Browsing Pastor's Reflections

From the desk of Fr Stephen Nov 29, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/20/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

When I was younger, my family used to go to Montauk State Park for a few days in the summer to trout fish.  It was always a nice time.  In Missouri, there is a season for catching trout.  It ran from about March ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Nov 22, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/17/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King.  It is the last Sunday of Ordinary Time for the Catholic church.  Next Sunday, we will begin the season of Advent, preparing ourselves for the coming of Jesus amongst us as a baby.  As ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Nov 15, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/11/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

This week the Gospel talks about the master who gives talents to his servants.  Each person is given certain talents and they can do whatever they want with them. Two of the three servants take the talents and double what they were given.  ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Nov 8, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 11/04/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

I am sure we have all heard the Serenity Prayer before.  The Serenity Prayer is often recited at an AA meeting or in other addiction groups.  It goes like this, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Nov 1, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/28/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

Today we celebrate the Feast of All Saints. This feast occurs every November 1st, so today we are privileged to celebrate on a Sunday with everyone in the church.  I hope this doesn’t shock you or cause any undue anxiety, but all of ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Oct 25, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/21/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

When I was in high school, I entered a swimming race.  It was a 50-yard race and so not too far.  I was leading the race and was just five yards or so from the finish when I swallowed some water.  The water ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Oct 18, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/14/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

As we all know, this time of the year is election time. It is an important time, especially every four years with the Presidential election.  On November 3rd, all Americans 18 years and older have the right to vote for their chosen candidate. ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Oct 11, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 10/07/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

This past Monday was the Feast of Blessed Francis Seelos.  He is a Redemptorist known for his heroic care for the yellow fever victims in New Orleans in the 1860s.  His love and care for them led him to contract the disease himself ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Oct 4, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 9/30/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

We have heard a lot lately from Sacred Scripture about the vineyard.  In ancient times the vineyard was a very important part of the people’s life.  If they were not producing grapes for selling wine, people generally had their orchards to produce grapes ... Read More »

From the desk of Fr Stephen Sept 27, 2020

Posted by Patricia Garnett on 9/23/20

From the desk of Fr Stephen

As we know, St. Alphonsus Liguori is the founder of the Redemptorists.  He founded the Congregation to preach to the poor and most abandoned of southern Italy.  He did this very well, although it took some years before the Redemptorists were finally well ... Read More »