Browsing Pastor's Reflections

First Holy Communion!

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/03/15

Dear sisters & brothers in Christ,

I first of all want to congratulate those who are coming to the Table of the Lord for the first time today, in other words, those who will be making their First Holy Communion. It is a very special time in the life ... Read More »

Rights & Priviledges

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 6/01/15

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, I touched on the topic of rights and privileges during Sunday's homily. We are a nation based on the concept that "all people" have certain guaranteed "rights," and that each person should have the freedom to exercise those rights. Now we all know ... Read More »

Happy Birthday!

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/23/15

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, Happy Birthday! As we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we also celebrate what is commonly accepted as the birthday of The Church. After Jesus had ascended to The Father, the disciples had been told to wait ... Read More »

Spread the Word! We Serve a Living God!

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/16/15

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

If you can recall my Easter sermon you might remember that I preached on Mark 16:1-8, which I said was the original ending for Mark’s Gospel. In that ending, the women encounter an angel who tells them, “Go and tell the disciples, and ... Read More »

Happy Mother's Day!

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 5/06/15

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, Happy Mother's Day! May The Creator of all of us pour out bountiful blessings upon the     mothers of each of us. And may those blessings be given to biological mothers, adoptive mothers, foster mothers, and the men who had to be both father ... Read More »

Taking a Glimpse & Keeping the Faith

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/29/15

Have you checked the tomb lately? You know, just to make sure it’s still empty. Sometimes we get all caught up in the moment, we get all excited, and our faith is very strong while we are in the midst of celebrating a feast like Easter. Like Thomas, we ... Read More »

Prayer, A Little Prompting....... And An Anniversary!

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/22/15

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Besides being the 4th Sunday of Easter and Good Shepherd Sunday, today is also the World Day for Prayer for Vocations. We all know that the demand for priests, especially competent pastors, is quickly outpacing the supply. When Alphonsus Liguori was first ordained ... Read More »

Much To Do Before We Rest

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/17/15

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Some Scripture scholars and historians make the point that Jesus never intended to found a new Church. He was a good and faithful Jew, and much of His teaching was about the correct interpretation of Jewish Law. However, some of His teachings would ... Read More »

Sell What I Have And Give It To The Poor?

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/17/15

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Along with the post-Resurrection gospel stories, we also begin to hear stories of the early Christian communities. Of course, they did not think of themselves as Christians yet, but we often use that term to distinguish those Jews who believed Jesus of Nazareth ... Read More »

Happy Resurrection Day!

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 4/04/15

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,  HAPPY EASTER! Happy Resurrection Day! If you have not heard, the tomb was EMPTY!  Yes, indeed, there was no dead body in the tomb, and the angels asked the puzzled women, "Why do you look for the Living One amongst the dead?" We ... Read More »