From the Pastor's Desk

From the Pastor's Desk


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 »

A Prayer for Healing

Posted by Katelyn Hansell 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 Katelyn Hansell 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 Katelyn Hansell 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 Katelyn Hansell 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 »

A Report from Haiti

Posted by Katelyn Hansell on 8/16/18

Report on and from Haiti:Before I left on my vacation in June, I made arrangements to visit Haiti at the end of July to inspect the completed construction of St. Michel School. I made my flight reservations and breathed a sigh of relief that I could forget all about ... Read More »

Humanae Vitae, 50 Years Later

Posted by Katelyn Hansell on 8/09/18

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of the encyclical letter Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI. This was a momentous event in the life of the modern church. It is remarkable that it became so momentous, because the entire Christian church—Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant—always taught artificial ... Read More »

Mission Territory

Posted by Katelyn Hansell on 8/03/18

When I was growing up in the 1950s, we received lots of magazines like Maryknoll from missionary religious orders who were busy all over the world spreading the Gospel. As children, we brought our pennies and nickels into school to add to the fund to ransom pagan babies. We ... Read More »

A Holy Family

Posted by Katelyn Hansell on 7/26/18

For the last three months, there was a sign on the wall in the Parish Center that read, “Keep your eye on this space.” If you’ve been in the Parish Center lately, you know why.

An alumnus of the Priory School from the 1980s lives in Alaska and is ... Read More »


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