Almsgiving (Mar. 24, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In today’s Gospel Christ offers a very challenging image. He speaks of a person who has a fig tree that puts forth no fruit and decides that it should be cut down. His gardener convinces him to relent and give the tree another chance, but the first portion of…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (Mar. 17, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! While I can’t say I have any Irish in my blood, as an alumnus of the Fighting Irish I’d like to think I have some reason to celebrate. But whether we are Irish or not, whether we have a good Irish soda bread recipe or…

Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving (Mar. 10, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I would like to begin by extending a big thank you to all those who took part in last week’s Multicultural Mardi Gras Celebration. Thank you to Father Joe for all his hard work in planning the event, and thank you to all the volunteers who so generously and…

Lent is coming! (Mar. 3, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It’s hard to believe, but Lent is already upon us. On Wednesday we begin that sacred season which, for many of us, can seem like just a 40 day diet or a test of will power. But if we truly enter this time with the right spirit, Lent can…

The Universal Church (Feb. 24, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We don’t often think about it, but when we speak of the Catholic Church, we use the word “catholic” which comes from the Greek for “universal.” Something revolutionary about our faith in Christ is that it was destined for all peoples. While the Jewish faith was cultural and tribal,…

Our Lively Parish! (Feb. 17, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, A big thank you to all those who came out Monday night! It was beautiful to have so many come together to consecrate themselves to our Blessed Mother, and then to have a packed Church for the special Mass in celebration of Our Lady of Lourdes. The number willing…

Happy (almost) Feast Day! (Feb. 10, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Happy (almost) Feast Day! This Monday, February 11th, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes – the patroness of our parish. Notre Dame, taken from the French meaning “Our Lady,” is a particularly beautiful way to address our Blessed Mother. It expresses an intimacy – she is…

Upcoming Modifications (Feb. 3, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I again want to thank everyone for your generosity in donating to the parish for the repair of the tabernacle – and beyond! It is a testimony to this parish’s great love and care for the church. Moving forward, there is one more concern regarding the church that I…

A Catholic Education (Jan. 27, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, While Notre Dame is blessed in so many ways, one of the greatest gifts of our parish is our thriving elementary school. A school brings to a parish energy and joy, and I know for myself that having so many children involved in the parish gives me great hope…

Beauty, Tradition, and Mystery (Jan. 20, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I would like to first thank everyone who reached out and so generously offered to be part of the restoration/replacement of the tabernacle. As soon as we’re able to confirm the details we will be sure to share in the bulletin. If I may continue our reflection on beauty…