Our Parish Programs Archives: From the Pastor Desk

Accentuate the Positive

My sister-in-law used to complain about my mother’s letters. They were always about nature, what flowers were blooming, what new birds had come to the multiple bird feeders in the yard. They were very light on news and information, and … Continue reading

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Mercy Me

In 1971, Marvin Gaye sang : Mercy, mercy me, mercy father. Ah things ain’t what they used to be. Mercy is one of the principal attributes of God. Last Sunday was Divine Mercy Sunday, and Pope Francis has now called … Continue reading

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A Blueprint for Action

I suppose there are few people who have not flown on an airplane. Even most children have been on a flight or two by the time they are 10. It is a strange sensation to fly. I am afraid of … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Easter

Happy Easter! Jesus Christ is risen, and we are rising too, unless (of course) we’re falling. How often have you heard someone say “I’m spiritual, but not religious.” It is a popular saying these days. And in a materialistic world, … Continue reading

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Pen Pals

Today is Palm Sunday, the second Sunday of Passiontide. We remember and celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, his apparent victory over all the forces of opposition to his teaching. Although it foreshadows Jesus’ ultimate triumph in the Resurrection and … Continue reading

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No Pain, No Gain

This Sunday marks the beginning of Passiontide in the Church calendar, the last two weeks of Lent, when we focus more on the events of our redemption than on our own penitential devotions. The whole business of passion may seem … Continue reading

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The Grass Isn’t Always Greener

We live in an age of instant communication. Good news and bad news and unfiltered information speeds around the world as fast as electricity, radio or waves of energy can carry data. And like we get junk mail and spam, … Continue reading

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Room to Grow

Boucan-Carré, Haiti. What can change in a year? Rather a lot. I was surprised to learn that the staff of sisters at St. Michel School had changed. None of the three from last year are there now. A new threesome … Continue reading

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Frozen

I have to write this before you’ve even seen last Sunday’s bulletin. This is a particularly big challenge because it’s so cold. I know there’s such a concept as absolute zero and we must be pretty close. Global warming can’t … Continue reading

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Insurance Premiums

It’s one of those life transition moments. Back when I turned 50 and started receiving mail and invitations from AARP, I could easily ignore them. But now I can’t ignore Medicare, and all its implications. Tomorrow I’m going back to … Continue reading

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