Pastor’s Desk 07.01.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: INDEPENDENCE DAY How many people this week as they celebrate the 4th of July holiday by grilling their hot dogs, drinking their beer, lighting off their sparklers and fireworks – will stop for even a few moments and bow their head in gratitude? How many will try to think of creative

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Pastor’s Desk 06.18.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk:   Aloha, Miss me? I sure do miss all of you, but I’ll be home in a few days. It has been nice spending time with family, at the beach, on the golf course, having great fresh fish meals, pineapples and papyrus, and, of course, evening walks watching the magnificent sunsets.

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Pastor’s Desk 06.04.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! About 10 years or so ago, we had a very cool conflation of celebrations. Mother’s Day and Pentecost were on the same day. And, as was brought to my attention just before mass that day, a mother and her daughter were both celebrating their birthdays also on that same day! A mother’s birthday has

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Pastor’s Desk 05.21.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk:   The Spirit of Truth In today’s Gospel Jesus is saying goodbye to his disciples. He sees them sad and upset, because soon they won’t have him with them – and who can fill that void? Until now he has been the one who took care of them, defended them from the Scribes and Pharisees, sustained

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Pastor’s Desk 05.14.17 Mother’s Day

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: Mothers Day July will mark my third year here. I have prayed, cried, laughed and rejoiced with many of you. I have seen you in great sorrow and great joy. I implored the Lord for what you have asked. What follows here flows from those requests, concerns and often time, tears, as well as

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Pastor’s Desk 04.30.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: May – A Time of Grace The month of May, which starts tomorrow, is dedicated to The Blessed Virgin Mary. This year the entire month falls within the liturgical season of Easter, which is represented by the liturgical color white — the color of light, a symbol of joy, purity and innocence (absolute or restored). As

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Pastor’s Desk 04.09.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: Palm Sunday We begin Holy Week by remembering Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. I say triumphal but actually it wasn’t very triumphal at all. Yet, greeted by the poor and downtrodden, it was indeed a procession and it certainly marked the formal entry into Jerusalem of Christ the long awaited Messiah. The key concept we need

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Pastor’s Desk 03.26.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: Here we are, half-way through Lent 2017. If you are like most of us – you’ve already struggled with your Lenten Resolutions – perhaps you‘ve even flat out failed and fallen. Do not be discouraged – Christ Himself fell 3 times on His way to Calvary – but He got back up each time

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Pastor’s Desk 03.19.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: Taking a ‘Guilt Trip’ this Lent? Guilt is good. Well, in proper proportion anyway. Therein lies the rub. Like so many other things that CAN be good – we tend to over indulge in it – especially during Lent. Guilt is a normal, Godgiven reaction to sin. Let me explain. Guilt is the spiritual counterpart

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Pastor’s Desk 03.12.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: Things to do during Lent: We are all asked to embrace the practices of Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving during Lent. Fasting: The directives for fasting were posted in the bulletin a few weeks ago and I do encourage each of you to add a “small fast‟ of something each day. It could be as simple

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