Category Archives : Pastor’s Message

Role Models for Advent

On December 4, 2017, Posted by , In Pastor's Message, With Comments Off on Role Models for Advent

The Sacred Scriptures and the Church provide two figures for us on which to model our lives in this Advent season as we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas. One is John the Baptizer, the cousin of Jesus, who calls us to repentance – to turn from sin…

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 Comments Off on Don’t Loose God In The Shuffle

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

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 Comments Off on Looking Forward To Our Easter Joy

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 Comments Off on See Christ in Everything

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 Comments Off on Serve And Be Served

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 Comments Off on Season of Vacations

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 Comments Off on Our Continued Call to Evangelize

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…