Our Parish Programs Archives: From the Pastor Desk

Three-Ring Circus

So many memories! The parade of elephants from the rail yard through downtown to the village of enormous tents. The giraffe with the foot-long, very purple tongue that ate something from my hand. The chameleon my brother bought. The clown … Continue reading

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Prayer for Unity

I was grateful at the beginning of last week that the confirmation hearings were beginning for the new Presidential cabinet. For the three weeks prior, everyday, no matter what time of day, when I opened up the news app on … Continue reading

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It’s Like a Jungle Sometimes

We are now starting the second week of the new year, which doesn’t seem quite so new anymore. The holiday season is over. Things are back to normal and we are all back to work. The politicians in Washington are … Continue reading

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A New Year

It is New Year’s Day… so Happy New Year! Today is a Holy Day of Obligation in the United States, but you will note it is not a Church Holy Day because it is New Year’s. The Church’s New Year’s … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas

You may remember a song from the musical, “Mame.” For I’ve grown a little leaner, Grown a little colder, Grown a little sadder, Grown a little older. And I need a little angel sitting on my shoulder. I need a … Continue reading

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The Heroes

It was in 1962. It was the best of times. The worst times were in the past. In 1957, the USSR put Sputnik into space, followed by other satellites, and then space capsules carrying dogs. I remember my father taking … Continue reading

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Shoe Issue

To earn my 25-cent weekly allowance as a little boy, my first chore on Saturday morning was to shine my father’s shoes, seven or eight pairs a week, that I had to fetch from his special shoe closet on the … Continue reading

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Inner Light

On December 4, 1875 – 141 years ago – the great German poet Rainer Maria Rilke was born. He wrote these words: God speaks to each of us before we are, Before he’s formed us — then, in cloudy speech, … Continue reading

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Thank God for You

This is Thanksgiving weekend. The holiday season has officially begun. And today is the first day of the Church’s new year. So Happy New Year! The official Year of Mercy that began last year ended last Sunday, but every year … Continue reading

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Universal King

Today, the Last Sunday of the Church Year, we honor Jesus Christ as King of the Universe. God and man, he is a very different kind of king from those we are used to in human history. Today, human kings … Continue reading

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