2017 archive of From the Pastor's Desk

2017 archive of From the Pastor's Desk

Like Father, Like Son

Posted by Renee Molner on 12/18/17

The onward march of time provides new perspectives as we march along with it.When I was 14 years old, I was able to visit the town in which I was born, Davenport, Iowa. My family moved back to Rochester before I was two years old, so I knew nothing ... Read More »


Posted by Renee Molner on 12/18/17

I had not been to New York City in 23 years when last week Fr. Gregory and I went there for two days of meetings and events. Things – some things – had changed. The city was cleaner. There was a lot less horn honking, but traffic was worse. ... Read More »

This Day in History and the Future

Posted by Renee Molner on 12/07/17

December 10, 2017 is the second Sunday of Advent. It is not likely that we’ll remember this day for that reason in the future. It is, however, somewhat memorable for other things.On this date in 1896, the Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel died at age 63. Although Sweden is generally ... Read More »

The Hope of Haiti

Posted by Renee Molner on 12/01/17

Happy New Year!!! Welcome to the season of Advent and a new Church year, which begins today.There’s a lot I could write about, but certainly the first thing on my mind is to say thank you… for being good to me, to each other in the parish, to the ... Read More »

The Time for a Real Superhero

Posted by Renee Molner on 11/22/17

We live in a melodramatic age, and the melodrama hurts. I read a few days ago that an air traffic controller was arrested for possessing a weapon of mass destruction. You may remember that we started a war because Iraq allegedly possessed and was developing weapons of mass destruction ... Read More »

World Day of the Poor

Posted by Renee Molner on 11/16/17

Sunday, November 19 is the First World Day of the Poor. Here is a condensed version of Pope Francis’ important message for this day.…………….2. “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him” (Ps 34:6). The Church has always understood the importance of this cry. We possess an outstanding ... Read More »

Timeless Beginning

Posted by Renee Molner on 11/10/17

The middle of November… we are in the last days of the Church year, and life is speeding up as it heads toward the finish line. Christmas stuff is already in the stores. Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and internet merchants are e-mailing me to beat the rush and ... Read More »

In the Dark

Posted by Renee Molner on 11/03/17

“Let there be light.” And so there was. God made it look very easy.I think a lot about light these days because every day there is less of it. And because of that, my seasonal depression tightens its grip a little more. It seems every day there is more ... Read More »

Live and Let Live

Posted by Renee Molner on 10/26/17

In the years before the beltway and the interstate highway system, before 1956, if you were driving into Washington DC from southern Maryland or Annapolis, the state capital, you would probably drive through a traffic circle just outside the District of Columbia line. In the middle of this circle ... Read More »

Help Them Live Well

Posted by Renee Molner on 10/19/17

We never know from one day to the next what life has in store for us. There are tragedies and triumphs, and we are so often surprised by what each today brings us.I was saddened this past week by a genuine tragedy, the death of Jaz Granderson, a De ... Read More »


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