Pastor’s Weekly Letter

January 13, 2017

Letter From the Pastor – January 15, 2017

A group of retired residents of an institution diplomatically called “A Home for Senior Citizens” had  gathered for an afternoon discussion led by a volunteer from a local university.  Each person was asked to quote a favorite poem or to sing a favorite song and then to comment on the verse or song.  One frail, little lady both began and ended the session when she lifted her hand and repeated part of a familiar line: “Grow old along with me… the best is yet to be.”  No sooner had her voice faded in the air than a gruff, loud snort […]
January 6, 2017

Letter From the Pastor – January 8, 2017

Were you touchy and difficult to live with ten years ago?  Look at that area of your life today.  Has anything changed?  Is the condition at all improved?  Did you resent an injury done to you in the past?  Are you still harboring the same old grudge today?  A dozen years ago did you have a violent temper that bought unhappiness to friends and family?  How about right now?  Is that temper under any better control today?  The thing that is shattering, devastating and shameful is that we can tolerate conditions like that year after year.  These are chronic  sicknesses […]
December 30, 2016

Letter From the Pastor – January 1, 2017

Some say that people today are losing, or perhaps have already lost, a capacity to be deeply moved by human suffering.  The kind of world we live in inevitably has a numbing effect on the human spirit.  One hour with a newspaper or thirty minutes in front of the television exposes one to an overwhelming amount of tragedy.  Day in and day out, we are served a steady diet of war, murder, terrorism, kidnapping, rape, robbery, and torture.  The more we see of man’s inhumanity to man, the less we seem to be shocked by it. Then we come to […]
December 23, 2016

Christmas Greetings From the Pastor – December 25, 2016

As we come to celebrate Our Lord’s birth at Christmas, I wish to express my deep gratitude to all who have contributed their time and talents to the advancement of God’s Kingdom in our wonderful community of Annunciation-Our Lady of Fatima.  I want to include everyone of you, my dear parishioners of Annunciation-Our Lady of Fatima, in my expression of thanks.  I am especially grateful to all who have  volunteered their time and love over this past year.  To all…..thank you in the name of the Lord. Over this past year I have enjoyed many opportunities to greet and get […]
December 16, 2016

Letter From the Pastor – December 18, 2016

Everyone wants peace.  Whether you are a natural leader sitting across a table from other world leaders, or a business person facing the pressures and deadlines at the office; a homemaker trying to corral the kids, or a student just trying to make it through the semester, everyone wants peace.  And most people will go to whatever limit to find peace.  But most people in our world today, if they are honest with themselves, have to admit that they experience more stress than peace. We, Americans, live in comfortable homes, but domestic violence is at an all-time high.  Our cities […]