10/22/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, You know it’s coming close to winter when you have the mu- sic director in your office planning music for All Saints, All Souls, Immaculate Conception, Christmas and New Year. Yes it’s that time of year and we have to plan. The difficulty with the over commercialization of all of our…

10/15/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This year we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady at Fatima. In 1991 I was present for the final Mass of the Pilgrimage season on October 13th. For me it was one of the most moving of faith experiences. All week the ordinary Portuguese had…

10/08/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Fifteen years ago on October 6th St Francis Xavier Parish came into being. There was great optimism that this area was going to boom, but the good Lord had other plans, he wanted a community, one that cared ,that was welcoming and got to know the people that were…

10/01/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, What happens now? That was the question many people asked me after Mass on Sunday. They were talking about the Rectory. After the meeting on Friday the architect was asked to finalize the plans and begin the process of getting the necessary permits. As soon as we have the…

09/24/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, You realize summer is over when the first two rounds of Family Centered Faith Formation and the first youth group meeting are over and confirmation is the next big event. We are grateful for all who make our Religious education programs possible. This year the number for confirmation is…

09/17/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the midst of disaster we often see the worst and the best of humanity. The inhumanity of the attacks on 9/11 are contrasted by the bravery of the police and services in the struggle to get people to safety. Men and women risked and lost their lives to save others….

09/10/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The rummage sale and all that happened before and after once again showed the great community that exists in this parish. The volunteers that came forward for setting up , for selling and for cleanup were unbelievable. There was fun and laughter and great sense of achievement and I…

09/03/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Sometimes I am amazed at how people do not read a question or because the answer is in the question, they believe it to be a trick. To give an example here are a number of responses from a recent religious education test. On what day of the week…

08/27/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Last weekend Penny led the catechists in a training session in preparation for the beginning of the Religious Education program. An enormous amount of preparation is done before the first Family Centered Faith Formation session. Teaching aids, lesson plans, videos and training sessions. This year we had to search…

08/20/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I have often looked at my sitting room or my bedroom and said “oh my God what a mess” and after an hour or so trying to tidy it thought it looked ten times worse. These days when I walk in to the lower level of the church I…