Browsing Pastor's Reflections

Life Requires Balance

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 7/24/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Life requires balance. Type “A” personalities used to be praised, and in some places they still are. Those who used to be in charge of the formation of priests used to say that taking a day off was a sign of weakness and ... Read More »

Gun Violence and Our Youth

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 7/02/18

Violence has been a part of the human condition almost from the very beginning.  In Genesis, we read that Cain slays his brother Abel just because Cain was lazy, and he was jealous of the way God loved Abel.  The whole of the Old Testament is filled with cases ... Read More »

Independence Day?

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/28/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence, I don’t have to tell you just how UN-equal those freedoms have been. And it is not only an issue of race. It seems with each passing day we see more and more laws and ... Read More »

Families

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/20/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

As we gather with our families today to celebrate and socialize as a parish family, my mind and heart cannot help but go out to all those families torn apart at the border and throughout our nation. This past week we celebrated “Juneteenth,” ... Read More »

God's Creation

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/18/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Usually when I take a vacation I heed the call to “Go West, (not so-) young man! Go West!” I love the grand open spaces and the amazing beauty of some of our western National Parks. Unfortunately, many of them, especially my favorite, ... Read More »

Catholic Social Teaching

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/06/18

Is a central and essential element of our faith. Its roots are in the Hebrew prophets who announced God's special love for the poor and called God's people to a covenant of love and justice. It is a teaching founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ, who ... Read More »

What makes us Church?

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/31/18

What makes us Church?

Is it attending mass on Sunday?  Is it welcoming visitors and making them feel at home?  Is it serving in a ministry?  Is it tithing regularly to support the church and its mission?  It is all these things and more! 

Church should make us feel ... Read More »

June--A Busy Month

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/23/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

As I mentioned last Sunday, I am out of town for a couple weeks for some R&R. Since Hawaii is erupting and the West Coast is on fire, I’ve decided to head in the opposite direction. I am planning on doing a little ... Read More »

Pentecost 2018

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/17/18

Happy Birthday, Church!

 

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

It is a wonderful feast day that we celebrate today, the official birth of The Church and the gift of The Holy Spirit. Now I will confess that I grew up like most white American Catholics with little sense ... Read More »

Dialogue 18

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/17/18

Last week I was in Canandaigua, New York.  I am on a committee that is preparing for Dialogue 18 this summer which runs from July 30-Aug 3.  This Dialogue is intended to bring together young adults from Redemptorist ministries in North America.  This is not the first attempt to ... Read More »