Letter from the Pastor

August 16, 2019

Letter From the Pastor – August 18, 2019

In one of our gospels, Jesus is quoted as saying, “On this rock I will build my Church, and the jaws of death shall not prevail against it.” When Jesus made that statement, the Church was just beginning.  It was very small and seemingly insignificant.  But now it reaches around the world and plays a vital role in the lives of millions of people.  Enemies have tried and still try to stop it, but they have failed.  Despite opposition from without and weaknesses from within, the Church has lived and flourished across the centuries. The words of Jesus have come […]
August 7, 2019

Letter From the Pastor – August 11, 2019

                In the early part of this century, British philosopher Bertrand Russell was a severe critic of religion in general and of Christianity in particular.  Much of his criticism was so obviously biased that it could not be taken seriously.  But we in the Church would do well to at least consider some of the things that he said.  For example, he made this comment concerning Christians: “A few of them may enrich a community, but a world composed entirely of them would die of boredom.”                 That criticism cannot be lightly cast […]
August 2, 2019

Letter From the Pastor – August 4, 2019

Millions of Americans let the internet “babysit” their children and grandchildren for large portions of the day.  Even at 10, 11, and 12 o’clock at night, long after cartoons and family shows have ended, an estimated 12 million children under age 10 are still watching and playing on the internet.  These hours have an enormous influence on children.  Studies have shown that the internet exercises the greatest formative influence on viewers who have not yet formed strong personal values.  As adults with Catholic principles we have some protection from media           influence, but the minds of the young are wide open.  […]
July 26, 2019

Letter From the Pastor – July, 28. 2019

                 Over many years I have heard and read many definitions of faith.  One of my favorites goes like this: “Faith means betting your life on God.”                 To some people faith is a serious flaw in the fabric of religion.  The Philosopher Bertrand Russell once wrote:  “We may define faith as a firm belief in something for which there is no evidence.  When there is evidence, no one speaks of faith.  We do not speak of faith that two and two are four or that the earth is round.  We only speak […]
July 17, 2019

Letter From the Pastor – July 21, 2019

          I dare say some of us know, or have known, what is to wear used clothes, to buy used books, and to drive used cars. And the truth of the matter is that it’s really not a bad way to live. If it is handled right, there’s a touch of class to it. Perhaps you have noticed that people who grow up in large families, wearing hand-me down clothes, almost always end up bragging about it.   Secondhand living isn’t all bad. In fact, it can be quite good.           But there are some […]