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12/13/2015 Pastor’s Message

January 6th, 2016 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive 2015

Joy: A Way of Life The Third Sunday of Advent is know as Gaudete Sunday, from the Latin which means “Rejoice!” Quite simply, we Rejoice because the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth is near. The vestments change to rose color, as does the third candle on the wreath (some people call it pink, but more […]

12/27/2015 Pastor’s Message

January 6th, 2016 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive 2015

BREAD AND PEACE Today is the Solemnity of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. It is the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas, between the celebration of the Nativity and Mary, the Mother of God (Jan. 1). It calls us to focus on the holy family which we are – forgiven, redeemed, and […]

12/20/2015 Pastor’s Message

January 6th, 2016 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive 2015

SAME POWER There is a very moving song by the Christian musician Jeremy Camp called “Same Power.” The same power that can calm a raging sea lives in us…the same that rose Jesus from the grave…the same power that commands the dead to wake…lives in us…the same power that moves mountains when He speaks…greater is […]

12/06/2015 Pastor’s Message

December 14th, 2015 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive 2015

A VOICE OF ONE CRYING OUT On this Second Sunday of Advent, St. John the Baptist appears in the beautiful Gospel from St. Luke. He calls for us to “make straight the paths” in earnest preparation for the coming of the Lord. In my homily last week, I spoke of the two comings of Christ: […]

11/29/2015 Pastor’s Message

December 9th, 2015 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive 2015

An Advent of Justice We are beginning our new liturgical year with the First Sunday of Advent today. Our thoughts and hearts are focused on getting ready for the celebration of the Incarnation, the Day of Christmas. One scholar has reflected on this new season: “In our Advent celebrations, we find a strong emphasis on […]

11/22/2015 Pastor’s Message

November 30th, 2015 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive 2015

Ask Them for Their Story On Veterans Day I heard a piece on National Public Radio about outreach to veterans who were having difficulty after they came home from war. Many veterans experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), others substance abuse; homelessness and unemployment often faces them as well. The speaker said: “Take a moment […]

11/08/2015 Pastor’s Message

November 23rd, 2015 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive 2015

A Family Blessing God bless this house with an atmosphere of joy and peace Forever here. Bless each one in this Family, too. With Faith to build their lives anew. Bless all with good health and success to fill this house with happiness. One of our parishioners came to me the other day to bless […]

10/18/2015 Pastor’s Message

October 27th, 2015 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive 2015

Of Many Things Watch the Mail Soon you will receive a letter from me (sent postal mail) asking each family to make a concerted and sincere effort to increase their weekly offertory contribution. The letter outlines the need for this, and the utmost importance that this takes on in these challenging economic times. There is […]

10/11/2015 Pastor’s Message

October 19th, 2015 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive 2015

I Belong to Him Who am I? Where do I come from? Where am I going? I am nothing. Everything I possess, my being, life, understanding, will, and memory – all were given me by God, so all belong to Him. Saint John XXIII St. John XXIII reigned as Pope from 1958 until 1963; he […]

10/04/2015 Pastor’s Message

October 13th, 2015 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive 2015

JOY IN THE SPIRIT On Tuesday evening, we welcomed Bishop Christie Macaluso, who confirmed 27 young men and women in our parish family. They are all high school juniors, and have completed a two year preparation process for this day. I was struck by the variety of Confirmation names they chose, to invoke a particular […]

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