Browsing Pastor's Reflections

What should I do if I'm not getting fed in my church?

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/20/17

What should I do if I'm not getting fed in my church?

If God's Word is being preached in your church, but you come to feel that you're not getting fed, it may mean that you're not using your own "knife and fork." Many are simply lazy and don't ... Read More »

Happy Easter

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/13/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,         

I pray that your Holy Week was blessed as you walked with your Lord through His Passion and Resurrection. While we spent 40 days in reflective preparation, we now have 50 days to celebrate Christ's Victory on the Cross! ... Read More »

To Worry or Not To Worry

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/05/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

One responsibility I sometimes feel I have as Pastor is "to worry." I worry about attendance. I worry about having a good sermon. I worry that everything is ready and on time for mass (I said I worry, I didn't say it was ... Read More »

Loving Our Neighbor

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 3/30/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Have you ever wondered why so many of Jesus' healings seem to happen on the Sabbath? With a seven-day week, the odds are 7 to 1 against them happening on any given day. Add to the fact that by sheer habit alone, Jewish ... Read More »

Beyond Sunday...The Final Stretch

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 3/23/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

 Well you've heard me talk about it for quite a while. If you read my column on a regular basis, you've also read about it a number of times. What am I talking about? BEYOND SUNDAY! Well, we are in the final stretch ... Read More »

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 »