Pastor's Corner

Parish Council

Posted Jun 04, 2017

A parish council serves as an advisory body to the pastor of a parish and there are a whole variety of ways this can be done. A popular way here in the Archdiocese has been what might called the “commission” structure in which the chairpersons of smaller advisory bodies and an elected ...

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The Finance Council

Posted May 28, 2017

Two groups I work with closely in the parish are the Parish Council and the Finance Council. I meet with them at least once a month for consultation on parish ministry matters and on financial matters. This week I would like to discuss the work of the Finance Council and next week on Pentecost I ...

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The Easter Candle

Posted May 21, 2017

This year we had a special gift provided for us by the teachers and students of our high school RCIA class that meets on Thursday nights here at St. Monica. Our Easter candle was built from scratch by them and the design on the front was done by one of the students. The entire candle was made, ...

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Greetings and Happy Mothers  Day!

Posted May 14, 2017

You have probably noticed by now there are a few missing things in our Church and may be wondering when they are supposed to arrive. Right now there are several items we are waiting for that are just going to take a little time. Over the next few weeks I will try to keep you updated on how we are ...

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Journey to Emmaus

Posted Apr 30, 2017

In today’s Gospel one could see a dramatization of what we do every Sunday, in particular the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Jesus remains a stranger to the two disciples for much of the journey to Emmaus.  However, in the conversation they are having, in the Word proclaimed to them, ...

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Happy Easter St. Monica and Welcome!

Posted Apr 16, 2017

On behalf of our community I would like to offer a heartfelt welcome to all visitors with us this weekend! We are happy that you could celebrate with us in our new Church. If you are new to the Catholic Church or haven’t been to church for a while, please join us or let us help you find a ...

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A New Beginning for St. Monica Parish

Posted Apr 08, 2017

As we enter into this time of celebrating the life, death, and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ we also celebrate as a community our new life and a new beginning for us as a parish community as we enter our newly designed church. This is also a time of gratitude for us and there are some ...

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Celebrating the Joy of Being Missionary Disciples

Posted Apr 02, 2017

As we come to the conclusion of our Encuentro process in this Lenten season and prepare for our return to the Church, I would like share with you something I encountered this past week that captures the spirit of what Encuentro is all about. This past weekend we had a funeral for a ...

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“Bearing Fruits of New Life”

Posted Mar 26, 2017

The theme of this week’s Encuentro / Encountering Christ sessions is “Bearing Fruits of New Life”.  This seems to be an appropriate reflection as we draw closer to our Easter season.  It has been over a year and a half that we have been out of the church and ...

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Walking Together With Jesus

Posted Mar 19, 2017

Greetings St. Monica! Today as we celebrate the Third Sunday of Lent, we also enter the third week of the Encuentro experience at St. Monica.  The theme this week is “Walking Together with Jesus.”  In the first two weeks we were encouraged to notice how Jesus has ...

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With Words and Actions

Posted Mar 12, 2017

Greetings St. Monica! The Theme for this week in our Lenten Encounter / Encuentro series is “With Words and Actions, Do It!” Last week we were reminded of our call to a loving encounter with Jesus Christ and to try to experience Christ in the people around us. Despite the title, this ...

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Called to be Christ to and see Christ in others

Posted Mar 06, 2017

There is an interesting and good tension that we ought to have in our image of Jesus Christ as proclaimers of His Gospel. We are called to both be Christ to others and encounter Him in others. We should see the face of Christ in everyone we meet and also be Christ to everyone we meet. When we seek ...

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