Browsing the 2021 archive of Pastor's Reflections

From the desk of Fr Stephen Dec 19, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 12/16/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today we come to the last Sunday in the Advent Season.  In less than a week, we will celebrate the Christ child coming amongst us. In today’s Gospel, we see the beautiful story of the Visitation.  Before this particular scene, the Angel Gabriel ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 12/09/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

St John the Baptist was a powerful preacher in his day. His message challenged people’s hearts, which eventually led to conversion within their hearts. At the moment of conversion, a person looks at their own lives and asks the question, “What must I ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Dec 5, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 12/02/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

This past week, I participated in a march Against Violence in coordination with the Urban League and Cardinal Ritter High School. Close to 1000 of us met at Wohl Community Center, where we had a short time together and marched about 3 miles to Cardinal ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Nov 28, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/23/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

As some of you may know, the Archdiocese will undergo a restructuring in the next couple of years. There was a general meeting held about four weeks ago for the pastors and those closely associated with the running of parishes. They described for ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Nov 21, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/16/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

I want to thank everyone that was involved with the card party this past weekend. Some of our members did a lot of work and I want to thank them for it. Some of our members wanted to have this party in person ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Nov 7, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/04/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

This week, I am writing to remind you of the calendar of events taking place here at the Rock this month. Many things are happening! As you know, this Sunday we are welcoming Fr. Joseph Brown, S.J. for our Mass. Fr. Brown has ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Oct 31, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/28/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

One of the qualities we have as human beings that are different from the rest of the animal world is love.  We may see animals caring for their young, but they are doing this more because of the furthering of the species rather ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/21/21

This week we are going to be celebrating our REVIVAL.  I am hoping we all make an effort to be there. The Revival starts on Sunday at 4:00 pm. Fr. Tom will give the talk, and his central theme will be the unconditional Love of God.  We may offer ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Oct 17, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/14/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

In our Gospel today, James and John ask the Lord to sit with him at his right and left in the Kingdom.  Once again, Jesus must remind them that the Kingdom is not a place where people look for all kinds of praise ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Oct 10, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/07/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Reading the lives of the saints has always been important to me.  This past week we celebrated the feast of Francis of Assisi and Francis Seelos.  Francis of Assisi was the founder of the Franciscan Order.  He heard a voice call him one ... Read More »