Pastor’s Corner 1/13/2019

Water and Baptism

Today we conclude the Christmas season as we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. Tomorrow we begin Ordinary Time, which continues until Ash Wednesday, March 6th. As we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, let us recall the importance of water in the sacrament of baptism. In this initiation sacrament water symbolizes cleansing, through which our sins, including the stain of original sin, is removed. Water also symbolizes new life. Just as the earth needs the rain for new life and growth, so do we in our spiritual life. This begins with the sacrament of baptism and is remembered each time we enter church and bless ourselves with the holy water. That blessing is to recall our baptism and to acknowledge our need to water our faith life if we are to grow.

As you come to church each week to celebrate Sunday Mass, remember this is your time to water and nourish your spiritual life. Hopefully by being attentive to your spiritual life you can grow in your faith and better reflect Jesus Christ in your words and actions. As a result, you could hear these words from today’s Gospel being addressed to you personally, when the Father says: “You are my beloved son/daughter; with you I am well pleased.” May your faith find refreshment within these holy walls and may your lives reflect what you believe and profess.  Blessings and peace to you all.

Pastor’s Corner 12/23/2018

Advent has always been an especially sacred time for me. It is a time to start a new year focused on God. The focus centers on the God-man event, the incarnation. To me this is the most extraordinary event and most wonderful of gifts. Our God chose to become part of our lives, part of our world and part of our history. As I reflect on this event, I realize that it’s not simply a thing of the past – but also, and so importantly, a thing of the present. I witness God becoming incarnate today in many ways: in the outstretched hands of service, in the repentant hearts of those who seek forgiveness, in the grateful worshippers gathered in prayer and through the financial generosity of those who support our parish. God becomes part of our history (our story), as we allow Him to be born anew in the world through our good works and prayers. Continue Reading

Pastor’s Corner 12/9/2018

In the classic Disney movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the dwarves go off to work with picks and shovels over their shoulders singing joyfully: “Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to work we go.” In our Advent song “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” we join that happy work song of the seven dwarves. Our Advent foreman, John the Baptist, shouts, “Shoulder your pick and shovel and make straight your crooked ways; fill in your valleys and level your mountains – prepare the way of the Lord.” Continue Reading