From Father Tom

Pastor’s Corner 1/24/2021

Last week in the bulletin I spoke a bit about the call of God and responding to it. I mentioned how some seminarians were looking for a clear call from God, but how unusual that sort of call is. More often, God’s call is more subtle and we have to discern the call, usually with the help and guidance of others.

Pastor’s Corner 1/10/2021

Today we conclude the Christmas season as we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. In the first reading Isaiah reminds us of God’s call when he says: “All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, receive grain and eat; come, without paying and without cost.”

Pastor’s Corner 1/3/2021

The word “Epiphany” comes from a Greek word meaning “manifestation.” This feast was originally celebrated on January 6, twelve days after Christmas (hence the twelve days of Christmas). Now it is placed on the first Sunday of January (but not January 1) so that more people will be able to celebrate this important day.

Pastor’s Corner 12/20/2020

As we near the end of Advent we are given an opportunity to once again hear a very important voice, that of Mary. In today’s Gospel she says: “I am the handmaid of the Lord, may it be done to me according to your word.” The definition of a handmaid is: “a personal maid or female servant; one whose essential function is to serve or assist.”

Pastor’s Corner 12/13/2020

Advent is a special season of light. Jesus, the light of the world, is coming. The candles of the Advent wreath reflect this reality, and each week as we near Christmas, another candle is lit and more light shines. Today is “Gaudete Sunday,” or Rejoice Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent.

Pastor’s Corner 11/29/2020

Today we begin our preparation for the COMING of JESUS. The word Advent means “coming” and Jesus comes to us in the past, present and future. The first part of Advent focuses on the future coming at the end of the world. We had a taste of this with last week’s celebration of Christ the King. To be prepared for this coming we have to make Jesus king of our lives right now!

Pastor’s Corner 11/22/2020

Our readings on this last Sunday of the Church year focuses on shepherding. The first reading from the prophet Ezekiel has God saying: “I myself will look after and tend my sheep. As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep.” The prophet goes on to say that God will “rescue them, pasture them, give them rest, seek out the lost, bring back the strayed, bind up the injured and heal the sick.”

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