12/25/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In today’s world of excessive Christmas decorations the real message of Christmas can be lost. A couple of generations ago the decorations were much simpler and much more re- lated to the Birth of the Savior. In Ireland there was a cus- tom of placing a large candle that…

12/18/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We are told in the gospel that after the Annunciation, Mary set out to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Many times in the scriptures after a divine intervention the recipient is challenged to set out and share the good news. After the resurrection the disciples set out to return to…

12/11/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A Little poem I came across a nice reflection for the season THE World is Mine….Author Unknown Today, upon a bus, I saw a very beautiful woman and wished I were as beautiful. When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle. She had one…

12/04/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Over the last year if you have read my few words in the bulletin you will have noticed that I usually end my word with let the journey continue. What do I mean by that? I believe that our life as Christians is a pilgrimage or a journey. During…

11/28/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Every year when we begin Advent we begin again a journey of faith. Advent is not Christmas. It is a time to look at our lives and our values, to see how we can better help one another on our journey of faith. Prepare the way of the Lord…

11/20/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, When I was reading last Sunday’s Gospel for the thirty-third Sunday in ordinary time I was reminded once again that we do not have a lasting kingdom here in this world. I was also reminded of the numerous New Year resolutions I have made to get rid of stuff….

11/13/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We are into the last two weeks of ordinary time and then it’s the beginning of Advent. I am inviting you to try and read with us the book by Matthew Halbach Becoming a Parish of Mercy. I know the year of mercy is coming to an end but…

11/06/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Prayer to Mary, the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States Most Holy Trinity: Our Father in Heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your Spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother, in union with Mary we…

10/30/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This week we celebrate the Feast of all Saints and we commemorate the souls of the faithful departed. There are many traditions associated with these two days. As a child I remember my mother trying to visit as many churches as she could on all souls day. She would…

10/23/2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, If you walk around stores or you listen to announcements you hear a lot about Halloween. Have you ever thought about what the word means. We use one of the words every time we pray the Our Father. We say Hallowed be your name. Hallowed or may your name…