Pastors Corner

June 17, 2018

Just a reminder that I am always open to an invitation for lunch or dinner either at your home or at a nearby restaurant. Summer offers a good time for visiting in this way. These meals are an opportunity for me to get to know the parish community in a deeper way. May the summer months be restful and invigorating for you. I leave for the annual Priest Days at Ocean Shores this week, I will be returning on Thursday afternoon. It’s always good to see those priests who I rarely meet during the course of the year. This year’s theme has to do with how to counsel those with a pornography addiction which has taken on pandemic proportions in our society today. Pray for me as I will for you.

June 10, 2018

Congratulations to all of our graduates whether it be eighth grade, high school, or college! Whatever your transition might be know that God very much wants to be a part of the celebration. If your going elsewhere to college, please connect with the Newman Center or parish church nearby. You have a wonderful opportunity to share your faith and gifts with others who perhaps are hungering for more depth in their lives. You have so much to offer our world today. Know that you are in our prayers. May the Lord bless you in every way. 

June 3, 2018

I think it is quite fitting that we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ as we bid farewell to Sue Ray who for the past eight years has served as our Pastoral Assistant for Stewardship and Evangelization. Sue indeed is a Eucharistic person, breaking open herself for so many in our church community and beyond. Originally I was impressed by her marketing resume of having opened several Target Stores throughout the country. But where was the theological training? I soon learned that Sue’s marketing expertise was just what was needed to sell the Good News to others . Her good-natured smile, positivity, and enthusiasm has inspired so many in their own faith. I consider her a dear friend and will dearly miss her as she travels to Lincoln, Nebraska to take up the next phase of her life. Her stepson and family will keep her active.

Thank you, Sue . May the Lord bless you in every way!

May 20, 2018

Last Wednesday, I was very much blessed to accompany fifty some members of our parish community to the Grotto of the Sorrowful Mother in Portland. I found the experience to be Church at its best. The praying on the bus, the Mass we attended, the beautiful statuary and gardens plus the wonderful lunch and conversation all spoke to me of a gathering of disciples who give praise and thanks for what God has wrought. I’m thankful for all who made this happen.

This Pentecost weekend we celebrate the beginning of the Church. The Holy Spirit enabled the apostles and Mary to be strong witnesses of Christ in not only Jerusalem but subsequently to the entire world. Do we allow that same Spirit to touch us? Or are we so set in our ways and idealogies that we leave no room for the Spirit to enlighten and inspire us with new ways of living and thinking? Come, Holy Spirit, come!

May 13, 2018

Back in the 1970’s I remember hearing of a parish in Virginia celebrating the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord by the pastor driving a forklift down the aisle of the church. I don’t remember if he was being lifted up or not but the assembly got the point. I thought this was apocryphal until several years later having related this story to a parish assembly a man coming out of mass reported that he was there to witness this event in that Virginia church years before. He even cited the actual date. And yet the Ascension isn’t so much about Jesus leaving us in bodily form as much as his commissioning his disciples to continue his mission of proclaiming the Gospel. Their commission is ours today by virtue of our Baptism. The Lord worked wondrous signs through them as they spread the Word. On this Solemnity, may we look around and see the amazing signs the Lord continues to work through those who witness to him throughout the world in the twenty-first century!

 

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