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Pastor's Corner

Challenges Keep Us Focused

Posted Sep 27, 2015

Greetings St. Monica,  I have noticed something I do when I am speaking about what I think it means for one to follow Jesus. I found there is almost always an analogy from everyday life that helps me understand the deeper truths of being a follower of Jesus. I mentioned the following at a...

Strong Catholic Families

Posted Sep 17, 2015

A few times this year I have arrived early enough to the school to greet some of the students as their parents are dropping them off for school. It is an interesting place to watch the different faces of the children and parents as they come in. Some students are eager to greet the teachers and...

Fire at St. Monica

Posted Sep 09, 2015

Greetings St. Monica, As most of you are aware by now, it is with sadness I report to you that we have lost the narthex area of the Church, because of an early morning fire. However, it is with joy I report to you that no one was hurt or injured in the fire. Everybody is safe. The best...

Our New Parish Council

Posted Aug 29, 2015

Happy Feast Day of St. Monica! This past week we had our first council meeting and began thinking about planning for the next three years. Our Parish Council includes the following parishioners: Carlos Alexander Kathy CohenourGerardo Dimas Antonio Vazquez Guadalupe MendezGinette Ninon Sarah...

The foundation of faith begins in a holy family

Posted Aug 24, 2015

St. Augustine is popularly known as the saint who was not very holy in his younger years. Though he grew up in a Christian home with a Christian mother, he quickly became immersed in secular thought and life. He even eventually fathered a child out of wedlock. After many years of searching and...

Intensive season of sacramental preparation and faith formation

Posted Aug 18, 2015

We now begin our more intensive season of sacramental preparation and faith formation! By the time you read this, school will have already started and will begin its first full week this Monday with a just over 420 student. All of our students attend Mass every week and attend classes of...

Welcome Back, Students of St. Monica School!

Posted Aug 09, 2015

Sometimes I am asked, “What does St. Monica School provide that is unique or that sets it apart from other schools?” I believe our school has a wonderful foundation of Catholic values, opportunities for prayer and reflection, a diverse student body, passionate teachers, solid...

Thank you for making St. Monica the vibrant parish that it is!

Posted Aug 02, 2015

Every so often I receive a compliment after Mass from a person visiting from out of town. They will thank me for the Mass and comment how vibrant the liturgy is or how welcoming the parish feels. I will thank them for the compliment, but always try to remind them how little I have to do with...

Being Thankful

Posted Jul 26, 2015

A moral theology professor of mine used to tell us that gratitude was the fundamental principle for living the Christian life. He would say that the ideal way we live our lives is out of thanksgiving for what God has given us. In the Masses this weekend, and for the next four weeks, we will be...

Reflection on Discipleship and Stewardship

Posted Jul 19, 2015

 Two or three years ago there was a very popular book about parish renewal called “Rebuilt”. I don’t have the book anymore, so what I am about to write is strictly from memory, but it really stayed with me. The author stated at one point in the book that the mission of...

How are you using the gifts that God has given you?

Posted Jul 12, 2015

Like many of you I have a cellphone that allows me to do all sorts of things: talk, text, read articles on the internet, use GPS, email, play games and watch movies. It is a material object that I am free to use however I wish, provided I am not breaking the law. However, as a Catholic and a...

Sharing a common home

Posted Jul 05, 2015

Earlier this month Pope Francis published an encyclical that in English is entitled: “On Care for Our Common Home”. While some of you may have already read it (I have not), I think you will probably find this encyclical to be rooted in a common principle of stewardship that we find...

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