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Pastor's Corner

Prayers for our Parish

Posted Jun 28, 2015

Earlier this month we held a night of discernment for our new parish council. Around twenty people showed up for this night of prayer and reflection about where God may be leading us in the next few years. The evening began with prayer for our parish and that God would be our guide. I then spoke...

Trusting in God.

Posted Jun 21, 2015

Sometimes it is hard to trust in God. Life’s difficulties can overwhelm us and make us feel like we are alone and that no one cares. Worse, it can seem like in the midst of all our troubles God is also absent and no matter how much we pray, things only get worse. Even saints and holy...

United by the Eucharist

Posted Jun 07, 2015

This weekend I will be with a group of our parishioners in Lepaterique, Honduras visiting our sister parish of St. James the Apostle and spending some time with the thousands of people who make up the community of St. James. The current pastor, Fr. Jose Antonio Esquivel-Segura, cares not only...

Sacraments are beginnings, not endings

Posted May 17, 2015

As we approach Pentecost we give thanks to God for the hundreds of people from our parish who have received the Sacraments of Initiation. I am especially grateful to our staff and the huge number of volunteers that help as catechists, shepherds and sponsors. One of the many blessings I have in...

Have you ever asked somebody about their faith?

Posted Apr 25, 2015

Have you answered a question about the Catholic Faith? As a Pastor when I speak to people about the Catholic faith, I actually have a pretty easy audience. Most of what I do is explain the faith to people who are already interested. I might answer a few questions about Mary, talk about the...

Allow the Resurrected Christ into your Life

Posted Apr 19, 2015

In my homily for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper I mentioned that, like many of you, I use social media from time to time. I have two email accounts, I text, talk on the phone, and I have a Facebook page. Using these means of communication, I can “speak” to a large number of...

How can anyone argue against Divine Mercy Sunday?

Posted Apr 12, 2015

Divine Mercy is hope wrapped up in a loving God, ever ready to embrace us and forgive even our gravest sins. Believing in God, but not in Divine Mercy, would be a depressing and burdensome faith to bear. At the core of the Gospel story of the good thief is unconditional love and compassion...

A Blessed and Happy Easter!

Posted Apr 05, 2015

Greetings St. Monica, wishing you and your families a Blessed and Happy Easter!  This weekend we have celebrated many Baptisms, First Communions, and Confirmations with our catechumens and candidates at the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday night and during some of the Easter Sunday Masses. We...

Holy Week

Posted Mar 29, 2015

This past Sunday as I was greeting people after the 10:00am Mass in English, I couldn’t help but notice how many times I said “Buenos Dias” instead of “Good Morning” to people I usually see at our 12:30pm Mass in Spanish. It wasn’t an enormous number of...

A Note on Discipleship

Posted Mar 22, 2015

Whether you serve weekly as an usher for Sunday Mass or monthly in the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, God has called you to help build His Church. This call and challenge is just as important as the call of any other Catholic leader, including the earliest disciples. When Jesus walked along...

"Follow Jesus"

Posted Mar 15, 2015

Last week I wrote about the importance of a personal relationship with God, that it is not sufficient to simply know about our faith or what it teaches. Although these things are important, our faith is not just an intellectual exercise, a philosophy of life, or a mere guide for the moral life...

“Faith is above all a personal, intimate encounter with Jesus…”

Posted Mar 08, 2015

“Faith is above all a personal, intimate encounter with Jesus…” This quote, from Pope Benedict XVI is found in the closing section of chapter two of “Forming Intentional Disciples” and perhaps provides the beginning of the answer to last week’s question...

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