Browsing the 2015 archive of From the Pastor

Browsing the 2015 archive of From the Pastor

A Common Yearning

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 12/27/15

   Many of our families are ecumenical. This means that we have immediate family members and/or relatives who belong to other Christian faith communities. Opportunities for non-Catholic persons who have been baptized in other Christian traditions to explore the Catholic Faith are to be offered at both St. Mary and ... Read More »

A Christmas Greeting

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 12/18/15

   What a blessed privilege it will be to celebrate our Savior’s Birthday this coming Friday! Because in Jesus, God has chosen to place Himself in our shoes, we can go forward with the assurance that we are never alone. Loneliness can drain us. Apart from an awareness of our ... Read More »

A Gracious Offer

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 12/15/15

   For many of us, this is a very hectic time of the year. Factors such as the following contribute to the stress that several experience. For one, many of our normal tasks and responsibilities still need to be done. As adults, we still have to go to work ... Read More »

Providing a Gift That Continues to Give

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 12/05/15

   At this time, many of us wrestle with ourselves about what we can give to others, especially to persons who are dear to us, for Christmas. Oftentimes,  we think about items that can be purchased. We want to give things that our recipients will enjoy, need or use. Some ... Read More »

A Fresh Opportunity for a New Church Year

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 11/29/15

Happy New Year! Perhaps this sounds like a premature greeting, and yet it is appropriate. This weekend, we are entering a new Church Year. On the First Sunday of Advent, the Lectionary Cycle changes. This means that we will be using Cycle C for the Scripture Readings to be ... Read More »

Thanksgiving is Thanksliving

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 11/22/15

THANKSGIVING IS THANKSLIVING –    We don’t have to be taught how to whine, gripe and complain. These tendencies come natural to us. Unless we are on guard, we can spend precious time moping about what we can’t do, what we used to be able to do, and or ... Read More »

An On-Going Opportunity for All to Participate

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 11/22/15

Gift bearers are needed at each of our weekend Masses. Persons who serve in this role bring forward to the celebrant the financial offering of the congregation as well as the bread and wine that are to be consecrated at that given celebration of Mass.

According to the Guidelines ... Read More »

Making Room for that Which Matters

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 11/07/15

   Hard times make us aware of our priorities. Hopefully, two groups that really matter to us are our family and our parish. Fortunately, much of the time, we do not find ourselves in a crisis situation in regard to either of these groups. From time to time, hard ... Read More »

Making Room in Our Lives for that Which Really Matters

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 11/01/15

   From early childhood, we are thrust into a survival mentality. As children and as youth, we experience this in the pressure to excel in school. We need to excel in order to get that scholarship that will enable us to attain to our educational and career goals. As ... Read More »

Expressing our Oneness with Those Who Have Gone Before Us

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 11/01/15

In  the Apostles' Creed, we express our unity with the faithful of all times and places as we profess that we believe in "the communion of saints." Special observances next week enable us to give expression to this belief. NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1st, IS ALL SAINTS' DAY. On this ... Read More »