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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

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

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 and were going through the desert of Sinai on their way to the Promised Land. God had already made a [...]

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

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 is a story about a girl called Antoinette, who was very pretty but very poor. She had only one goal [...]

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

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 neighbor, or agape in Greek. He said that this love has been classically defined as “actively” willing the good of [...]

By |August 30th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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 seems like a straightforward question about numbers. But Jesus perceives that the questioner and the others whom he was teaching [...]

By |August 30th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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