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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 them, Joseph. The others became jealous of Joseph and decided to kill him. However, at the last minute, they changed [...]

By |May 31st, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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 the New Jerusalem of which Revelation speaks, for it bears the eschatological hope of a world illuminated by God's love [...]

By |May 23rd, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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 couple. He said, "Place this cross in the room in which you quarrel the most and you will be reminded [...]

By |May 17th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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 to the love and care of Jesus, the Good shepherd. The readings from Acts of apostles show that Paul’s policy [...]

By |May 10th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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 we continue to hear about the dynamism and vitality of the early Christian community in Jerusalem, still highly charged with [...]

By |May 3rd, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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 to ask...Do we really believe it?! When the political landscape and continued humanitarian and environmental crises around the world speak [...]

By |April 29th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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 only to his disciples.  Such witnesses have a sacred obligation to preach the message of conversion and salvation to all. [...]

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

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 up? Maybe we would have no story of the triumphal entry, at least not in the way Jesus wanted it. [...]

By |April 12th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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 past but rather offers hope and salvation to those who rely on God's graciousness and forgiveness. In the first reading, [...]

By |April 12th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

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 center panel, the gospels of cycle B tell the story of Christ's last journey to Jerusalem, to his death and [...]

By |March 29th, 2019|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments