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Living by Memory: Remembering & Celebrating Black Catholic History Month

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/30/17

Living By Memory:  Remembering and Celebrating Black Catholic History Month

Since 1990, the Church in the United States, through the work of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus (NBCCC), has designated November as Black Catholic History Month. In a special way, the testimony of black Catholics reminds us all ... Read More »

Good News--Sad News

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/18/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

I want to begin by thanking Fr. Greg for his service and wisdom today. I am sure all of you appreciate it if for no other reason than it is a break from hearing me. I also want to thank everyone who helped ... Read More »

Happy Card Party Sunday!

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/13/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, Happy Card Party Sunday! As we celebrate our 150th jubilee it wouldn’t be complete without our annual Card Party. I certainly hope you are planning on attending after Mass. I know some people, especially those new to The Rock, get a bit confused ... Read More »

150 Years of Plentiful Redemption

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/07/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

In the great arc of time 150 years may not sound like much, but when you think how much has happened in that century and a half and how different things were in 1867, well then... When the Redemptorists finally agreed to Archbishop ... Read More »

Requirements Of Our Faith

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/25/17

Dear sisters and brothers,

Our first reading could not be clearer in regards to the issue of immigration and care for the poor. Issues that many still struggle with. Not only are we warned not to “molest or harass” these people, but the punishment for doing so is a ... Read More »

Scarcity & Abundance

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/19/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

One of the talks given at the meetings I recently attended was on the concept of "scarcity & abundance." While these are natural states that can describe almost everything, from a precious resource like gold to more subjective items like a person's humor ... Read More »

It's October

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/13/17

October usually is an enjoyable time of the year in the United States. The autumn season manifests itself with wonderful fall foliage in many parts of the country. The temperatures are cooler, inviting people outdoors for nature walks, apple or pumpkin picking. School routines are more established and football ... Read More »

What's Next

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/05/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

We find ourselves, once again, reeling from another act of horrific violence and an utter disregard for the sanctity of human life. The constant barrage of videos and news alerts brought the horror of it right into our living rooms and gave us ... Read More »

Yes, Father! Here I am, send me

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 9/28/17

Dear Sisters  & Brothers in Christ,

I want to thank everyone who worked hard to make our S.M.U.S. a success, especially our kitchen crew. Please pray for Deborah and those helping her as they attempt to clean up our data system and make it more useful for us. As ... Read More »

Sign Me Up Sunday

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 9/22/17

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Well today, as you know, is Sign Me Up Sunday (S.M.U.S.)! The idea is not to make this the only time to sign up for ministries, but rather, a day to recommit to our call to serve our local community.

This year we ... Read More »