Our Parish Programs Archives: From the Pastor Desk

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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Lenten Practice

It was sometime in the 1950’s. I don’t remember how old I was, but probably around six or so. My father had taken us, my brother, my mother and me, to see the Walt Disney movie Fantasia. This was not … Continue reading

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Spread the Good News

Groundhog day has passed with a stand-off. Punxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania Groundhog, predicted six more weeks of winter. General Beauregard Lee, the Georgia groundhog, declared an early spring. The upstart Jimmy the Goundhog in Wisconsin made a disputed call and … Continue reading

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Unity

Well, we again survived the Church Unity Octave, or Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. We all survived it un-united, disunited, all… how many Christian churches are there? You can find several figures, most in the 30,000 to 40,000 range. … Continue reading

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