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From the desk of Fr Stephen April 18, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/14/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Thomas Edison was a great inventor.  There are many things that he helped to bring about to make the lives of people easier.  His most famous invention was the light bulb.  He tried many things as a filament in the bulb to make ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Apr 11, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/07/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.  We recall the infinite mercy God shows us, his children, in the forgiveness of our sins.  And as a loving parent, on this day, we remember not just God’s forgiveness but His mercy in holding back the ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Mar 28, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 3/23/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today is Passion (Palm) Sunday.  It is the beginning of Holy Week.  For me, Holy Week has always been my favorite week of the year.  I know people get excited about Christmas, but liturgically, Easter is much greater.  Palm Sunday celebrates the entrance ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Mar 21, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 3/17/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

When I lived in Houston, we had about 2,000 Hispanic people at Mass on Sunday and about 1,000 English-speaking people.  We did not have many African Americans; however, one black man did come to church every week.  His name was Jerome.  He was ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Mar 14, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 3/10/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

As you know, we sent out a survey to the parish recently with many questions.  We had 106 people respond and I am very grateful for those who took the time to respond.  It was, and is, helpful in planning our future together.  ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Mar 7, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 3/03/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

This past weekend, I spoke at Mass about how important stories are for us as a people.  Every culture has passed its beliefs and history on to the next generation.  Many times, in sharing these stories, there is also a point to be ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Feb 28, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 2/24/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

About 30 years ago, I was on retreat and something quite remarkable happened to me.  I was sitting in the chapel at the time and an overwhelming feeling of God’s goodness came upon me.  I was not doing anything really to deserve this ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Feb 21, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 2/17/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

These past couple of weeks, we have experienced the bitter cold of winter.  For almost two weeks, the temperature did not get above freezing, and we had snow coming down from the skies that reminded me of the 20 years I spent in ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Feb 14, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 2/13/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Our readings talk to us today about the disease of leprosy.  In ancient times, leprosy was seen as the most debilitating and worst of diseases; it hurt the body, the mind, and the spirit of a person.  Leprosy is a rotting of the ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Feb 7, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 2/04/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Recently, I have spoken about the passion of anger we see in the world.  As we know, many times, this anger comes from a situation that does not seem fair.  It does not make sense to us that this particular thing is happening, ... Read More »