March 31, 2017

Letter From the Pastor – April 2, 2017

To forgive other people is one of the most difficult things any of us will ever have to do.  If perhaps you don’t know that, it can only mean that you have never tried it.  Perhaps you’ve never been faced with that necessity. Maybe your heart has never been broken.  Maybe you’ve never been cheated, or lied to or about, or insulted.  Maybe you’ve never suffered physical or psychological injury at the hands of careless or, worse yet, malicious people.  If nothing like that has ever happened to you, let me assure you that you should be grateful; but you […]
March 24, 2017

Letter From the Pastor – March 26, 2017

As we all know when a child starts school, he or she doesn’t know for sure what to expect, how well he or she will do, or where it will all lead.  He or she just makes a start and then works his or her way through it, one day, one week, one year at a time.  Getting an education is an adventure.  When a young person chooses a vocation, he or she does not know for sure what the outcome will be.  Can he or she do the work?  Will he or she enjoy it?  Will he or she […]
March 17, 2017

Letter From the Pastor – March 19, 2017

Have you ever observed that a person who does not pray goes on a lonely pilgrimage?  He  or she shuts himself off from that help that is within his or her reach.  He will not take the outstretched hand of God.  He chooses to go it alone.  We should not make light of that person, for his choice may be born of deep sincerity.  But it would certainly seem that he puts too much trust in human strength alone.  In the New Testament, Jesus had much to say about the power of prayer.  But nowhere did He probe more deeply […]
March 10, 2017

Letter From the Pastor – March 12, 2017

If you ever visited the Holy Land, you would discover it is a dusty land.  It has two seasons – a rainy season that begins in the late fall and ends in the early spring.  Then, the arid season begins.  The land becomes parched and dry.  At the same time the siroccos blow from the deserts of Transjordan and Arabia.  This dusty character of the land is reflected throughout the bible.  The custom of foot washing was a courteous and practical gesture for guests who arrived with tired and dirty feet. We too get some dust on us just by […]
March 3, 2017

Letter From the Pastor – March 5, 2017

In this Lent 2017, we Catholics need to reflect on ways of winning people back to Jesus.  One way is a deliberate attempt to bring people to Christ by befriending them.  As soon as some hear this, they might wonder, “Can that be right?  Should we befriend people just to bring them to Christ?”  Absolutely!  The greatest reason to befriend someone is Jesus Christ.  The greatest gift we can give a friend is Jesus Christ.  If we are truly someone’s friend, we want what is best for him or her.  What can be better for anyone than to come to […]