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From the desk of Fr Stephen Jan 24, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 1/20/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

This past year has been different from anything any of us has ever experienced before.  We have all had to adjust our lives to deal with the virus that has run rampant.  Thanks be to God that most of us have not been ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Jan 17, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 1/13/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

St. Clement Hoffbauer, a Redemptorist saint, once said, “It is better to bring the sinner to Jesus than Jesus to the sinner.”  That quote may take a little bit of reflection to understand what St. Clement is talking about frankly, but I think ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Jan 10, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 1/07/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

As you know, I started thinking about the priesthood when I was relatively young.  In those days, 50 years ago, there were seminaries for high school students. So, when I was going into high school, I left Maryland Heights and went 400 miles ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Jan 3, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 12/28/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, the Wisemen seeking the Lord.  The tradition is that they traveled hundreds of miles, following the STAR in the sky.  Recently, we saw something in the sky that had not been seen in 800 years.  ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Dec 13, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 12/10/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

On this third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, we are called to rejoice.  That is what the word Gaudete means “Rejoice.”  I guess because the Lord is near, we should rejoice.  It is good for us always to rejoice and it is important ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Dec 6, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 12/02/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

When I lived at our Redemptorist retreat house in Wisconsin, I lived in the country.  It was about 25 miles from Milwaukee, in the country far away from the city lights - the moon and the stars were bright in the sky at ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Nov 29, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/20/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

When I was younger, my family used to go to Montauk State Park for a few days in the summer to trout fish.  It was always a nice time.  In Missouri, there is a season for catching trout.  It ran from about March ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Nov 22, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/17/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King.  It is the last Sunday of Ordinary Time for the Catholic church.  Next Sunday, we will begin the season of Advent, preparing ourselves for the coming of Jesus amongst us as a baby.  As ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Nov 15, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/11/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

This week the Gospel talks about the master who gives talents to his servants.  Each person is given certain talents and they can do whatever they want with them. Two of the three servants take the talents and double what they were given.  ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Nov 8, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/04/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

I am sure we have all heard the Serenity Prayer before.  The Serenity Prayer is often recited at an AA meeting or in other addiction groups.  It goes like this, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the ... Read More »