Browsing Pastor's Reflections

Departure, Pt 2

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 7/17/19

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Well this is it. My final Sunday and final letter. It has been an honor and a blessing being your pastor. I am sure that if my dad, his mother and sisters, were still alive, they would have gotten a kick out of ... Read More »

Departure, Pt 1

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 7/10/19

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

As a preacher I am seldom short on words. In fact, I once heard someone say about preachers, “they come in a gaseous state and expand to fill all available space” ...how true. But on this occasion, I find it hard to find ... Read More »

Freedom for All

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 7/01/19

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

This week we celebrated, what is for some, a painful holiday. This is only made worse by those who are completely blind to this fact. I have been involved in one aspect or another of social justice all my adult life. I have ... Read More »

Letters

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 7/01/19

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Well there aren’t too many of these letters left to write. My father was a machinist for Anheuser Busch for most of his life. He was an insurance broker for several years. But what he always wanted to be was a writer. He ... Read More »

My Last Picnic Sunday

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/19/19

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, 

Today, as you know, is our annual picnic. I’ve been praying for good weather and I hope we didn’t use up all of our “weather blessings” on the Blues celebration. Speaking of the Blues, if you could have the Stanley Cup for a ... Read More »

Have You Shared Your Faith Today?

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/13/19

Dear Sisters & Brothers,

I'll admit, I've never really been a fan of, or understood, the loud engine thing. How come men (and I guess some women) want EVERYONE to know how big an engine they have in their car. They'll spend a ton of money and time making ... Read More »

Grilling to Glory

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/29/19

From the Desk of Fr Stephen...

As you know, we have now gone 5 weeks with a new neighborhood outreach here at the Rock called “Grill to Glory”.  It seems that the parish and the neighborhood have both bought into this project.  I am very grateful for all of ... Read More »

Just Do It

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/22/19

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

It seems every day brings more and more events and projects. Our to-do list just grows and grows. Our new Parish Council met last night and one of the first statements made was the fact that we do a lot of talking, but ... Read More »

Prayer

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/18/19

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Prayer can basically be defined as a conversation with God. The Catholic Church recognizes 5 forms of prayer (blessing, petition, intercession, thanksgiving & praise) and 3 ways of expressing our prayer (vocal, meditation, contemplative). I’ll admit from the outset that some of those ... Read More »

Happy Mothers Day

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/08/19

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who have lovingly mothered someone, whether that be biological, adoptive, foster or just lovingly cared for those children who have come into your life. Not to take anything away from our fathers, especially those who went ... Read More »