Our Parish Programs Archives: From the Pastor Desk

Conventions

I am writing this in the middle of Convention Season. The Republicans have met and dispersed. As I write this, the Democrats are meeting. By the time you read this, it will be over and it will officially be Campaign … Continue reading

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Parish Council

Today is the first day of one of those family event clusters in my family. My father’s and oldest brother’s birthdays are just three days apart in January. My birthday and my mother’s are consecutive days at the end of … Continue reading

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Saint Louis du Ha ! Ha !

Somewhere, over the rainbow, there is a place that I’ve heard of… skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true… maybe. If you drive along the Trans Canada Highway on the south shore … Continue reading

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Beyond Sunday

Beyond Sunday… what is beyond Sunday? Of course it is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and all the other days of the week. Our faith is not just for Sunday. Beyond Sunday is coming. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary here at … Continue reading

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We Must Choose

If all is going according to plan, today I will arrive in Gray, Maine, to visit my sister at her summer home on Little Sebago Lake. In walking through the woods around the Lake, you come upon a lot of … Continue reading

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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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