Upcoming Town Halls (May 19, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This week I write with a few matters of business to share with you. As many of you know, we will be having Parish Town Hall Meetings this Tuesday the 21st at both 9AM and 7:30PM. I hope many will be able to join, as I would like to…

Happy Mother’s Day! (May 12, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Happy Mother’s Day! To all mothers, grandmothers, Godmothers, spiritual mothers, we wish you a blessed day! Today we celebrate all the special women in our lives, those women who bring so much light and joy and beauty into our world. We celebrate the unique contribution of women to our…

Mystery (May 5, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Congratulations to all those boys and girls who received their First Communion yesterday! And we continue to pray for those who will receive this coming Saturday. It is certainly a special moment for all of them, but I also hope it is a powerful moment for all of us…

Easter Season (Apr. 28, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Happy Easter! I hope everyone is still enjoying our celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection. We are so filled with joy that our feasting overflows into eight days, which we call the Octave of Easter. While God created the world in seven days, on the eighth Christ rose to recreate…

Happy Easter! (Apr. 21, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Regina Coeli, laetare, alleluia! Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia! Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia! Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia! Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia! For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia! Has risen, as he said, Alleluia! Pray for us to God, Alle- luia! We cry out with…

Holy Week (Apr. 14, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It’s hard to believe, but today we begin Holy Week with the Mass of Palm Sunday. As our Lenten journey draws to a close, we enter Jerusalem with Christ and walk with him through the moments which form the very heart of who we are as Christians. If any…

Passiontide (Apr. 7, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today the Church enters what has been traditionally known as Passiontide. During these last two weeks of Lent we focus on the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ in a more intense and vivid way. As the most sacred days of the Church year draw close, we…

Laetare Sunday (Mar. 31, 2019)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This weekend we celebrate Laetare Sunday. Taken from the introit, or first words, of the Mass “Laetare Jerusalem,” meaning “Rejoice, O Jerusalem,” we rejoice as we cross the half-way mark of Lent. The somber violet vestments are traded in for brighter rose to experience a moment of joyful expectation…

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…