Pastor’s Column 6th Sunday of Easter May 26, 2019 "If you love me you will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him." (John 14:23) As I was meditating on the scriptures and praying the Divine Office this morning in the backyard of the rectory, bulldozers could be heard working on the school addition next door. It then occurred to me that six years ago, our own new church was rising at this same time. So too the Holy Spiri
Pastor’s Column 5th Sunday of Easter May 19, 2019 Sacred Silence: What does this mean? Is there a place for silence in our Liturgy on Sunday? Fully conscious and active participation means more than just talking and singing at Mass. It means understanding what is happening! One of the greatest times of communal worship together is, paradoxically, silence. The US Catholic Bishops note that the Mass Rite calls for a number of places where Sacred Silence should be observed.
Pastor’s Column 4th Sunday of Easter May 12, 2019 I, John, had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. These are the ones who have survived the great time of distress and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Revelation 7:15 This Sunday’s second reading is very optimistic:
Pastor’s Column 3rd Sunday of Easter May 5, 2019 This Sunday’s haunting gospel finds the disciples fishing on the Sea of Galilee. They had seen the risen Lord, who instructed them to go there and wait for him. So by fishing they are being obedient. When Peter first met the Lord, he and his companions had fished all night and caught nothing. Now, once again three years later, they have worked all night without success. At daybreak, Jesus calls out to them from the shore –