ANNUAL EUCHARISTIC DEVOTION

As you know, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) initiated a three-year Eucharistic Revival this past 19 June, Corpus Christi Sunday to provide us all with a renewed encounter with Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.  During this, the first year of this revival, all parishes are encouraged to host events with a Eucharistic focus.  After the celebration of the Eucharist itself, what better Eucharistic event is there than our annual Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotion?  Msgr. Beach has graciously accepted my invitation to lead us in our 40 Hours […]

2022-10-01T12:31:22-04:00October 1st, 2022|

TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

As we enjoyed the first taste of fall this past week with those brisk, clear mornings, here’s a wake-up call: today, the 25th of September, is only three months away from Christmas.  Can you imagine!?!  Soon, we’ll be getting involved in our annual Adopt-a-Family and Christmas Food Baskets.  One of the many aspects of our parish that I have found so inspirational and edifying over the 11 years that I have been here is your tremendously generous response to all of the charitable appeals we have throughout the year, especially […]

2022-09-26T15:00:09-04:00September 26th, 2022|

RESPECT LIFE MONTH

It may be hard to believe, but October begins this week!  Every October, we are called to consider more deeply why every human life is valuable and reflect on how to build a culture that protects life from conception to natural death.  While we are grateful for the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, we know that abortion still remains legal in most areas of the country.  Yet, this is an historic step forward.  As we continue to promote the protection of the infant in the womb, […]

2022-09-24T09:08:37-04:00September 24th, 2022|

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Year C)

Amos 8:4 – 7

This Sunday, we will hear from the Book of the Prophet Amos.  As usual, it prepares us for the Gospel.  Let’s quickly review the who, what, when, where, why and to whom of this book.  Let’s pull out our Biblical Timeline; let me know who needs one.  Amos came from Tekoa in the southern kingdom of Juda, but prophesied in the northern kingdom, apparently around the temple of Bethel.  The first verse of the book tells us the name of the prophet – Amos, his profession – […]

2022-09-20T13:33:12-04:00September 20th, 2022|

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

“You cannot serve both God and mammon.”  We all know that Jesus is an excellent teacher and, on this Catechetical Sunday, we commission all of our teachers – those in our school and in our PREP, as well as you parents, the primary teachers of your children – to follow the example of teaching as Jesus did.  His lesson today is summarized in the last line of today’s gospel passage:  you cannot serve both God and mammon.  We all know who God is and how we are to serve him: […]

2022-09-19T16:17:14-04:00September 19th, 2022|

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY

“This is my body given for you,” we hear Jesus tell his apostles at the Last Supper; we hear similar words every time we gather to celebrate the Eucharist.  As we celebrate Catechetical Sunday this weekend, with its theme this year of “This is my body given for you,” we recall our Lord giving himself to us for our spiritual nourishment.  It is also the only worthy gift we can offer to our heavenly Father in thanksgiving for all that he has given us.  What a precious gift we have […]

2022-09-16T14:20:58-04:00September 17th, 2022|

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Did any of you fly anywhere this summer and lose your luggage?  I didn’t have the occasion to fly recently but I’ve lost my luggage a few times over the years and, as those of you who have had it happen to you know, it’s a very frustrating experience.  Unfortunately, it seems to be even more prevalent now for a variety of reasons and reclaiming your luggage seems to get harder and harder.

It’s sad when anything – or anyone – is lost.  And yet, it seems that there are millions […]

2022-09-13T11:31:37-04:00September 13th, 2022|

INTRODUCING OUR NEW PASTORAL PLAN

After more than four years of preparation, I am excited to introduce our new Pastoral Plan for our parish!  Working closely with our Parish Pastoral Council for several years and especially its envisioning team last year, we are now ready to present it to everyone in the parish as we invite you to embrace our three priorities: transformative liturgies, parishioner engagement and faith sharing.  We all know that the primary purpose of our parish – like every parish in the world – is to draw everyone closer to God through […]

2022-09-09T10:17:06-04:00September 10th, 2022|
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