From the Pastor's Desk

From the Pastor's Desk

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 »

The Impact of a Life

Posted by Katelyn Hansell 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 Katelyn Hansell 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 »


Posted by Katelyn Hansell 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 Katelyn Hansell 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 »


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