Browsing the 2021 archive of Pastor's Reflections

From the desk of Fr Stephen July 25, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 7/22/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

The whole story of the people of Israel is a fascinating one.  God makes a covenant with Abraham and designates Abraham’s descendants as His chosen people.  These chosen ones end up in Egypt, where they eventually are enslaved.  This enslavement lasts for several ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen July 18, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 7/14/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

There once was a young man who had just gotten ordained to the priesthood.  He had in his own mind that he wanted to bring Jesus into the world.  He was going to organize the parish with different committees and they would do ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen July 11, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 7/08/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Redeemer.  It is a feast particular to the Redemptorists.  We usually celebrate this on the third Sunday in July, but because of the picnic I wanted to do it today. We, as Redemptorists, call ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen July 4, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 7/02/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

In the Old Testament, God sent many prophets to the Israelites to try and get them to change their lives.  Most, if not all, were rejected; many were even killed because they challenged the status quo of the people.  God wanted His people ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen June 27, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/24/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.  It is a feast that is very dear to the hearts of all Redemptorists.  The Icon and devotion to it have been around for many centuries, but it was not until 1867 ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen June 20, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/17/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today’s Gospel is a very interesting one.  The Apostles and Jesus are crossing the sea by boat.  The Lord is tired and is asleep at the front of the boat.  A violent storm comes up and the Apostles become frightened because they are ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen May 30, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/27/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity.  It is a concept we, as humans, find hard to understand.  How can there be three persons in one God?  I will not try to explain this at all, except to say we ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen May 16, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/12/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

This past Saturday, my family gathered here at the Rock to celebrate a Memorial Mass for my Uncle Len.  It was nice to be able to do this.  Uncle Len lived with my family for many years and we wanted to remember him ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen May 9, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/06/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

What is love?  What a question to ask, but I think it is a really good one.  I suppose we could answer that question in many different ways.  And I guess a further question would be, what are we talking about when we ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen May 2, 2021

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/28/21

From the desk of Fr Stephen

As we know, we need to go through a process for many things in life.  For instance, this is the springtime of the year.  At this time, many people are in the habit of planting things.  It could be a vegetable garden, roses, ... Read More »