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Dear Friends, Today we celebrate the first of two feasts in Ordinary Time, the feast of the Trinity. Next week, we will celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, formerly known as Corpus Christi. These feasts remind us that as the people of God, the church, we are anything but ordinary. Everything about our lives as God’s people is rather extraordinary. While I think this is something   Read More ...

Catechesis Pastor's Desk

Dear Friends, Today we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost. This feast is sometimes referred to as the “birthday of the church.” The Easter season comes to its conclusion on this day and we return to what the church calls “ordinary time.” In today’s gospel, we hear Jesus wishing His disciples peace. Three times He says “Peace be with you.” He then tells them that just as He was sent   Read More ...

Catechesis Pastor's Desk

Today we hear the last of the three great stories of the Lenten season. This is the story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. For the past three weeks, we have heard stories of great conversation and drama, encounters that people had with Jesus that significantly changed their lives. The woman at the well asked Jesus for life-giving water and received the gift of salvation. The man born blind had his   Read More ...

Catechesis Pastor's Desk Reflections

Dear Friends, For the next three Sundays in Lent, we will listen to stories of great conversion and deep spirituality as experienced in the lives of God’s people. Today, we heard the story of the woman at the well, a Samaritan, an outsider, a woman. Next week, we will hear the story of the man born blind, thought to be a sinner and judged to be unfavored by God because   Read More ...

Catechesis Parish News Pastor's Desk Reflections

Dear Friends, In today’s Gospel, we listened to the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus. In this story, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up the mountain and gives them a glimpse of resurrected life. This is a story we listen to each year on this second Sunday in Lent. Why is this It is because during Lent we are making our way to Jerusalem with Jesus, preparing ourselves to   Read More ...

Catechesis Current Events Parish News Pastor's Desk

Dear Friends,  Once again, we hear about John the Baptist in the Gospel. This time it is at the ends of John’s life. He has been arrested and thrown into prison. Jesus now takes up the Baptist’s clarion call and tells the people to repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew has Jesus using this theme to announce His public ministry. John called the people to conversion   Read More ...

Catechesis Pastor's Desk Reflections

Dear Friends, Last weekend we celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. We listened to the Gospel of how when Jesus was baptized, John saw a dove hover over His head and heard a voice from the heavens that told the people that Jesus was the Son of God. Today, we hear again about the baptism of Jesus but this time we hear about it from the perspective   Read More ...

Catechesis Pastor's Desk Reflections