Pastor’s Desk 5.9.21

……from your Pastor’s Desk As I sit down to write this, looking out my office window, I see the trellis covered with roses. Dozens and dozens. Also, beautiful Wisteria, one of my personal favorites. It’s May! May has been a favorite time of year for many Catholics. The month of May, which started last Saturday,

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Pastor’s Desk 5.2.21

……from your Pastor’s Desk In last Sunday’s gospel reading Jesus was the good shepherd and we the sheep. Today’s image expresses an even closer relationship: a vine and its branches. This is so close a relationship that you could say it is beyond relationship; it expresses identification. “I am the vine…you the branches.” But, as

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Pastor’s Desk 4.25.21

……from your Pastor’s Desk The stone rejected by the builders,becomes the cornerstone. Cornerstones are crucial to the integrity of the building. It is laid first to make sure of the building’s stability and is the rock upon which the weight of the whole stands strong. This one stone is crucial to the whole. Jesus the

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Pastor’s Desk 4.18.21

……from your Pastor’s Desk The Rest of the Story We have all heard the story before. Two disciples walked to a small town, about seven miles from Jerusalem, Emmaus. They were sorrowful—I suppose in the same way all people tend to be when a relative has died. The disciples’ hero was dead, the man they

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Pastor’s Desk 4.11.21

……from your 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 addition that cripples us; to doubt ones ideas, one’s principles, one’s work and to doubt much of what we hear.

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Pastor’s Desk 4.4.21

……from your 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 Holiday’s’ and ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ has become a secular salutation; but so far ‘Happy Easter’ stands firm

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Pastor’s Desk 3.28.21

……from your Pastor’s Desk Holy Week Today 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 Liturgy makes a diametrical shift from the celebration

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Pastor’s Desk 3.21.21

……from your Pastor’s Desk A.M.A. As you know I was a Military Chaplain for many years lived in a world of acronyms. 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

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Pastor’s Desk 3.14.21

……from your Pastor’s Desk “But whoever lives the truth comes to the light ….” Saint John the Evangelist lived these words. He not only wrote them in his Gospel account, his life reflected these words. His life was an icon of these words. St. John the Evangelist is called “the Beloved Disciple”. He’s called this

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Pastor’s Desk 3.7.21

Why So Upset? The Gospel for this Third Sunday of Lent gives us a shocking picture of Jesus. Our gentle savior has turned violent. He erupts as he sees merchants vend oxen, sheep and doves in the temple, sees money-changers doing base commerce in God’s house. Not only is this unlike the Jesus we know,

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