Browsing Pastor's Reflections

Lent-Rascism, Pt 2

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 2/20/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

I have no idea how many priests obeyed the Bishop and preached on the ‘Sin of Racism’ last Sunday, but I do commend those who did for I realize it is not an easy thing to do. Last Sunday I mentioned in my ... Read More »

Lent-Rascism

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 2/14/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Welcome, fellow disciples, to our pilgrimage of Lent, as we seek a path that will lead us ever closer to our God and the great gift of our Salvation. We begin the journey by “turning away from sin and to be ever more ... Read More »

Raising Children, Pt 2

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 2/08/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

A couple weeks ago I wrote a letter about the importance of passing on our faith to our children. Any good and loving parent wants to teach their child/children about the important things in life. And part of that is to teach them ... Read More »

Youth

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 1/31/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers,

Next Sunday, besides being our usual Fellowship Sunday, we will be having a meeting for all of our youth and teens, everyone eighteen and younger. While I applaud those who have volunteered to do Youth Ministry, and I hope they continue to do so, I ... Read More »

Fr Steve Benden's Bio

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 1/25/18

Hello,

My name is Fr. Steve Benden.  I am originally from St. Louis, but this is the first time I have lived here as a priest.  I am very happy to be here.  As a Redemptorist, I have had many different assignments around the country.  I have been involved ... Read More »

Raising Children, Pt 1

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 1/20/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, For most of us, our faith is something passed down through our family from generation to generation. But I have certainly listened to more than one parent’s frustrations about their children not practicing the faith. In spite of all they taught and the example ... Read More »

Inspired...Encouraged...Dedicated

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 1/10/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

I want to congratulate the children who are being baptized today at our 11 am mass. We joyfully welcome them into God’s Holy Family today as our Heavenly Father claims them as His very own sons and daughters. May they live their lives ... Read More »

Focus On Our Future

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 1/03/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

I pray you had a very happy and blessed Christmas, and that your New Year is off to a wonderful start. Being gone the end of November through the beginning of Advent made a hectic season (Christmas on a Monday) even more so. ... Read More »

Happy New Year

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 1/02/18

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Happy New Year!  …well almost. While it may seem like just another day in the great cosmological universe, for us who celebrate January 1st as “The New Year,” it is a chance to begin anew. It is a chance to put old ways ... Read More »

Merry Christmas

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 12/19/17

Merry Christmas!

I realize that technically this morning is only the fourth week of Advent, but it is hard to hold back the joy, since this fourth week is only 24 hours long. Hard to focus on preparation due to the nearness of our God, for our Savior draws nigh.

I have always loved Christmas. And I have always been amazed at the change that comes over most people, even non-religious people. Maybe it is simply habit, since most of us were told as children that if we weren’t good Santa would put us on the naughty list. But I think it is more than that. I think the joy and the niceness are contagious. It is easy to get caught up in the spirit of the season, with all the music and decorations, with all the Christmas themed shows and everyone being a bit nicer to each other. But I also believe in the Incarnation, and I think this tangible presence of our God, this incarnation of love and joy, has the power to transform even the Scrooges amongst us. So go ahead and spread the joy, go ahead and wear a smile and be happy. If nothing else, it will make everyone wonder why you are so ... Read More »