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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

Pastor’s Column – 2nd Sunday of Advent – December 9, 2018

  Dear brothers and sisters,   This Sunday is always John the Baptist proclaiming the Messiah. It is wonderful and we can sense the joy of the Baptist. God is sending a Redeemer. We know that it does not turn out to be the kind of Redeemer for which many were hoping. This Redeemer is [...]

By |December 7th, 2018|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

Pastor’s Column ~ 1st Sunday of Advent ~ December 2, 2018

My sisters and brothers in Christ, Today’s readings exhort us to be vigilant for Advent. This is not a time for passivity, for God is at work, fulfilling his promises and crafting signs and wonders attesting to His glory.  “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” William Butler Yeats’ poem begins, “I will arise and go now, and [...]

By |December 6th, 2018|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments

Pastor’s Column – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – November 25, 2018

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,   On this final Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. We acknowledge Jesus as King of the Universe, of the earth and of our lives.   This does not mean Jesus imposes himself or that we impose on others. Imposition takes away something essential - freedom. [...]

By |November 27th, 2018|Fr. Valery, Front Page|0 Comments