Browsing From the Pastor

Browsing From the Pastor

Offering Suggestions for What it Means to Pray

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 6/25/17

   From time to time, we are encouraged to pray. Let’s look at what this might mean. Prayer is conversation with the Lord. The Lord Himself is on the initiating end of the dialogue that we call prayer. God speaks to us in ways such as the following: through the ... Read More »

Three Staples for a Year-Round Healthy Spiritual Diet

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 6/25/17

   During the summer season, many of us enjoy eating fruits and vegetables that are in season. And yet, there are foods and beverages that we value consuming at all times during the year. Many of us value the opportunity to consume meat and potatoes, orange juice and coffee ... Read More »

Being Proactive to Avoid Falling Through the Cracks

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 6/25/17

   It was indeed heartening to commission several Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in St. Mary and in Resurrection Parishes during late April. This action testifies that the Eucharist is at the heart and center of the faith life of our two Parishes.      Something that disheartens me is to ... Read More »

The Challenging Nature of Adopting the Catholic Faith

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 6/04/17

   Persons are attracted to explore the Catholic Faith for a number of reasons: 1) Some are impressed by the Liturgies that Catholics celebrate. 2) The unbroken continuity of the Catholic Church in its traditions and in its structure from the time of the Apostles leads a number of persons ... Read More »

A Neat Custom

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 5/30/17

   From time to time, a married couple will ask me if we could arrange to have a special blessing for them within Mass on the occasion of a milestone wedding anniversary, such as for their 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, or 65th anniversary. On behalf of the Church, I am ... Read More »

Is Everyone's Business No One's Business?

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 5/24/17

   A practical way in which we are experiencing the effect of the shortage of priests is in the less than ideal weekend Mass schedule that we have between Resurrection and St. Mary Parishes. Many other parishes in our Diocese are in the same boat.    Most of us acknowledge ... Read More »

Making the Church Our Own

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 5/24/17

We live in a transient society. People move in and out of our communities on a regular basis. Even if we don’t move from our community, we advance in age. All of us are affected by change.    In an ever-changing world, the Church remains for each of us as ... Read More »

Similarities and Differences Between Academic and Spiritual Formation

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 5/08/17

With the reception of Holy Communion for the first time this weekend by a number of children in both St. Mary and Resurrection Parishes, the season of structured religious formation for many of our children concludes. We are  also approaching the end of another school year. Both the school ... Read More »

Exercising Our Easter Faith

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 4/30/17

   In the manner in which we relate to matters pertaining to our own deaths, we have an excellent opportunity to witness to our Faith in the Risen Christ. As a way of honoring a person who has died and as an opportunity to witness to our belief in ... Read More »

The Reality of Sin in the Setting of Leisure

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 4/30/17

   While many of us live highly structured lives, almost all of us have leisure or free time. Leisure time can be described as periods of time when we don’t have to be at a particular place at a given specified time.    As God has designed us, leisure is meant ... Read More »