Browsing the 2022 archive of Pastor's Reflections

From the desk of Fr Stephen 05 22 22

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/19/22

From the desk of Fr Stephen

In the 7th grade, I thought about being a priest. I did not believe there was anything better in the whole world than to say Mass and hear confessions. It was a calling from God; this is what I wanted to do. And ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen 05 15 22

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/12/22

From the desk of Fr Stephen

It’s a gift from God! Yes, my friends, all things are a GIFT FROM GOD. I believe the earth and everything in it is a gift from God. Each of us has been blessed with many gifts, and when we die, we will ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen 05 08 22

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/06/22

From the desk of Fr Stephen

It is so nice that the weather is warming and we can move about the city and country more. These last couple of years have been hard on everyone, and we are not exactly sure of the future, but with God, all things ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen 05 01 22

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/28/22

From the desk of Fr Stephen

The week of June 19-26 is a very important week for us here at the Rock. This year 2022, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the weekly devotions to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. In 1867, 155 years ago, Pope Pius IX asked ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen 04 24 22

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/21/22

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today’s Gospel reading is one of my favorites in all of the New Testament. The disciples had just witnessed the cruel death of Jesus and were gathered together to pray and comfort one another. They did not expect that Jesus’ life would end ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen 04 17 22

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/13/22

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Happy Easter! In the Catholic Church, Easter is considered the most important Feast Day of the year. A few months ago, we celebrated the birth of Jesus and this past week we celebrated Holy Week.  Those days were all important, but everyone is ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen 04 10 22

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/06/22

From the desk of Fr Stephen

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. This week certainly is a special week set aside by the Church to remember the path Jesus chose to take, leading to our salvation; this is important to remember. During the Eucharistic Prayer, ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen 04 03 22

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 3/31/22

From the desk of Fr Stephen

We have had some very powerful readings to think about in this Season of Lent.  This week is no exception.  In today’s Gospel, we hear the story of the young woman caught in adultery.  One question that always comes to mind is, where ... Read More »

For the desk of Fr Stephen 03 27 22

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 3/24/22

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today’s Gospel reading is the very famous story of the Prodigal Son.  It is one of my favorite stories in the Gospel and quite possibly one of yours.  In the story, the younger son feels the need to get away from the house ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen 03 20 22

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 3/17/22

From the desk of Fr Stephen

In today’s first reading from Genesis, we see Moses in the desert shepherding his sheep. A burning bush catches his eye. The bush keeps burning and burning and never goes out as he looks. God speaks to Moses from the bush and tells ... Read More »