Browsing the 2015 archive of Pastor's Reflections

Reaping a Rich Harvest for God

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 7/15/15

Dear sisters & brothers in Christ,

I have found there are two types of end-of-day weariness. With the first, when I look back over the day and reflect on how much I accomplished, the tasks that were completed, the problems solved, projects organized and delegated, etc., etc. etc. With ... Read More »

Farewell Fr. Paul and the Priviledge of the Journey

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 7/11/15

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, Last Sunday we shared the sad news that Fr. Paul is returning to Chicago. It has been a real blessing to have him present here in our community, and especially, preaching on a regular basis. Not only does it give you all a ... Read More »

Independence Day

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 7/01/15

This weekend we celebrate Independence Day. For some it is a focus on The Revolutionary War and the throwing off of the British chains of oppression. However, I do not have to tell you that there were many who did not have their chains removed until much later, and ... Read More »

Happy Picnic Day!

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/27/15

Dear sisters & brothers in Christ,

 Happy Picnic Day! 

           As I write this I am praying for good weather, and I hope my prayers were well received. Our picnic is always a great time to relax and fellowship, and of course, enjoy some great food. I personally love ... Read More »

Power and Service

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/17/15

Think of those people who have risen from the ranks into positions of power.  While we applaud their success, we still raise the question:  How will they use their newly acquired power?  Will they use it to consolidate and advance their own personal interests, or will they use it ... Read More »

Keeping Holy the Sabbath

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/10/15

Keeping holy the Sabbath is a difficult thing to do, even for those of us who faithfully attend Sunday Mass.  After all, we have only so many hours in the day in which to accomplish a myriad of tasks.  We sometimes presume that having kept our Sunday “obligation” at ... Read More »

First Holy Communion!

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/03/15

Dear sisters & brothers in Christ,

I first of all want to congratulate those who are coming to the Table of the Lord for the first time today, in other words, those who will be making their First Holy Communion. It is a very special time in the life ... Read More »

Rights & Priviledges

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/01/15

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, I touched on the topic of rights and privileges during Sunday's homily. We are a nation based on the concept that "all people" have certain guaranteed "rights," and that each person should have the freedom to exercise those rights. Now we all know ... Read More »

Happy Birthday!

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/23/15

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, Happy Birthday! As we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we also celebrate what is commonly accepted as the birthday of The Church. After Jesus had ascended to The Father, the disciples had been told to wait ... Read More »

Spread the Word! We Serve a Living God!

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/16/15

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

If you can recall my Easter sermon you might remember that I preached on Mark 16:1-8, which I said was the original ending for Mark’s Gospel. In that ending, the women encounter an angel who tells them, “Go and tell the disciples, and ... Read More »