Eleanor

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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Just a Word… Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time…

February 13, 2021

Just a word… Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time… February 14, 2021 Why on this day when our thoughts naturally turn to warm and fuzzy pink hearts, chocolates and red roses, does the church present us with lepers?  We want to call to mind and reach out to those we love and have loved in our lives, and…

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Dear Parishioners – 2.8.21

February 6, 2021

Dear Parishioners, I just disposed of the last poinsettia, Valentine hearts are appearing everywhere, and as I look at the calendar I see that Ash Wednesday will soon be upon us (February 17). Sometimes the days drag, but not so the months…they seem to fly, and here we are a month shy of when the…

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Just a Word… Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time…

February 6, 2021

Just a word… Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time… February 7, 2021 Why in the world would Alexei Navalny return to Russia, having just survived a poisoning that was meant to keep him from his work? Why did Job, after railing at God about his many misfortunes, reaffirm his belief in the Lord? For that matter,…

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Just a Word… Third Sunday in Ordinary Time…

January 24, 2021

Just a word… Third Sunday in Ordinary Time… January 24, 2021 “Where can we find light in this never-ending shade?,” asks the young poet laureate. Indeed, if we consider our 11 month battle with the corona virus as the shade, we might employ other metaphors as well, for instance, winter. We are wintering, as author Katherine May…

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Just a Word… Second Sunday in Ordinary Time…

January 17, 2021

Just a Word… Second Sunday in Ordinary Time… January 17, 2021 The church calendar tells us that Christmas is over, and we have entered what is referred to as “Ordinary Time.” The decorations were taken down this past Monday, the music this weekend will be different, and our expectations of the readings we will hear…

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Just a word… Feast of the Baptism of the Lord…

January 11, 2021

Just a word… Feast of the Baptism of the Lord… January 10, 2021 We find ourselves here at the close of a most unusual Christmas season, marking the Baptism of the Lord, what can be considered an unusual celebration… or is it? There are those who question why Jesus would “submit” to being baptized by…

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PRESS RELEASE from CT Faith Leaders Collaborative Statement re Assault Upon U.S. Capital

January 7, 2021

Yesterday we wept for America as we saw violence unfold in our Nation’s Capital.  For the 1st time in 208 years and only the 2nd time in U.S. history the world’s strongest symbol of civil government and the consistent home of “peaceful transition of power” came under direct physical assault and blood was shed in the hallowed…

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Just a word… Feast of the Epiphany…

January 2, 2021

Just a word… Feast of the Epiphany… January 3, 2021 I don’t know about you, but the Feast of the Epiphany, with its story of the Magi, the mysterious star, and the exotic and symbolic gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, appeals to my imagination. There is an ancient Persian legend that posits an interesting…

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Christmas Column 2020 – Eleanor

December 24, 2020

Dear Parishioners, Suzanne Simard, a professor at the University of British Columbia, has a thesis about forests. Where some see a group of independent, self-sufficient trees, Dr. Simard see a gathering of “connected, communicative and codependent” organisms that are perceptive and collaborative in their living.  Simard’s research, prompted by her deep interest as a child…

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