Browsing Pastor's Reflections

Preserving Our History

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 3/16/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

 A while ago, I mentioned an idea I had for a local historical project similar to the ones that persevered the Slave Narratives and Spirituals. Thinking about the 150 year history of The Rock and all the things that happened here on the ... Read More »

The Word of God

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 3/09/17

"The Bible, like cellphone, should be carried always," Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- Christians should care about reading God's messages in the Bible as much as they care about checking messages on their cellphones, Pope Francis said. As Christ did in the desert when tempted by Satan, men ... Read More »

The Quiet Time of Lent

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 3/02/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

So here we are again, beginning our Lenten journey. As we struggle through the wilderness, we are encouraged to keep one eye on the horizon where the joys of Easter await us. However, I encourage you not to get ahead of yourself. Don't ... Read More »

Charitable Giving

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 2/23/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Although we have had a fairly mild winter, one might say a pretty strange winter even for Missouri, we have had some very cold nights. Both of our neighboring parishes, St. Francis Xavier "College" and Sts. Teresa & Bridget both offer emergency shelter ... Read More »

Province Pre-Chapter Meeting - Liguori MO

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 2/18/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

       If you tried to reach me this past week you might have had some difficulty. I was attending Province Pre-Chapter meetings in Liguori, MO. As most of you are aware, the men stationed here at St. Alphonsus belong to a religious order ... Read More »

Beyond Sunday Campaign

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 2/09/17

Dear Sisters  & Brothers in Christ,

After mass today, we will be offering a presentation on the Beyond Sunday Campaign. This campaign was initiated to establish a $100 million trust fund that would be used to offer scholarships for Catholic education, both grade school and high school. Some of ... Read More »

Vocations

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 2/04/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ     

Many, many years ago, when I first entered the seminary, I was shocked one day by a comment the assistant dean, Fr. Jim made. He told us that he never prayed for vocations. This would have been surprising coming from any ... Read More »

Parish Council Voting & The "myparish" App

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 1/27/17

Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Today is the last day of voting for our new Parish Council members. I want to first thank everyone who took the time to nominate someone, and all those who were willing to serve by accepting the nomination. I, of course, understand the reasons ... Read More »

Sharing Talents-Building God's Kingdom

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 1/23/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

We all know the parable of the king who goes on a journey and entrusts some of his servants with "talents." Upon his return he inquires what they did with his "talents" and how much profit they made for him... And we all ... Read More »

Happy Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King!

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 1/12/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Happy Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

There are, of course, a lot of things going on throughout our area to commemorate his memory. I hope that you elect to participate in one or more of them. I would also encourage you ... Read More »