Pastor’s Corner – December 16, 2018

A few years ago I came across an article written by novelist Jennifer Coburn titled “Christmas Shopping As Substance Abuse.”  She argued that the way many approach Christmas is too gluttonous, which can make this beloved holiday every bit as dangerous as other forms of substance abuse, particularly for children....

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Pastor’s Corner – December 9, 2018

Continuing our look at the symbols of Advent, we now turn our attention to the color chosen for the liturgical celebrations of this great season of anticipation. As you probably know, each season of the liturgical year is assigned a specific color.  Green, which symbolizes hope, is for Ordinary Time,...

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Pastor’s Corner – December 2, 2018

          Welcome Advent, the season of joyful anticipation and expectation!  From the Latin “adventus” meaning “to come,” Advent reminds us that as God promised His people deliverance from bondage to sin and death, and made good on that promise in the first coming of the Christ,...

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Pastor’s Corner – November 25, 2018

As you know we are in the midst of the Leadership, Major and Advancedphases of Catholic Strong, an ambitious, diocesan-wide campaign that seeks to raise $50 million to invigorate, strengthen and expand our efforts as an Apostolic Church.  Each parish of the diocese has been assigned a goal based on...

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Pastor’s Corner – November 11, 2018

  We were all saddened, outraged and alarmed by another act of senseless violence last week, this time at the Tree of Life Congregation, a synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.  Whenever a place of worship is attacked it is particularly disturbing for the faithful of every religious denomination. We mourn the...

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Pastor’s Corner – October 14, 2018

Last month, our long-serving Parish Secretary Mrs. Dee D’Orazioannounced that she was retiring, effective October 1.  Dee has been more than just an integral part of our parish staff.  She’s been the heart and soul of our parish office for over 30 years!  She knows more about the parish -its...

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Pastor’s Corner – October 7, 2018

In my column last week, I forgot to thank our church Environment and Art Committee for the beautiful mums arranged in the Prayer Garden for our Festival Mass.  These ladies work so hard to make our worship spaces so beautiful, not just on special occasions but throughout the year.  So...

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Pastor’s Corner – September 23, 2018

Summer is now officially over, and what better way to welcome the Fall than celebrating our Annual Parish Festival!  What began as a way of starting off the school year on a good and happy note with a big faith-family party has become our way of celebrating US, the people...

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Pastor’s Corner – September 16, 2018

            Over the last 2 weekends I have spoken at Mass regarding Catholic Strong, an ambitious, diocesan-wide campaign that seeks to raise $50 million to invigorate, strengthen and expand our efforts as an Apostolic Church.  The word apostle comes from a Greek word meaning, one who is sent.  Sent?  To...

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Pastor’s Corner – September 2, 2018

Have you noticed the long faces on children and the smiling faces of parents lately?  It can only mean one thing:  Labor Day…summer’s last hurrah!  Well, for summer lovers like me, not really.  I cling to the fact that the calendar says the season lasts into the 3rd week of...

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