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Pastor’s Column – Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – November 10, 2019

2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14, 2 Thessalonians 2:16-35, Gospel: Luke 20:27-38 GOD IS FAITHFUL  A phrase into the middle of the second reading today is a summary that might be the key to understanding what our readings today are pointing to: "The Lord is faithful." This is the conviction that sustains the brothers in our first reading [...]

By |November 8th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

Pastor’s Column – Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – November 3, 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers, When speaking of the church's mission to the world, Pope Francis likes to use the phrase, "the existential peripheries." The church should not be turned in on itself but should reach outward to the world it is called to serve, particularly to those who are suffering. In a recent homily the [...]

By |November 1st, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

Pastor’s Column – Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 27, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, One lady was not feeling well and made an appointment to see a doctor. A doctor began by asking his new patient some basic  questions. “Do you drink at all?” I never touch alcohol!” she said, “Do you smoke?” “I never go near tobacco!” She was insulted by the [...]

By |October 25th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

Pastor’s Column – Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 20, 2019

My sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,   The Second Letter to Timothy, from which our second reading comes today, tells us this piece of wisdom: “You have known the sacred Scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ  Jesus.”  Clearly the lesson today is to seek wisdom and to [...]

By |October 18th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

Reflection – Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 13, 2019

Reflection: Gratitude Once there was a young man, who had never thought of donating blood. But then his father got very ill and was hospitalized. One day the son was sitting by his father’s bedside as he was getting a blood transfusion. As he watched the blood flowing into his father’s veins, he suddenly realized [...]

By |October 11th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Reflection|0 Comments

Pastor’s Column – Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time- October 13, 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Israel and Syria (which is north of Israel and Jordan) have been fighting with each other for centuries. Today’s first reading takes us back to 850 BC.  They were at war then. At times Syria was called Aram. Our reading is about an Aramean army general named Naaman. He had the [...]

By |October 11th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

Pastor’s Column – Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 6, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,   I have often heard people say, "I wish I had stronger faith." And there have been times when I have said the same thing myself. We usually make such statements during moments of distress such as serious illness, the loss of a loved one, or some significant disappointment.   Those [...]

By |October 8th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

Pastor’s Column – Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time- September 29, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,    Imagine this scene. A man dies and arrives before the Judgment Seat of God. The divine Judge goes through the Book of Life and does not find the man’s name. So He announces to the man that his place is in hell. The man protests, “But what did I do? [...]

By |September 26th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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, who has been accused of corruption. One of the most notorious cases in recent times was that of Nicholas Leeson, [...]

By |September 20th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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 sometimes kill the lambs of the Father’s flock; Help them to see the horror of what they are doing. Comfort [...]

By |September 13th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Reflection|0 Comments