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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Pastor’s Desk 03.04.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: House in a Box? Lenten Almsgiving. Every year, for the Parish, we choose something different to reach to. Things that help people in great need directly, personally. You have been so generous over the years whenever I have asked for assistance. There are so many good causes and programs out there. Most of what we hear

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Pastor’s Desk 02.26.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Holy Season of Lent – the time we change our lives for the better in preparation for the Most Holy of days – Easter Sunday. This raises a yearly question for each of us. What should I give up for Lent? Or, perhaps, what should I

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Pastor’s Desk 02.19.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: “What ever Happened to Limbo?” A few weeks ago I was preparing a married couple for the baptism of their child. In the course of the conversation, I mentioned ’Limbo ‘and that not only do we not teach its existence, but that it has never been a part of the ‘official’ teaching of the Church.

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Pastor’s Desk 02.11.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: Two weeks ago after the 10:15 Mass a couple who were visiting from Oregon stopped to talk with me. They asked me if it was a special ‘Children’s’ or ‘Family’ Mass. I said no, just the regular 10:15 Mass. They said they have been coming here twice a year [when visiting family] for quite a while

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Pastor’s Desk 02.04.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: PROJECT UPDATES: MANY ARE COLD-BUT FEW ARE FROZEN Well, that’s not exactly how the Scripture passage goes, but it sure does apply to us here today. As you know, if you have been here the last few weeks, our heating system is down. The continuous recent torrential rain finally did the duct-work in under the

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Pastor’s Desk 01.29.17

…..from your Pastor’s Desk: Seek The Lord At the very beginning of this day’s readings, we are told to seek the Lord. And then, gratefully, we are told how to do that. Both readings, the psalm and the Gospel, all come together to give a definition of how to seek the Lord. We seek the

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Pastor’s Desk 01.22.17 A.M.A.

…..from your 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;

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