Pastor’s Desk 1.20.19

…..from your Pastors’ Desk… John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Junior. To some of us reading this, these names bring back memories of personal experiences during the turbulent times of the sixties and seventies; the start of the Civil Rights Movement, the Catholic Worker Houses and the beginning of the changes that are

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Faith Formation Update 1.06.19

Faith Formation Grades 1-6 Christmas celebrates God’s becoming one of us and one with us. Jesus comes as an infant, placed in the care of a struggling but loving family. The Feast of the Epiphany, a word that means “manifestation,” celebrates how Jesus was revealed as far more than the king of the Jews. He

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Pastor’s Desk 11.25.18

…..from your Pastors’ Desk… The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe: This Feast Day is enhanced by asking; and answering a few questions: Who is Jesus? What does He mean in your life? We call Him Messiah or Christ. Do those words mean anything to you personally? We call Him Savior, Redeemer and

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Pastor’s Desk Thanksgiving

…..from your Pastors’ Desk… I made this list a few years back after listening to various people, some who were not always grateful and didn’t see the blessings all around them. Most, however did. I was asked by several of you if I would put it in the bulletin again this year. It bears repeating.

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Pastor’s Desk Veterans Day

…..from your Pastors’ Desk… Veteran’s day is actually today, November 11th. The Holiday is celebrated this year on November 12th, since November 11th is a Sunday. But for continuity purposes, this writing says ‘Today’, the actual day.   Today is not Memorial day – Not a day to pray for those who died under arms.

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Pastor’s Desk 11.4.18

…..from your Pastors’ Desk… I love the fall. And as I quietly contemplate on what I might write, I watch dappled sunlight shifting through trees stirred by a warm, soft and gentle breeze. Leaves that are already on the cusp of turning into beautiful and stunning shades of gold and brown as winter awaits. It reminds me

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Pastor’s Desk 10.28.18

…..from your Pastors’ Desk… In today’s gospel Blind Bartimaeus asks for sight. He is indeed given that, but also an even greater gift; Insight, and becomes a follower. We have been told that God hears and answers every plea. Sometimes the answer is ‘yes’, sometimes, ‘not right now’, sometimes even – ‘no’. What have you asked of

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Pastor’s Desk “Archbishop Oscar Romero”

…..from your Pastors’ Desk… Last week at the masses I mentioned that we have some new saints including Pope Paul the VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero. A few folks asked me who he was, and considering he was murdered 38 years ago, many of you were not born yet, or were in grade school. Here is a article

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Pastor’s Desk 09.28.18

…..from your Pastors’ Desk…   ST. FRANCIS AND THE BLESSING OF ANIMALS As many of you already know, years ago Franciscans served in our Diocese. At one time they covered all of Lake County. And, as some of you also know, I too have a Franciscan background. There is evidence of our Franciscan roots throughout

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Pastor’s Desk 9.15.18

…..from the 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

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