Browsing Pastor's Reflections

A Celebration of YOU--Our 150th Jubilee Gala

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 8/10/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

I must confess that I've been a little surprised by the apparent lack of enthusiasm for our 150th Jubilee year. Correct me if I am wrong. My own excitement is a deep sense of gratitude to what The Rock (the people, not the ... Read More »

St Alphonsus Mary de Liguori

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 8/03/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Since we are celebrating our Feast Day today I thought I would share just a bit of the story behind the founding of the Redemptorist Order and how the Holy Spirit led us to the corner of Cook & Grand.

After Alphonsus Liguori ... Read More »

The Call of God

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 7/27/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

We have all heard, and perhaps used, some form of the adage, "God will never give you a cross too heavy to carry." When we use it we usually use it in the context of something negative that has happened. We assure a ... Read More »

Stewards of Creation

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 7/24/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

At the beginning of the Book of Genesis, God entrusts all of creation to our care. We became not only part of Creation, but its stewards. It seems all my life people have argued over the environment. Whether it was the true effects ... Read More »

Freedoms & Rights

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 7/06/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Happy Independence month, regardless of whenever or however you celebrate your independence, it is important to recognize the freedoms we have and the responsibilities that come with them. Some people see it as a freedom to do whatever they want to do, but ... Read More »

Community

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/22/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Today we will be enjoying our annual picnic. I hope you are planning to join us. It is always a great event, and a wonderful opportunity to fellowship and build community. As you know, this year we celebrate 150 years. While it is ... Read More »

The Body and Blood of Christ

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/17/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Today we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, or the Body and Blood of Christ. I want to congratulate the seven young men and women who will be making their first Holy Communion today. I know they are excited! I am overjoyed to ... Read More »

Open Your Heart and Your Mind Will Follow

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/12/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

I think everyone has a few Scripture verses that they resonate with or connect with in some way. I have a number of them. Two that we have recently heard: "Why do you search for the Living One amongst the dead?" & "Men ... Read More »

The Gift of The Spirit

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/01/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Happy Pentecost!!!  It is hard to believe that we are already at Pentecost. This year has been flying by. Today, we celebrate the birthday of The Church, and the great birthday present that we have received from our God. We normally think about ... Read More »

United As One

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/25/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

When I was a student, I was very involved in Peace & Justice and participated in several marches. I do remember the hostility that those marches invoked in some people. They called us "communists" and said we were unpatriotic for criticizing the government. ... Read More »