behaviors that are a sign of the ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 1/20/17

My Dear Parish Family,

Every encounter with Jesus provokes a response; the gospel for this Sunday shows a response of discipleship that is quick and decisive. Our own call to discipleship comes at our Baptism, but unlike the disciples in the Gospel our response isn’t usually so quick and ... Read More »

A message from our Pastor

Posted by Patricia Quirk on 1/11/17

My Dear Parish Family,

In this Sunday's gospel, John is portrayed as one actively watching  for the Messiah. Faithful to his mission to baptize all who came to him, John readily recognized Jesus as the Messiah when the Spirit came down and rested upon him. John's fidelity for watching ... Read More »