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All Saints

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/31/15

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, First I want to welcome Fr. Gregory Heille, OP. He is the director of the Aquinas Institute of Preaching, which is where Fr. Maurice received his doctorate. Since Fr. Greg has dedicated his life teaching others the art of preaching, I am very excited ... Read More »

Thanking Our Elders

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/25/15

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, First let me thank all of our elders. You are a great example to us of the importance of faithful perseverance. Honoring you is not just something we do because it looks politically correct or is culturally fashionable. In this age of instant ... Read More »

Focused on Service and Helping Others

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/14/15

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, This week I will be in Wisconsin to attend Redemptorist meetings for local superiors. Please pray for safe travels for all those attending the meetings and for a successful outcome to our gathering. In the longer form of the Gospel today, James and ... Read More »

The Vineyard

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/11/15

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, I first want to thank everyone who had a part to play in the "Spirituals Concert." It was truly a marvelous event, and we had a great crowd, including a group from Mary Mother of The Church. I am very happy that some new ... Read More »

Just Imagine

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/01/15

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,       Over the last 25 years the Catholic Church has had the greatest scandals of its entire history. There have been a number of them, some new and some almost as old as the Church itself. Undoubtedly the greatest was the sex abuse ... Read More »

A "Debt" of Gratitude

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 9/23/15

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,            Another year older (I turned 54 on Friday) and deeper in debt... A debt of gratitude that is. I truly have so much to be grateful for, and you Rock Church are certainly a large part of that blessing. In the coming ... Read More »

It's Sign Me Up Sunday!!!

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 9/16/15

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,           It's Sign Me Up Sunday!!! Time once again to re-commit yourself to working in the vineyard, to spreading the Gospel, to building the kingdom of God. Each parish in the Archdiocese is in the midst of doing a self-study on the viability ... Read More »

Faith and Good Works

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 9/10/15

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,              Our second reading today (James 2:14-18) speaks about "faith" & "good works." Many Christian have debated over the nature and necessity of "good works." Some argue that "faith" alone is necessary. While others, like us Catholics, argue that both are required. The ... Read More »

In the Vineyard with My Gifts and Talents

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 9/02/15

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, It's a bit hard to believe that it is September once again. In spite of the calendar year   beginning January 1st, the fiscal year beginning July 1st, and the liturgical year beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent, for me, September and the beginning ... Read More »

Stand Up, SIgn Up and Step Up!

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 8/28/15

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ

First of all I want to wish all the women of the parish a Happy women’s Day! I hope many of you were able to go to The Well yesterday and get refreshed with “Living Water.” It is not news to anyone in ... Read More »