Category Archives : Pastor’s Message

What Goes In To Preparing A Homily

On September 19, 2017, Posted by , In Pastor's Message, With Comments Off on What Goes In To Preparing A Homily

Every now and then someone will ask me what, if anything, I do to prepare the homilies I deliver at weekend Mass. Over the years I have served as a priest, I have learned to preach without notes, using an outline in my head. That can give some people the…

We Should NEVER Take A Vacation From God

On June 15, 2017, Posted by , In Pastor's Message, With Comments Off on We Should NEVER Take A Vacation From God

Once again, we are entering the time of the year for change. For many, summer no longer means rest for us and our families; there is an abundance of ball games, camps, and other activities – not to mention family vacations. But for most, summer is still time for a…

Don’t Loose God In The Shuffle

On September 7, 2015, Posted by , In Pastor's Message, With No Comments

We recently celebrated Labor Day. Even though some of our children have been in school four full weeks already, this holiday marks the traditional end of summer vacation and the return to the routine of the academic year. For many of us, this routine means an endless merry-go-round of homework,…

Let’s Take This “Ordinary Time” As A Time To Reflect On Our Blessings

On June 16, 2015, Posted by , In Pastor's Message, With No Comments

As the last hectic weeks of the academic year have turned into the somewhat slower (at least for many of us) pace of summer, our Church calendar has also turned from the Easter Season back to what we call “Ordinary Time.” Ordinary Time marks that time of the year “in…

Looking Forward To Our Easter Joy

On March 19, 2015, Posted by , In Pastor's Message, With No Comments

The season of Lent is meant to highlight our spiritual senses. We are called to pray, fast and share with others a bit more intensely in this season so as to bring into sharper focus what the Lord Jesus has done for us. What is it that the Lord has…

See Christ in Everything

On December 17, 2014, Posted by , In Pastor's Message, With No Comments

Christianity is a lifestyle of paradoxes. We only keep love and joy, Jesus says, be giving it away. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” says the Golden Rule. And the greatest paradox of all: It is in dying that we are born to eternal life….

Serve And Be Served

On November 5, 2014, Posted by , In Pastor's Message, With No Comments

In one of the parishes I served as a young priest, the booklet of programs and ministries put together by that parish staff was titled, “To Serve and Be Served.” It was my pastor’s way of reminding the parishioners that in participating in the life of a parish community, we…

Season of Vacations

On June 14, 2014, Posted by , In Pastor's Message, With No Comments

Spring and early summer are known for graduations and weddings, but in our Catholic Church it is also a time when we celebrate ordinations. Men ending years of seminary training are ordained to the priesthood, while deacons – of both the transitional and permanent type – are ordained to another…

Our Continued Call to Evangelize

On February 25, 2014, Posted by , In Pastor's Message, With No Comments

This month we observe the anniversary of Pope Francis’ election. Over the past 12 months the words and actions of the Holy Father have delighted many and worried others. One thing is for sure – Pope Francis has not failed to get people thinking and talking, both inside and outside…

Let Christ Be Born In Our Hearts

On December 9, 2013, Posted by , In Pastor's Message, With No Comments

As the official start of winter approaches and our observance of Advent draws us closer to the Christmas celebration, the Church in her liturgy and teaching continues to call us to patience as we wait for the celebration of the Lord’s first coming at Christmas, and for his second coming…