Our Parish Programs Archives: From the Pastor Desk

He is Risen!

Sometimes I’m slow to pick up on trends, late to the party, as they say. A few weeks ago a former student asked me out of the blue where he could learn about the historical Jesus. A few days ago … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday

Today begins Holy Week. Of course it’s only as holy as we make it, but the events we commemorate this week lend themselves to making us holy. This week all of our Lenten practices will arrive at their climactic peak. … Continue reading

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Passiontide

Last Sunday was Laetare or rejoice Sunday. Today begins what the Church calls Passiontide, the time we seriously begin to reflect on Christ’s passion. So does the rejoicing stop? This brings to mind two thoughts. The first is a passage … Continue reading

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According to the calendar, Spring is here . . .

And yet last Monday, March 24th, there was snow. Change comes slowly, I guess. But looking ahead on the weather forecast, Sunday, March 30th, is supposed to be sunny with a high of 70! On March 30th you will notice … Continue reading

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Time Flies!

By Next Sunday, we will be halfway through Lent. So how is your Lent going? For most of us it is an exercise in humility, like New Years resolutions. We discover how challenging it can be to put our good … Continue reading

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Forgetfulness

If I regularly attended the 6:30 A.M. weekday Mass as a layperson, I think I would start a betting pool for the days on which Father Michael is the celebrant (Mondays and Thursdays) on What will he forget today. You … Continue reading

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Lent is Here

It’s not an exciting season, for most people anyway. If you’re looking for the Ordo in the bulletin this week, it’s not there. No feasts, no memorials, just purple Lenten weekdays at hand. Boring? Perhaps, yet St. Benedict says Lent … Continue reading

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Lent is Almost Upon Us

While Lent means spring it also means that we are supposed to undertake some spiritual athletics to get ourselves into shape for Holy Week and Easter, the climactic events of Salvation History. Well, if you want to get into spiritual … Continue reading

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As you may have guessed by now . . .

I am not a fan of winter. And so I am not a fan of winter sports. I do have memories of sledding and ice skating from my childhood, and of tobogganing down a hill into a tree during college, … Continue reading

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February is . . .

pretty much the pits of winter, long after the warm festivities of Christmas and New Years. The snow and the cold are the worst in February. As a child I could always look forward to my birthday at the very … Continue reading

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