From the Pastor's Desk

From the Pastor's Desk

Science, Faith, and Stephen Hawking

Posted by Laura Kosta 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 Laura Kosta 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 »

The Impact of a Life

Posted by Laura Kosta on 10/11/18

Two weeks ago, we were listening to the Book of Job during our morning Masses. Job was blessed with riches, a large family, and good health. Quite suddenly, he lost all his children and grandchildren in a natural disaster, and his health, too, began to fail. He quite naturally ... Read More »

Taking Responsibility for God's Creatures

Posted by Laura Kosta on 10/04/18

Amid all the brouhaha over Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing and finally making trade peace with Mexico and Canada, another piece of news failed to get the attention it deserves. The news item simply states that a study by the Trump Administration (it doesn’t say who or what office therein) ... Read More »

Confirmations

Posted by Laura Kosta on 9/27/18

It is Autumn, the back-to-school season and season of political theater. And just like show biz, it seems every year the political empresarios strive to outdo last year’s performances.

And so we are being presented with the spectacle of the Senate confirmation process for Judge Kavanaugh for the Supreme ... Read More »

Stewardship of Our Human Bodies

Posted by Laura Kosta on 9/21/18

Today is Stewardship Sunday. What identifies a steward? According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly is one characteristic; so is generous giving of time, talent, and treasure. But being a Christian steward means more. As Christian stewards, we receive ... Read More »

A Prayer for Healing

Posted by Laura Kosta on 9/14/18

The Lord gives; the Lord takes; the Lord gives again.

By now you’ve probably heard that I am moving and that you will be getting a brand new pastor. We can’t tell you yet who the new pastor is because he needs to be confirmed by the Senate. Just ... Read More »

We Will Choose the Lord

Posted by Laura Kosta on 9/07/18

This week we will see 9/11/2018. It’s been 17 long years since 9/11/01, the day the world changed in so many ways.Imagine if today there were a tightly contested presidential election, where one of the candidates declined to pursue through the courts a cogent claim to victory, for the ... Read More »

Scandal and the Church, Part II

Posted by Laura Kosta on 8/30/18

Today, as I’m writing this column, the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People, a committee created in 2002 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a sternly worded press release that called for an independent lay-led investigation into all allegations of sexual ... Read More »

Scandal and the Church

Posted by Laura Kosta on 8/22/18

What do you think of when you hear the word “Pennsylvania”? Maybe Philadelphia, the first capital of the U.S. Or Pittsburgh, the once steel and industrial capital of the U.S. I would always think of the Pennsylvania Dutch, because my Uncle Richard was of that branch of German Americans. ... Read More »

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