11/12/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last Sunday I cut the ground for the new rectory and later that evening I headed for Ireland for my niece’s wedding. The wedding is next Saturday and it will be a happy occasion, when we will meet with cousins, family and friends that in the last few years we have…

11/05/2017

November – Month of Remembrance Bring Photos to Remember our Deceased Loved Ones. We begin the month with the observance of All Saints Day (Nov 1) and then the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day, Nov 2). These days allow us the opportunity to reflect upon family members and dears friends who have…

10/29/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Halloween, is an old English word. Hallow meaning holy and ween meaning evening. It means the eve of All Hallows / All Saints. Many of our Christian festivals, were originally pagan festivals that the early missionaries changed to Christian Festivals. They understood the culture and instead of fighting it…

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…