Pastor’s Desk 5.6.18

…..from the Pastor’s Desk: A.M.A. As you know I was a Military Chaplain for many years. I returned to the Diocese to parish Ministry in 2003. Until then the acronym ‘A.M.A.’ meant one of four things to me: American Medical Association, American Motorcyclist Association, American Music Awards or ‘Against Medical Advice’. I soon learned that it had a fourth; Annual Ministry

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Pastor’s Desk 4.22.18

…..from the Pastor’s Desk: Jesus tells us in today’s gospel that he is the Good Shepherd. He makes a distinction between good shepherds, hired hands, and wolves. As a good shepherd, Jesus knows his sheep and his sheep know him. He is so devoted to his sheep that he is willing to die for them. Not only is this image

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Pastor’s Desk 4.15.18

…..from the Pastor’s Desk: Reflection.. The Rest… of the Story… Folks of a certain age will remember the Paul Harvey radio show called “The Rest of the Story.” Harvey always reserved until the last thing in his show a surprise ending to the story he had been reporting that week. Well, Sunday’s Gospel contains the

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Pastor’s Desk 4.8.18

…..from the Pastor’s Desk: “Thinking Thomas” – No Doubt There is something to be said for doubt at times. It is a good thing to be able to doubt oneself, provided it doesn’t become an addiction that cripples us; to doubt ones ideas, one’s principles, one’s work,… and to doubt much of what we hear. Although religion can provide

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Pastor’s Desk Easter 2018

…..from the Pastor’s Desk:  Happy Easter! A Happy Thought on a Happy Feast: Have you ever considered that this is the only time when people, even strangers, give a spiritually based greeting? Merry Christmas is often replaced by ‘Happy Holidays’ and “Happy Thanksgiving’ has become a secular salutation, but so far “Happy Easter” stands firm

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Pastor’s Desk – Holy Week

…..from the Pastor’s Desk: This week we begin a time so sacred to us Catholics that it is called ‘Holy Week.’ It is true that as far as individual celebrations go, Christmas seems to overshadow Easter, but Holy Week is more than just Easter Sunday. Our Mass today makes a diametrical shift from the celebration

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Pastor’s Desk 03.18.18

…..from the Pastor’s Desk: Here Is A ‘Truism’ Every life worth living, every great work, has a price that has to be paid. And whatever that price is, it always involves letting go of something we value. The child, in a sense, has to let go childhood to become an adult. The single have to let

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Pastor’s Desk 03.11.18

…..from the Pastor’s Desk: “Bless me Father for I have sinned”. When was the last time you said those words? This week you will have an excellent opportunity to do just that. This Thursday evening [March 15th] starting at 630pm we will have our “Lenten Confessions”. Three priests will be available. One speaks both English and

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Pastor’s Desk 02.25.18

…..from the Pastor’s Desk: Transfiguration This week we have the wonderful gospel of the Transfiguration of Jesus. For one brief moment, his disciples are allowed to see what lies ahead for all to follow his way. We begin our own ‘transfiguration’ while still on earth, not so much achieving ‘glorified body’, but transforming our heart,

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Pastor’s Desk 02.18.18

…..from the Pastor’s Desk: Realigning Our Priorities All of us have, at one time or another, named certain things as our “priorities”. From time to time, when we become aware of our not doing something that is really important, we say, “ I have to make that a priority.” Lent is an important time to do

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