Fr. Valery

/Fr. Valery
­

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 the light, to be with Christ rather than against him. Let us ask the Lord to help us to be [...]

By |August 19th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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 significant ways, my becoming a fan has been quite unlikely. I am a pretty liberal Catholic, and pretty liberal as [...]

By |August 2nd, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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 when he began to show signs of physical weakness and mental confusion, everyone became concerned. He was eventually diagnosed with [...]

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

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 first reading we see how, when three strangers (Yahweh and two heavenly companions) suddenly appeared to Abraham, he reacted with [...]

By |July 19th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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 on his way home when he ran into a traffic jam on one of the bridges over the Potomac River. [...]

By |July 16th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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 grass with the crowd. In front of him sat an elderly gentleman who seemed to be listening attentively to the [...]

By |July 5th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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. Today’s gospel, in its desire to lead us to Christ does not picture Christ as “an easy going, do whatever [...]

By |June 28th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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 has become known as Augustine's "Sermon 272," the great doctor of the church unpacks the theology of the Corpus Christi -- [...]

By |June 21st, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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. But it is Jesus who reveals to us the mystery of God. Sometimes, we may so obsessed with God’s creation [...]

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

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 had neither the strength nor the will to begin it. But after Pentecost they were changed people. What was it [...]

By |June 7th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments