Pastor’s Desk 9.27.20

……from your Pastor’s Desk St. Francis and the Blessing of Animals Saturday, October 3rd at 10:30 am in our plaza. As many of you already know, years ago, many Franciscan priests and brothers served in our Diocese. At one time they covered all of Lake County. And, as some of you also know, I, too,

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Pastor’s Desk 9.20.20

……from your Pastor’s Desk Just Imagine I taught grade school religion for a short semester when I was about 22. By accident I discovered a great trick of teaching, one I needed very much. The class, you see, was in complete chaos each time I arrived in mid-day. But if I told a story, even

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NEW! Update on Outdoor Masses

Hello friends, We will now be having outdoor Masses at Holy Spirit: This coming Sunday September 13 at 10:00 AM Starting September 19th & 20th there will be 2 Masses. 5:00 PM on Saturday and 10:30 AM on Sunday (only 1 Mass Sunday-no 8:00 AM Mass) In all cases the outdoor Masses will be held

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Pastor’s Desk 9.13.20

……from your Pastor’s Desk The Exultation of The Holy Cross – September 14th, 2020 We Catholics have Crucifixes in our churches. Most other Christian churches have Crosses. The difference being that a Crucifix has the Body of Christ on it and a Cross doesn’t. Why do we have Him this way? Do we not know

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Pastor’s Desk 9.6.20

……from your Pastor’s Desk Labor Day: Monday,September 7, 2020 It seems odd to speak of ‘Labor Day’ when so many people are out of work. However, the ideals are still sound and true. In 1981 Pope [Now Saint] John Paul II wrote Laborem Exercens (On Human Work). In it he affirmed that “The Church considers

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Update on Indoor & Outdoor Masses

Hello friends, Up until this past weekend we have been able to hold limited attendance masses. We heard that the State Government was releasing new guidelines.We all hoped that the restrictions would lighten up and we would be able to have the three larger indoor masses on the weekends like we had a while back.

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Pastor’s Desk 8.30.20

……from your Pastor’s Desk “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,take up his cross, and follow me.” To understand today’s Gospel we must look back to a time in our lives when, in retrospect, we see that something or someone we wanted—and didn’t get—turned out to be the very best in the long

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Pastor’s Desk 8.23.20

……from your Pastor’s Desk “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” “He’s a man, he’s just a man,” sang Mary Magdalene in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. It is one answer to the question, Who is Jesus Christ?“We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ’n’

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Pastor’s Desk 8.16.20

……from your Pastor’s Desk Reflection on today’s Gospel… Love is what moves people through life. Love is what motivates. Love is what gives meaning to life. But what is true love? What does real love look like? The world defines love in countless ways, many of which contradict each other. If you flip through television

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Pastor’s Desk 8.9.20

……from your Pastor’s Desk Where do you find God? Only in church? Only while praying? Only in times of need or distress? Only in those we expect to be holy or pious people? Too often we look to great people and to the events in our lives to find God, as if our encounters with

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