Browsing the 2019 archive of From the Pastor

Browsing the 2019 archive of From the Pastor

Church as a Sacred Place

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 9/17/19

Dear Friends,

            I discussed the importance of posture at Mass and the integration of body and soul in prayer in general. A couple of incidents (not necessarily here!) have prompted me to discuss the environment in which we celebrate Mass. I've noticed that before funerals or weddings that ... Read More »

Prayer Posture

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 9/09/19

Dear Friends,

            Someone recently texted me and asked why not all Christians make the Sign of the Cross and why only Catholics (and the Orthodox) do so when beginning and ending prayers. I don't have a readily accessible answer to that question, although I could speculate as to ... Read More »

Eucharistic Miracles

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 9/01/19

Dear Friends,

            I recently mentioned a Pew Research Center study which found that about only 30% of Catholics believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, meaning that 70% assert that the bread and wine are merely symbols of Christ's Body and Blood. One of the ... Read More »

New School Year

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 8/26/19

Dear Friends,

            We've come to the beginning of another school year. I've opined that school shouldn't start until the day after Labor Day. Part of the reason for my assertion is that the beginning of the school year implicitly signals the end of the summer, and I prefer ... Read More »

New Daily Mass Schedule

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 8/26/19

Dear Friends,

            Beginning with the month of September, we are going to try a new schedule for daily Masses.

           

Tuesday: 5:30pm at St. Mary of the Snows

            Wednesday: 9am at Resurrection

            Thursday: 5:30 at Resurrection

            Friday: 9am at St. Mary of the Snows

 

... Read More »

Look Deeper

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 8/14/19

Dear Friends,

            In light of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, I share the thoughts of others. First, I share the thoughts of Fr. John Hollowell, a priest from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis:

 

We do not just offer “thoughts and prayers.” In the wake of two ... Read More »

Month of Mary

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 8/14/19

Dear Friends,

            We've had some hot weather in the last couple of weeks. The summer in Rome is even worse when it comes to heat. I think of this as we approach August 5, the feast of the Dedication of St. Mary Major, one of the four major ... Read More »

Praying for Those We Don't Like

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 7/26/19

Dear Friends,

            Bishop Thomas joins us for Mass at each parish this weekend, as I've announced the last couple of weekends. Thank you, Bishop Thomas, for coming to St. Mary of the Snows and Resurrection Parishes to celebrate Mass and install me as pastor.

            One of the ... Read More »

Parables

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 7/20/19

Dear Friends,

            Parables are the stories Jesus tells throughout the Gospels, stories that can be humorous, that can punch us in the gut, that often teach a moral lesson, that reveal something about the Kingdom of God. Most specifically, the parables reveal to us who Jesus is. Keeping ... Read More »

Repetition

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 7/16/19

Dear Friends,

            Repetition is the mother of all learning, so I've been told before. As I mentioned at some of the Masses this weekend, please keep reminding me of your names so that I may learn them. If I can remember the starting lineup for the 1994 Cleveland ... Read More »