Pastor’s Desk 6.28.15

Ordinary Time? This Sunday we celebrate the Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The term, Ordinary Time, does not mean unimportant. The word stems from the same root as ordinal (like the ordinal numbers) and refers to the fact that these are the counted (or numbered) Sundays of the year. They fall into the broad category

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Pastor’s Desk 6.21.15

Father’s Day  The word ‘father’ brings up many different emotions and feelings for people. Hopefully for most it is positive, but not everyone has had a good father. Some have never had a father at all. So what does it mean to be a father? Let us look at one of the most famous fathers,

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Pastor’s Desk 6.13.15

Nobody Sunday? For the last 16 Weekends every Sunday has had a title from ‘The First Sunday of Lent’ on February 22nd up until last week’s feast of ‘The Body and Blood of Christ’. So when I first looked at the readings for today – I saw it was just ‘The 11closeERROR: No results were

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…A View – From the Pew…

… A View – From the Pew … Many of you have told me of spiritual quickening’s or illuminations that came to you either at Mass or other times during the week from something you experienced at Mass or other parish activities. Times when you knew God was speaking directly to you.  I thought how

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Pastor’s Desk 6.6.15

…..from your Pastor’s Desk:    The Eucharist and SCUBA People have commented that when I raise the Host after Consecration – I hold it up longer than most priests.  Well, if I do, I am not doing it for dramatic effect! When I hold up the Eucharist after the Consecration, you and I spend a

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Pastor’s Desk 5.31.15

The Holy Trinity   Even the great theologians of the Church never claim to understand the mystery of the Trinity. For us who are not great theologians, it is possible to understand a small bit of this enormous mystery simply by listening to the readings that are given to us. The first reading is from

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Pastor’s Desk 5.24.15

Why Pentecost?       “Without the Holy Spirit, God is distant, Christ is merely an historical figure, the Gospel is a dead letter, the Church is just an organization, authority is domination, mission is propaganda, liturgy is only nostalgia, and the work of Christians is slave labor.      But with the Holy Spirit, Christ is risen

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Pastor’s Desk 5.17.15

Parting messages have their own impact. The last words said by someone moving away or even going away for a long time hold special places in our hearts. I remember the deployments I went on in my 16 years of military service and how touching were those words between husband and wife and parent and

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Pastor’s Desk 5.10.15

In the past 10 months 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 those from previous parishes and

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Pastor’s Desk 5.3.15

In my spiritual life I can look back on periods when I thought I was living in Christ, yet, upon reflection now, the actual fruit of my life was far from God’s will.  At certain levels of consciousness I thought that I belonged to Christ, however, my behavior, my attitudes, my words and thoughts, were

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