Pastoral Messages

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2022

Sunday’s Readings: Isaiah 66:10-14c; Psalms 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20; Galatians 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 OR 10:1:9

……from your Pastor’s Desk – Independence Day – How many people this weekend as they grill their hot dogs, drink their beer, light 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 ways to share their abundance with those who do not even have the basic necessities of life? …

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2022

Sunday’s Readings: 1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21; Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11; Galatians 5:1, 13-18; Luke 9:51-62

……from your Pastor’s Desk – Nobody Sunday? – For the last 16 Weekends every Sunday has had a title from ‘The First Sunday of Lent’ on March 6th up until last week’s feast of ‘The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ’. So, when I first looked at the readings for today – I saw it was just ‘The 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time’. I jokingly said to myself – aha – ‘Nobody Sunday’. …

Holy Trinity Sunday – 2022

Sunday’s Readings: Proverbs 8:22-31; Psalms 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

……from your Pastor’s Desk – The Mystery of The Most Holy Trinity – It is Jesus Himself who teaches us the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. The Gospel today, from Saint John, is clear that Jesus understood both Father and Spirit. The development of this doctrine takes time because Jesus was not a teacher of philosophy or of theology. Jesus lived the mystery and spoke in such a way that we are able to come to understand it. …

Pentecost Sunday – 2022

Sunday’s Readings: Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11; Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13; OR Romans 8:8-17; John 20:19-23

……from your Pastor’s Desk – HAPPY BIRTHDAY! – A few years back, 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 on that same day! A mother’s birthday has a special appeal. It usually evokes a significant response in family members, especially in the strays. …

The Ascension of the Lord – 2022

Sunday’s Readings: Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11; Psalms 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9; Ephesians 1:17-23; OR Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23; Luke 24:46-53

……from your Pastor’s Desk – MEMORIAL DAY – Dear God, Your Word tells us, “Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build. Unless the Lord guard the city, in vain does the guard keep watch” (Psalm 127:1). Thank You for those who have guarded not only our cities, but our country, allies, and many other communities from unjust and unprincipled aggressors. …

5th Sunday of Easter – 2022

Sunday’s Readings: Acts of the Apostles 14:21-27; Psalms 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13; Revelation 21:1-5a; John 13:31-33a, 34-35

……from your Pastor’s Desk – “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” A theme of today’s Mass is Love – a subject that is so easy to write badly about, so hard to write well about. There exists a tendency in all of us to place love (and all the things that challenge us) at a distance. …