Our Parish Programs Archives: From the Pastor Desk

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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Thank You!

The Christmas season is behind us and I still have to write thank you notes. I’m getting closer to actually doing so. Some people are really good at thank you notes, which are personal and topical; they make you feel … Continue reading

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Words vs. Actions

Tomorrow is the holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who abhorred violence and who died violently. It’s hard not to think about violence in this week after the terrible events in Paris. I am repulsed … Continue reading

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Life’s Journey

The holidays are now behind us and it’s back to work as usual, except it usually takes me three weeks or so to get used to writing the new year (2015) on documents instead of the old year (2014). I … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Today is the feast traditionally celebrated on the Twelfth Day of Christmas. This year it happens on the tenth day, but that won’t stop us. Abbot Luke always used to say Pray the news. There’s lots there to pray about … Continue reading

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Follow Their Lead

Sometime back before my family left its exile in Iowa to go back to Rochester, when I was about a year old, somehow we all got to be on a Wonder Bread TV commercial. This was back when Wonder Bread … Continue reading

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