Category Pastor’s Notes

Week of March 10, 2013

Today we have the familiar parable of the Prodigal Son. It is a good time for me to remind you of our Penance Service tomorrow night, Monday, May 11th, starting at 7:00 p.m. Has it been a while since you have celebrated this sacrament? This parable reminds us of God’s mercy and love celebrated in […]

Week of September 16, 2012

Last week I wrote about the bishop’s desire for every parish to promote family prayer during this Year of Faith.  In Matthew Kelly’s book Rediscover Catholicism (which we gave to everyone in the parish last year) he has a chapter on daily prayer.  He reminds us that prayer is central to the Christian experience.  A […]

Week of September 9, 2012

This week I am taking a break from the United States Bishops Conference’s statement Faithful Citizenship.  There are still things to share with you from this document, but I want to talk to you today about an Apostolic Letter that Pope Benedict issued called Porta Fidei.  In this letter Pope Benedict announces a Year of […]

Week of September 2, 2012

This week I continue with excerpts from the American bishop’s pastoral letter on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.  Another question the bishops ask is “What does the Church say about Catholic Social Teaching in the Public Square?”  They then go on to address seven key themes which I will begin to look at in this […]

Week of August 26, 2012

This week I continue with excerpts from the American bishop’s pastoral letter on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.  One of the questions the bishops respond to in this document is, “How does the Church help the Catholic faithful to speak about political and social concerns?”  They begin to answer the question by trying to help […]

Week of August 19, 2012

In November we go to the polls again to vote for leadership in our country.  For a number of years now when there is election for the President our Catholic Bishops have issued a statement called Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship to share Catholic teaching on the role of faith and conscience in political life.  […]

Week of August 12, 2012

Wednesday, August 15th, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is a Holy Day of Obligation or, as I heard one priest refer to Holy Days, a Holy Day of Opportunity.  This is a feast that has not been with us for a long time.  “After the horrors of the […]