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Loving Self

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 12/11/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” While I am not really sure if it was on Jesus’ mind when He offered this as the second of the “Great Commandments,” I have always had the notion that you ... Read More »

Advent...A Time of Preparation

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 12/06/18

From the desk of Fr Stephen 

In today’s gospel we hear John the Baptist announcing to the people that they must repent.  This is a theme that every prophet that ever lived in Israel announced to the people.  Unfortunately, many of these prophets were killed.  Evidently, people do not ... Read More »

Living Our Faith

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/28/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, 

Today’s Gospel is often used to predict that which cannot be known. Jesus clearly states that even He does not know the day, nor the hour, only The Father knows. But still people try to decipher clues, signs and portents. From Ancient Aztec ... Read More »

Christ the King

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/20/18

From the Desk of Fr Stephen

As I read today’s gospel for my preaching this weekend, and also writing in this bulletin article, I was struck by the fact that we read this gospel every Good Friday as part of the reading of the Passion.  As I was reading ... Read More »

Faith Journey is a Group Pilgrimage

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/14/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Today’s Gospel is often used to predict that which cannot be known. Jesus clearly states that even He does not know the day, nor the hour, only The Father knows. But still people try to decipher clues, signs and portents. From Ancient Aztec ... Read More »

Card Party Sunday!

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/07/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Well it’s CARD PARTY Sunday!!! This event has been going on for well over 50 years. In fact, I was unable to find out exactly when it started. Some parishioners and staff clearly remember it happening in the early 70’s. In the early ... Read More »

Co-Redemptorist Sunday

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/31/18

Dear Sister & Brothers in Christ,     

Today is Co-Redemptorists Sunday. A couple weeks ago I briefly explained what the Co-Redemptorists organization is all about. Basically, it is an organization that helps cover the cost of room, board and education for our seminarians. Fr. Maurice tells the story ... Read More »

St Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church, Pt 2

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/24/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Last week I spoke about three types of Redemptorist-Lay associations. The newest one being the Lay-Redemptorist or Lay-Missionary group. Various religious orders have such groups, some of them like the Franciscans have been doing it for a very long time; while others, like ... Read More »

Provincial Elections, pt 1

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/18/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

 First all, thanks for all your prayers. Our elections went very smoothly. In fact, they were probably the smoothest elections I can recall. We have a seven-person government: a provincial and his two consulters make up the full-time “Ordinary Provincial Council.” Then there ... Read More »

Challenges & Choices

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/10/18

From the desk of Fr Stephen...

In today’s gospel from Mark, we have the famous story of the rich young man. He comes to see Jesus and asks what he needs to do to inherit Eternal Life.  Jesus replies “Keep the Commandments.”  The young man says he already keeps ... Read More »