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Pastor's Corner

Anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court legislation

Posted Jan 22, 2017

“No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak (Mark 2:21). ” This passage is from the Gospel for the daily Mass this past Monday (1/16). It is the Gospel reminder to the people who follow Christ that the world will have to change with the coming of Christ. Jesus has come...

A Celebration of Diversity

Posted Jan 15, 2017

Last week on the feast of the Epiphany we had two wonderful celebrations of the diversity that exists in our parish and I would like to thank everyone who participated. We had a great turnout at both the 10:00am and 12:30pm Masses and fantastic number of people at the Donuts and Pan Dulce event...

Unity Through Seeking Christ

Posted Jan 08, 2017

Probably the most popular Christmas image is child Jesus lying in a manger. From this humble place, Jesus starts to form a community around Himself. A tiny Church, if you will, begins to gather. I would like to offer a few observations about this humble little scene around the manger He lies...

Epiphay Donuts and Pan Dulce

Posted Jan 01, 2017

Next week we will observe the feast of the Epiphany, a feast of the Church in which we celebrate the revelation of Jesus Christ to all the nations. With the visit of the wise men to the Holy Family we are reminded that Son of God wants to share His life with all people, regardless of the...

4th Sunday of Advent Message: Evangelization and Preparing for Christmas

Posted Dec 18, 2016

It is human nature for us to find a group of people we are comfortable with and remain with them. However we need to be careful in the Church, because the purpose of the Church is to share the love of Jesus Christ to all people. For us, that genuinely means everybody, not just the people we are...

Three Themes of Focus for our Ministries

Posted Dec 11, 2016

I mentioned in the announcements this past weekend that I have been thinking about three themes to help us focus our existing ministries and perhaps begin some new ones as we look to the future. The first should be no surprise to anyone, the second I wrote about in some of my letters this past...

Advent Reflection: Three themes for future planning at St. Monica

Posted Dec 04, 2016

Over the last year or so, I have been thinking about the future of our parish and what should be our focus be for the next few years. I have had many conversations with you and I have given some thought to three themes that I think will help us in our future planning. I would like to spend the...

Advent and the Second Coming

Posted Nov 27, 2016

There are two things that we will all face at some point in our life: death and God’s judgement. Neither of these are popular topics of conversation, we prefer to avoid thinking about death and no one likes to be judged. However a brief reflection on these two subjects might actually lead...

Building Update and Budget Report Summary Follow-Up

Posted Nov 20, 2016

Greetings St. Monica!  In follow-up to my post-Mass announcement two weeks ago, here is a brief summary of where we stand with our capital campaign and construction: Our project will cost approximately $1.65 million to complete. To date we have $1.8 million pledged with $1.4 million...

Building Update and Budget Report Summary Follow-Up

Posted Nov 08, 2016

Greetings St. Monica!  In follow-up to my post-Mass announcement two weeks ago, here is a brief summary of where we stand with our capital campaign and construction: Our project will cost approximately $1.65 million to complete. To date we have $1.8 million pledged with $1.4 million...

Election Day, some final thoughts…

Posted Nov 06, 2016

By now you have probably had your fill of people telling you how to vote.  In what is a very contentious presidential election year between two candidates there have been all sorts of discussions among Catholics about how to choose the “lesser of two evils”.  I will not...

“Do you believe in … the communion of saints?

Posted Oct 30, 2016

At our baptism, we, or our parents and godparents, were asked, “Do you believe in … the communion of saints?”  And we, or they, responded, “I do.”  Having in mind our upcoming celebrations of the Solemnity of All Saints and the Commemoration of All the...

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