2018 archive of From the Pastor's Desk

2018 archive of From the Pastor's Desk

Finding Inspiration in the Holy Family

Posted by Katelyn Hansell on 12/21/18

And His mother said to Him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”

I remember as a child, my dad had an old blue pick-up truck in our back driveway. It was one of his projects ... Read More »

The Hope of Christ's Coming

Posted by Katelyn Hansell on 12/19/18

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord. My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we draw near to the conclusion of the holy season. Hopefully, we have prepared for the coming of the Prince of Peace into our hearts and our families ... Read More »

The Sunday of Rejoicing

Posted by Katelyn Hansell on 12/12/18

Brethren, rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice!

This Sunday is Gaudete Sunday, the Sunday of Rejoicing. This Sunday receives its name from the first word of the Introit (Entrance Antiphon) for the Mass. In the early Church, a 40-day fast was observed in preparation for the ... Read More »

The Lord's Mercy is Waiting

Posted by Katelyn Hansell on 12/07/18

Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low.

Last week, the children in our PSR program made their first Confessions. I’m sure most of them were a little nervous, which is completely understandable. ... Read More »

Preparing Our Hearts for Advent

Posted by Katelyn Hansell on 11/29/18

“Jesus said to the disciples; Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time will come.”

Today, the Church begins the beautiful season of Advent. The word ‘advent’ means coming or arrival. We watch in the new liturgical year for the coming of Christ in ... Read More »

Until We Meet Again

Posted by Katelyn Hansell on 11/16/18

Songs, sometimes strange ones, often run through my head, such as Groucho’s hit…Hello, I must be going. I cannot stay, I came to say I must be going.I’m glad I came but just the same I must be going.

Back in the early 1950s, every Saturday morning I went ... Read More »

Peace Begins in Our Hearts

Posted by Katelyn Hansell on 11/09/18

In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row, That mark our place, and in the sky, The larks, still bravely singing, fly, Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead; short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and ... Read More »

All Saints, All Souls

Posted by Katelyn Hansell on 11/02/18

Welcome to November, the month of the four last things…death, judgment, heaven, hell. They show up a lot in the liturgy this month. Appropriately, it begins with death.

The cum laude graduates of death are the saints, celebrated on November 1, those who have arrived in heaven. They are ... Read More »

Science, Faith, and Stephen Hawking

Posted by Katelyn Hansell on 10/25/18

Perhaps you’ve seen that bit of philosophical humor. “God is dead.” – F.W. Nietzsche; “Nietzsche is dead.” – God. God always gets the last laugh, but his publicity is decidedly understated.

This week, the greatest scientist of the last half of the 20th century had his final book published. ... Read More »

Putting the Beyond Sunday Fund to Good Use

Posted by Katelyn Hansell on 10/18/18

The Archdiocese has asked us to report to you on our distributions from the Beyond Sunday Campaign funds.

You may remember that this campaign ran three years ago and raised funds to provide scholarships for Catholic education in the parochial schools of the Archdiocese. Parishes also shared in the ... Read More »


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