Harvest Home

Harvest Home 2018   Dear Parish Family, Harvest Home, like so many pastoral focused celebrations, no longer holds the meaning it once did. Thanksgiving, an American celebration we adopted, has overshadowed it. In some respects, for me, this is like reading the last chapter of a book. Yes, you get the author’s point but lose … [Read more…]

EASTER 2018

EASTER 2018   Dear Parish Family, I am writing this Easter Pastoral in the midst of Lent, so forgive me if I talk about temptation. Temptation to just skip to the happy parts of the Gospel message. The temptation you face when you pick up a book and just read the last chapter. Why wade … [Read more…]

LENT 2018

LENT 2018 Dear Parish Family Myth: Lent is forty days long Fact: It is more than forty days because Sundays do not count. Myth: Lent is about giving something up. Fact: It is a time of discipline. Taking on something in a disciplined fashion in                      … [Read more…]

ADVENT 2017

ADVENT: A SEASON OF HOPE Advent 2017   Dear Parish Family As we approach the Season of Advent we are encouraged to lay hold of the hope we have in Jesus Christ. The Gospel was written for times such as ours. The level of anxiety throughout the world is at one of its highest levels. … [Read more…]

EASTER EVE

EASTER EVE The Liturgy of Redemption   The Pascha (Greek) or Christian Passover has been celebrated in the Church from its earliest days. A vigil was held from the evening of Saturday to dawn on Sunday. After the preliminary blessing of a lamp or lamps by the deacon (“The light of Christ”), there followed a … [Read more…]

EASTER 2017

EASTER 2017 Dear Parish Family,   Well it is getting to that time to end the chocolate fast, shed the drab winter coats and celebrate the birth of little creatures. Yes, I say that “tongue in cheek.” Unfortunately for most people that is their Easter. Another day on the calendar to gather the family and … [Read more…]

LENT 2017

LENT 2017   Dear Parish Family   What not to give up for Lent:    HOPE   What to take on during Lent:    PRAYER   It is well known that we are, by nature, drawn to watch a train wreck. We know we should look away, it is going to be horrible, nevertheless we watch it … [Read more…]