Eleanor

Just a word… Fifth Sunday of Easter…

May 2, 2021

Just a word… Fifth Sunday of Easter… May 2, 2021  The Hebrew Scriptures refer to Israel as the vineyard so the metaphor that Jesus employed in today’s gospel would speak readily to his gathered friends. They had just finished the last supper before his passion; there was danger and death in the air. Jesus was feeling a deep connection with his friends, so he looked for an…

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Just a word… Fourth Sunday of Easter…

April 29, 2021

Just a word… Fourth Sunday of Easter… April 25, 2021  There was great joy in the parish yesterday, as 39 religious education students received the sacrament of Confirmation. The weather was glorious as befitted the occasion, and the feelings that usually accompany receiving the sacrament were magnified by the relief that the ceremony was actually happening; these students were originally scheduled to be confirmed…

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Just a word… Third Sunday of Easter…

April 29, 2021

Just a word… Third Sunday of Easter… April 18, 2021  Many years ago, there was a television series entitled, “Thirty-something.” The episode I remember best revolved around a dinner table where the two couples who were the focus of the show were enjoying a meal. The camera concentrated on each of the four persons in turn and depicted what each saw and heard. At the end of the…

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Just a word… Second Sunday of Easter…

April 11, 2021

Just a word… Second Sunday of Easter… April 11, 2021  When Jesus entered the locked room where the disciples were hiding out of fear, the absolute best words for Him to utter were “Peace be with you.” Peace was in short supply, as this was a sad group…discouraged, disheartened, bewildered…and the unexpected appearance of the risen Jesus among them revived their spirits, and gave them hope that all that Jesus had told them might be true. A second time Jesus says, “Peace be…

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Just a word… Fifth Sunday of Lent…

March 20, 2021

Just a word… Fifth Sunday of Lent… March 21, 2021 The Greeks in today’s gospel were asking to see Jesus. Who among us would not like to see Jesus? I suspect that most of us would. But which Jesus? The Jesus who taught on the hillsides, or from a boat, or on a beach? The…

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Dear Parishioners – 3.14.21

March 16, 2021

Dear Parishioners, As we enter the fourth week of Lent, I am struck by a few thoughts: one could say we have been living in the season of Lent for the past year; we are halfway through Lent, and perhaps we haven’t found a way of preparing that fits our needs/schedules, etc.; and the weather today (Tuesday) is just lovely, spring-like, and brings to mind that we will actually be celebrating Holy Week and Easter this year, unlike last. If you are looking for something to help you prepare for the coming celebrations, check out the diocesan website where Bishop Frank, always looking forward, has introduced “A Call to Renewal.” This website contains materials for spiritual and pastoral renewal, along with the Bishop’s Pastoral Exhortation,…

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Just a word… Fourth Sunday of Lent…

March 16, 2021

Just a word… Fourth Sunday of Lent… March 14, 2021… On this Laetare Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Lent, we are meant to take a break from the somberness that accompanies Lent and rejoice in the truth of our faith. Using the vehicle of a discourse from Jesus to Nicodemus, the one who visits Jesus…

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Just a word… Third Sunday of Lent…

March 6, 2021

Just a word…Third Sunday of Lent…March 7, 2021 Our readings today take us from the giving of the 10 commandments to the cleansing of the money-changers from the temple, giving us much food for thought. However, today, as we move toward the year anniversary of the virus that has changed our lives and our world,…

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Just a word… Second Sunday in Lent…

February 28, 2021

Just a word… Second Sunday of Lent… February 28, 2021 Who wouldn’t want to rush by that troublesome first reading and move right onto the top of the mountain with Peter, James and John? To see the light and beauty of God, to say how good it is that we are here? Wouldn’t we all want to be in the place where…

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Dear Parishioners – 2.21.21

February 22, 2021

Dear Parishioners, Pope Francis in his Lenten message this year refers to Lent as a “Time for Renewing Faith, Hope and Love.” We, as disciples of the Lord, are called to “share in his mission for the salvation of the world.” How to do this? The pope recommends that “during this season of conversion, let…

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Just a word… First Sunday in Lent…

February 20, 2021

Just a word… First Sunday in Lent… February 21, 2021 The Jews of ancient times viewed the desert not only as the dwelling place of wild beasts, but also as the place where they could make contact with Yahweh, where the Lord met his people. On this first Sunday in Lent, as on every other…

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Dear Parishioners – 2.14.21

February 13, 2021

Dear Parishioners, Have you made your appointment to receive the Covid vaccine yet? Will you do so when you are eligible? Both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict received theirs on January 14. Pope Francis has stated that not receiving the vaccine is “an ethical action, because you are gambling with your health, gambling with your life, but also gambling with the lives of others.” You can be sure that the members of the staff will be vaccinated as soon as they…

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