Today is Gaudete Sunday.  Gaudete means rejoice.  Our liturgy today is filled with that call for us to rejoice, to enter into the joy that comes with the presence of God and our experience of the love of God in our lives.  And that is huge. In today’s gospel people are asking John the Baptist […]

Today we begin the season of Advent.  The focus today is on looking to the future coming of Christ at the end of time or at our death and being prepared for that.  Then the focus moves to preparing for that end by opening ourselves to the coming of Christ right now.  Christ comes into […]

This article for the bulletin needed to be written on Friday, November 16th.  By now the bishops have returned to their dioceses.  I am still deeply disappointed that the Vatican told the bishops to not take a vote on any changes to respond to nthe sexual abuse crisis in our Church.  There are a couple […]

There are a couple of things coming up soon in the parish that I want to call your attention to. Tuesday, November 20th, we will have our mass of Thanksgiving at 7:00 p.m.  It is good to come together to give thanks to God for the many ways we are blessed.  One of the ways […]

This week the United States Catholic bishops have their annual meeting in Baltimore Nov. 12-14.  Recently there was an interview with Chicago Cardinal Blasé Cupich in the National Catholic Reporter about issues the bishops will need to address regarding the sex abuse scandals.  Below are some quotes from the article. Individual Catholic bishops across the […]

Below are some notes taken at the Town Hall meeting to address the sex-abuse crisis in the Church.  The Pastoral Council is grateful to our diocesan Office of Child & Youth Protection (OCYP) for facilitating this meeting and providing helpful information. Carrie Cooper, the Director of the OCYP, opened the meeting noting that this is […]

Jesus, son of David, have pity on me. Mk. 10:47 Sister Mary McGlone tells a story of an experience she had while she was in Ecuador. Last year I went on a minibus ride with clients of a center for people with disabilities in Ecuador.  Sitting next to me was Letitia, a petite, wrinkled and […]