Browsing From the Pastor

Browsing From the Pastor

Thanksgiving

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 11/24/19

Dear Friends,

            This is an interesting time of the year. For some, they begin preparing for Christmas as soon as Halloween is over, and without a doubt, there are people already putting up Christmas decorations. Some people lament this and complain that Thanksgiving is often forgotten and ignored. ... Read More »

Saints

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 11/24/19

Dear Friends,

            As we look at the saints during this month of November, I thought I would share some of my favorite saints with you. St. Matthew is obvious, as we share the same name. A former tax collector, he followed Jesus after Christ reached out to him ... Read More »

Vocations

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 11/10/19

Dear Friends,

            This past week was National Vocations Awareness Week. It would be simple to boil this week down to encouraging young men to think about priesthood, but there is more to vocations than priesthood, although that is an important topic to highlight. Vocation comes from the Latin ... Read More »

Three Parts of the Church

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 11/03/19

Dear Friends,

            As we enter into the month of November, the minds of many probably begin to focus on Thanksgiving, and all of us are forced to think about Christmas as sales, advertisements, and décor will more and more become Christmas oriented. However, November is an important month ... Read More »

Recommended Reading

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 10/28/19

Dear Friends,

         Someone recently asked that a list of recommended books be included in the bulletin. I've compiled a quick list although this is by no means exhaustive. I hope you find these books helpful for you, as I've found them helpful in my life.

  He Leadeth ... Read More »

Bishop's Visit

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 10/20/19

Dear Friends,

            I am grateful and appreciative of Bishop Thomas visiting our parishes last weekend to preach, celebrate Mass, and make a difficult announcement. He displayed great concern and pastoral care for all. He emphasized the words of the lepers from the passage from Luke’s gospel: “Jesus, master, ... Read More »

The Rosary

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 10/13/19

Dear Friends,

            October is the month of the Rosary, most likely due to the fact that the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is October 7. Obviously, I'm now late writing about October 7, but better late than never, I suppose. On October 7, 1571, the Holy ... Read More »

New Music

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 10/07/19

Dear Friends,

            You may have noticed a new music addition during Mass. I'm speaking about the brief refrain being sung while the Body and Blood of Christ is distributed to the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, right before the “official” Communion hymn. One song is “This is Jesus” ... Read More »

Take Back Sunday!

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 9/30/19

Dear Friends,

            Take back Sunday! This thought came to mind when reflecting upon last week's reading from the Book of the prophet Amos. Amos says, “'When will the new moon be over,' you ask, 'that we may sell our grain, and the sabbath, that we may display the ... Read More »

Millennials

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 9/23/19

Dear Friends,

            Members of the staffs from both parishes and I recently attended a conference on ministering to Millennials. Perhaps you believe Millennials are anyone under the age of 35, and maybe you've heard stereotypes that they are entitled, lazy, and love avocado toast, but who are they ... Read More »