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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. Hearing Jesus's "woes" for the rich, full, and respected, then, may be a little unnerving. It should be! His stark [...]

By |February 14th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

Pastor’s Column – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 10, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers, The first Reading tells of the call of Isaiah to the ministry of prophecy. In a vision in the Temple God reveals himself to Isaiah as the All-holy One. The vision evokes in Isaiah a sense of his own sinfulness. But then, cleansed of his sin, he responds without hesitation to [...]

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

Pastor’s Column – Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 3, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers, Like so many prophets before and after him, Jesus was rejected by his own people. They couldn’t take the truth he was telling them. Let us reflect for a moment on the fact that we too have no great appetite for the truth, and often reject the messengers God sends us. [...]

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

Pastor’s Column – Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 27, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers, The challenge for all of us is to hear the Gospel as though it were new every day. We get so used to hearing the stories about Jesus and the Gospel narratives that we can block them out from having any new meaning in our lives. It is almost as if [...]

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

Pastor’s Column – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 20, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,   The first reading comes from the so-called Third Isaiah and is essentially an oracle of salvation. It consists of a prophetic promise of deliverance developed through the use of marriage imagery. In the earlier part of the book, Isaiah spoke about the nearly unredeemable relationship between the people [...]

By |January 17th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page, St Mary's, St. Aloysius|0 Comments

Pastor’s Column – The Baptism of the Lord – January 13, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers, This Sunday feast of the Baptism of the Lord signals the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of "Ordinary Time." The church's liturgical calendar now begins its long reflection on the mission of Jesus that will be viewed this year through the prism of Luke's Gospel. In each of [...]

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

Pastor’s Column – The Epiphany of the Lord – January 6, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers,   On a cold morning three palm fruit farmers were warming themselves by the fireside. Soon two of them were engaged in a heated debate comparing their religions to decide which one was the true religion. Okoro, the oldest among them, sat quietly listening to the debate. Suddenly the two turned [...]

By |January 4th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

Pastor’s Column – The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – December 30, 2018

Dear sisters and brothers,   The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is a model for all families. Being a Holy Family does not mean that everything was smooth for them. It was a family with many ups and downs. Mary conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. Mary’s pregnancy was a troubling [...]

By |December 31st, 2018|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

Pastor’s Column – Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 23, 2018

My sisters and brothers in Christ,   Today’s readings afford us the opportunity to focus on our individual wills in relation to the Advent of Our Lord and Savior. John Cassian, an early Church father, wrote in his First Conference that the purpose of a monk’s profession (indeed, all Christians’ professions) is to seek the [...]

By |December 21st, 2018|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

Pastor’s Column – Third Sunday of Advent – December 16, 2018

  My sisters and brothers in Christ,   The joy of Advent!  And, a hidden fee. The joy that comes into our hearts as we think of God becoming a baby in order to save us from ourselves and from all that is evil. The latter part of that wonderful gift, the saving us from all [...]

By |December 21st, 2018|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments