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Pastor’s Column – Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 22, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,   Greed for money has brought about the downfall of many a person. Almost every day we read in the newspapers about some minister in high office, or some top executive, [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 15, 2019

Dear brothers and sisters, God’s forgiveness is today’s theme. Our first reading (Exodus 32: 7-11, 13-14) takes us back to Moses, about 1300 years before Christ. The people of Israel had just escaped from Egypt [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 8, 2019

  Dear sisters and brothers,   There are people who have great goals in life, but they will never achieve those goals. Why not? Because they are not willing to pay the price.   There [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 1, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers,   A few years ago, I was watching a video by now-Bishop Robert Barron, when he said something that has struck with me ever since. He was talking about love of [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 25, 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers,   Jesus often does not give straight answers to questions posed to him. Today's gospel story, for instance, starts with someone asking him, "Will only a few people be saved?" It [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 18, 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers,   The gospel is a great comfort to us, especially in times of sorrow and trouble. But it’s a great challenge. It challenges us to shun darkness and to opt for [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 4, 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers,   The Second Mountain: In the last ten years or so, I have become a fan of the New York Times columnist and NPR/PBS radio and television personality David Brooks. In some [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 28, 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers,   A few years ago, my friend Tom died of brain cancer. Tom had been a Navy pilot for thirty years and was always in great physical and mental shape. So [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 21, 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers,   The first reading and the Gospel are hospitality stories. Hospitality was an esteemed virtue in the ancient world. It is still a highly regarded and very necessary virtue. In the [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 14, 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers,   Larry Skutnik, 28, was a shy man who worked in a government office in Washington. On the afternoon of  January 13, 1982, a severe snowstorm hit the city. He was [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 7, 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers, A preacher was speaking at an open-air crusade in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Billy Graham was to speak the following night. But he arrived a day early. He came unannounced and sat on the [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – June 30, 2019

My Dear Sisters and Brothers, The gospels have one objective, to lead us to Christ. Christ has one objective, to lead us to God. And God has one objective, to bring us to eternal happiness. [...]

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Pastor’s Column – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – June 23, 2019

My Dear Sisters and Brothers, More than sixteen-hundred-years ago, St. Augustine addressed a group of catechumens whom he was instructing on the faith in anticipation of their baptism and reception into the church. In what [...]

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Pastor’s Column – The Most Holy Trinity – June 16, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers, The feast of the Blessed Trinity, which we celebrate today, brings us face to face with the mystery of God. We can know certain things about God by looking at creation. [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Pentecost Sunday – June 9, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers, The Miracle of Change: Before the coming of the Spirit, the apostles were virtually living in hiding in the upper room. A great task had been entrusted to them, yet they [...]

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Pastor’s Column – The Ascension of the Lord – June 2, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers, Once upon a time there was a father who had twelve sons. Though he loved each of them he had a soft spot in his heart for the second youngest of [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 26, 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers, I take to heart these readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. I am hungering for the peace of Jesus promised in the Gospel. I want to see the vision of [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 19, 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers, One Sunday in a mass specially celebrated for married couples a priest preached about marriage. At the end of the service he was giving out small wooden crosses to each married [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Fourth Sunday of Easter – May 12, 2019

THE GOOD SHEPHERD In today’s Gospel, the Good shepherd says to us, ‘I know my sheep. They listen to my voice and follow me.’ Let us reflect for a moment on our failure to respond [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Third Sunday of Easter – May 5, 2019

Breakfast on the Shore The Scripture readings for this Sunday continue the tone of exuberant joy just right for this time between Easter and Pentecost. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Sunday of Divine Mercy – April 28, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers, Happy Easter! We have come through the darkness of lent and a long winter and are just rounding the corner into spring and Easter Hope. But a side of me has [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord – April 21, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers in the Lord, Christ is risen!  You and I are called to believe and we receive our faith through these early witnesses.  Those who have encountered the risen Christ, who appeared [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord – April 14, 2019

Commemoration of the Lord's Entry into Jerusalem Theme: What Is the Name of Your Donkey? What different story would we be telling today if the unnamed owners of the donkey had refused to give it [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Fifth Sunday of Lent – April 7, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers, Mercy and Forgiveness The Scripture readings of the fifth Sunday of Lent continue to offer lessons about God's startling mercy and compassion. God does not dwell on the sins of the [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Fourth Sunday of Lent – March 31, 2019

Let's first set the context of today's gospel reading. Liturgically, today's readings find us in cycle C of the Lenten lectionary. The Lenten gospels of Sundays three, four, and five form a triptych. In the [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Third Sunday of Lent – March 24, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers, Jesus employs very strong words in the Gospel today.  We are called to repentance.  We must break free from our slavery to sins and seek to do good.  Jesus is very [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Second Sunday of Lent – March 17, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers, What would you do if you witnessed a phenomenon in the heavens such as has been reported at Fatima or Lourdes or Medjegorie? Would you fall down on your knees? Or [...]

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Pastor’s Column – First Sunday of Lent – March 10, 2019

My sisters and brothers in the Lord, Can you remember the last time you struggled to successfully complete a task at home, at work, or at school?  Do you remember the relief that you felt [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – March 3, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers, Just as an orchard is judged by the quality of its fruit, so a person’s talk shows what kind of person he is. (First Reading)  This links with what Jesus says [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 24, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers, Jesus says, ‘Be compassionate---Do not judge---Do not condemn—Treat others as you would like them to treat you.’ These words are taken from today’s Gospel. How many of us could say that [...]

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Pastor’s Column – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 17, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers, Compared to the majority of people in the world, most of us who are reading this are relatively rich. We rarely, if ever, experience involuntary hunger or serious maltreatment by others. [...]

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Reflection – Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 15, 2019

Prayer for the lost lamb Lord Jesus, we pray for the sheep that are lost But our hearts go out especially to the lost lambs. Have mercy on the human wolves who steal, exploit, and [...]

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