Our Parish Programs Archives: From the Pastor Desk

Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

It has now been two weeks since the terrible shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. On Saturday afternoon, June 11, I gave a lecture in our parish hall about Islam. There was some good discussion and questions. As many … Continue reading

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Our Own Father

Happy Father’s Day!!! Do we have any special cultural customs for Father’s Day? Somehow it doesn’t seem to be as big a deal as Mother’s Day. Growing up, I always got a greeting card for Dad, one with just the … Continue reading

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The Greatest

I’m sure I’ve mentioned that my father was anti-TV, so I grew up glued to the radio and the shows there, which were migrating to TV. I probably haven’t mentioned that I was a boxing fan. My father, my oldest … Continue reading

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Buckle Up

It was 1973. Just the opposite of today, there was a shortage of oil. Gasoline was in such short supply that you could only buy on the days designated by your license plate and in limited amounts. And cars did … Continue reading

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Remembering Our Veterans

Here it is. Memorial Day Weekend, the semi-official beginning of Summer. It’s only May, but who wants to wait until June 21? Not I. Swimming pools open; you can wear white and not be called out (although Benedictines don’t officially … Continue reading

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Family Dinner

We’ve heard it a thousand times, at least. You are what you eat. Since I have become diabetic, I’ve been getting a myriad of ads telling me this. Just today I’ve received something that touts some super-starch that will allow … Continue reading

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Communion

Today is the Feast of Pentecost, which marks the coming of the Holy Spirit into the Church, the arrival of the divine helper which Jesus promised would follow his Ascension. And today, 22 of our children make their First Communion, … Continue reading

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Honor Mary

In America, we stand for motherhood and apple pie, so the saying goes. I think most – if not all – nations would stand up for motherhood. As for apple pie, it’s not my favorite. When I was growing up, … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Real

Happy May Day! And Happy Suppressed Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker! It’s suppressed only because this year it falls on Sunday. At any rate this year is one third over with, and landmark events continue to accumulate. A week … Continue reading

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Existentialism

Back in college, I had a professor who was much enamored of Albert Camus, the French author and Existentialist. Existentialism was very much the rage back then. Personally, I preferred Jean Paul Sartre when it came to Existentialists, but one … Continue reading

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