Our Parish Programs Archives: From the Pastor Desk

A Job Well Done . . .

Now we have arrived at the month where here in the mid-west summer definitely winds down. Schools begin in mid-August. Back east, schools used to begin after Labor Day, and many still do. You pack away your white duds then … Continue reading

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Music to My Ears . . .

By the time you read this, it will be all over… the World Cup, that is. Although St. Louis is definitely a baseball town, it is for the U.S. definitely a fútbol, a fußball, a soccer town. So I know … Continue reading

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Mariahilf

In the gentle farmland of Spencer County in southern Indiana, is a very small town called Mariah Hill. Settled in 1846 by German immigrants, it was once a thriving if small place, but it would be hard to describe it … Continue reading

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Stay Focused

Later next week I will be leaving for Germany, arriving in Frankfurt on Thursday morning and then driving to Neckarsulm, in the Neckar river valley to stay with my cousins. One of the things I will notice again traveling in … Continue reading

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Sin Spreads, but so Can Good

Early this year, when I was planning my trip to Haiti to visit the school we built there, I received an email from a Priory School graduate, now a doctor working in public health and epidemiology. He warned me that, … Continue reading

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Make the Best of Our Waiting

I mentioned in my homily on Ascension Sunday that I hate waiting. This has resulted in a pattern of behavior designed to avoid or minimize waiting. When I lived in New York City and Washington, I had figured out just … Continue reading

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Be Joyful!

Some years 28 years ago, driving from Boston back to Washington DC on my vacation, I stopped over in Newark, NJ to stay with an old friend. I had very specific directions. But as I got close, I was blocked … Continue reading

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Two special days . . .

one last week and one this week are not unrelated. There was the 70th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6. And today, June 15 is Fathers Day. They are related in my mind, anyway. Since I was born in 1950 … Continue reading

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Pentecost, When We Begin the Largest Part of the Church Year

The Pentecost we celebrate, when the Holy Spirit came down and took up residence in our Church and world, began what we hope is the largest part of human history, that part in which we now live. This is the … Continue reading

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The Common Good

It’s an old commonplace: Dog bites man is not news; man bites dog is news. There has not been a lot of publicity, relatively speaking, given to Pope Francis’ remarkable trip to the Holy Land, starting in Jordan, moving on … Continue reading

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