Browsing the 2020 archive of Pastor's Reflections

From the desk of Fr Stephen 03May20

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/30/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

It never ceases to amaze me when I read the Acts of the Apostles just how changed the Apostles were after they receive the Spirit at Pentecost. Whereas they were terrified and confused before this event, they were utterly without fear afterward. This ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen April 26, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/22/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

The Gospel we have before us today comes at the end of Luke. It is a famous Gospel because Jesus walks with these disciples but they do not know it is him. Before the crucifixion, they were his regular companions, and yet, like ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen April 19, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/22/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today’s 1st reading from Acts is one of my favorite readings in Scripture. I say that because it puts away so much of the ambition we might have for acquiring things.  This reading shows how people in the early church watched out for ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen April 12, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/22/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Welcome to the glorious Feast of the Resurrection! Jesus rises body and soul from the dead. Unlike the three people Jesus raises in the Gospels; Jairus’ daughter, the widow's son, and Lazarus, Jesus raises himself.  And not only that, but the other three ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen April 5, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/22/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Welcome to Holy Week! As you know, today is Palm Sunday--the beginning of the holiest week of the year. Unfortunately, today, and the rest of the week is not going to play out the way we are accustomed. I remember last year on ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Steve March 29, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 3/25/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

In this week’s gospel reading we hear of the raising of Lazarus from the dead.  This is certainly an important reading for all of us to hear because we all have faith in the Resurrection.  In this particular example Jesus wants to make ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen March 22, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 3/25/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

This past Sunday my homily focused on the belief of the Samaritan woman and then asking ourselves just who and what we believe in.  Today’s gospel follows along the same lines.  Jesus cures the man born blind.  The Pharisees and Scribes do not ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen March 15, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 3/11/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

If you can remember, last year at this time we had an abundance of rain in the spring.  It also had done quite a bit of snowing out west which all fell into the Mississippi River.  As all the water was passing through ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen March 8, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 3/04/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

 

As we move through the Lenten season, we are reminded from time to time of the culmination of Lent where we will enter Holy Week and finally celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.  When Jesus rises, he takes on a glorified body.  We ... Read More »

Changes to the Mass March 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 3/03/20

Changes to the Mass to  address corona virus concerns

Following are changes to our Liturgy as suggested by the Archdiocese to address the concerns with the spreading of corona virus: We will suspend the exchange of the sign of peace via physical contact; you may exchange a verbal sign ... Read More »