Browsing Pastor's Reflections

Sign Me Up Sunday

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 9/22/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Well today, as you know, is Sign Me Up Sunday (S.M.U.S.)! The idea is not to make this the only time to sign up for ministries, but rather, a day to recommit to our call to serve our local community.

This year we ... Read More »

SMUS

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 9/16/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

I want to once again thank everyone who had a hand in putting together our Gala Celebration. It exceeded even my expectations and was truly a wonderful event. I know the Jubilee Commission, and especially the Gala sub-committee, worked very long hours in ... Read More »

DACA

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 9/07/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Whether people are for or against immigrants, it drives me crazy when people try to reduce it to a legal question, "They should have come in 'legally.'" The problem with such statements is that probably 99% of the people who make them have ... Read More »

Darkness Cannot Extinguish Light

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 8/31/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Tragedies like Charlottesville can make one wonder if all of the marches and the sit-ins, the placards and the yard signs, the preaching and the statements issued have made any difference at all. The depth of some people's hate, and their pure ignorance ... Read More »

The Peace of Christ

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 8/24/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

If anyone in all of history was falsely arrested and unjustly condemned that person would be Jesus of Nazareth, The Christ. Not only was he not guilty of the charges for which he was arrested, He was not guilty of anything. And I ... Read More »

We Are A Family

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 8/19/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Last Sunday I preached about "The Boat" imagery, which used to be a popular metaphor for The Church. It works well when we think about The Church being a community on a journey, especially when that journey encounters a storm. Well church, these ... Read More »

A Celebration of YOU--Our 150th Jubilee Gala

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 8/10/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

I must confess that I've been a little surprised by the apparent lack of enthusiasm for our 150th Jubilee year. Correct me if I am wrong. My own excitement is a deep sense of gratitude to what The Rock (the people, not the ... Read More »

St Alphonsus Mary de Liguori

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 8/03/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Since we are celebrating our Feast Day today I thought I would share just a bit of the story behind the founding of the Redemptorist Order and how the Holy Spirit led us to the corner of Cook & Grand.

After Alphonsus Liguori ... Read More »

The Call of God

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 7/27/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

We have all heard, and perhaps used, some form of the adage, "God will never give you a cross too heavy to carry." When we use it we usually use it in the context of something negative that has happened. We assure a ... Read More »

Stewards of Creation

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 7/24/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

At the beginning of the Book of Genesis, God entrusts all of creation to our care. We became not only part of Creation, but its stewards. It seems all my life people have argued over the environment. Whether it was the true effects ... Read More »