Eleanor

Just a word… Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time…

June 28, 2020

Just a word… Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time… June 28, 2020 What are we to make of this Gospel today, in which Jesus seems to challenge the depth of our love of family members and implicitly commands us to take up our cross and follow him? His tone softens a bit as we hear Jesus…

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Mass Protocols

June 26, 2020

Dear Parishioners,The day has come when we can open the doors of the church again to hold Mass, only now, instead of “standing room only” we can offer “sitting room” for less than 50 people. The idea that we have to require reservations to populate our Masses is one that goes against the grain, being…

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Just a word… Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time…

June 21, 2020

Just a word… Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time… June 21, 2020 Are you ever afraid? Most people (including me) are reluctant to admit out loud that they are…but I will admit that I am afraid at times, usually of things that will never happen, or if they did happen, I would manage to survive…like, what…

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St. Anthony of Padua Church

Masses will resume in the church on Sunday, June 28

June 13, 2020

Dear Parishioners,                I hope that you are well and staying safe.  Frank, Beth and I dearly miss seeing you at Mass and so look forward to the day when we can gather together safely in church.  In the meantime, we remember you all in our daily prayers.             …

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Just a word… Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

June 13, 2020

Just a word… Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ… June 14, 2020 In 1844, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “the only gift is a portion of thyself. Thou must bleed for me.” Those words can certainly be applied to the gift that the Eucharist is to the Christian Community. By receiving that…

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Celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

June 7, 2020

Dear Parishioners, This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, that mystery of our faith that recognizes three manifestations of our one God, as Father, the Creator, Son, the Redeemer, and Spirit, the Advocate. One of the many lessons we can learn from this mystery is the foundational importance of relationship. As humans, we are created in the image and likeness…

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Just a word… Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

June 7, 2020

Just a word… Feast of the Most Holy Trinity… June 7, 2020 Sometimes there is a confluence of events that stops us in our tracks and makes us take account of the ways in which we live, forcing us to search for meaning out of all that confronts us. I believe we are in such…

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Celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit, the feast of Pentecost

June 1, 2020

Dear Parishioners, This Sunday we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit, the feast of Pentecost. It is a time for rejoicing, even in our current circumstances.  The Holy Spirit, after all, is the manifestation of God who inspires us in our lives, who nudges us to do our best as Christians, who is the presence…

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Just a Word – Pentecost Sunday 2020

May 31, 2020

Just a word… Feast of Pentecost… May 31, 2020 On this Feast of Pentecost we celebrate the sending of the Holy Spirit, to the apostles, yes, and to us as well. For anyone who has a control issue, the descent of the holy, chaotic wind of God can unleash discomfort or at least uneasiness. For…

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Just a Word – Seventh Sunday of Easter 2020

May 23, 2020

Just a word… Seventh Sunday of Easter… May 24, 2020 Can we think about today’s Gospel as Jesus’ last will and testament? In a way, that is exactly what it is. We are privileged to overhear Jesus’ prayer to his Father, on the night before he was to die. The theologian John Shea says that…

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Just a Word – Sixth Sunday of Easter 2020

May 19, 2020

Just a word… Sixth Sunday of Easter… May 17, 2020 Each of the six Sundays since Easter has called us to celebrate the joy of Easter, of Resurrection, of renewing the earth. To celebrate that joy assumes that we have it in the first place. Where is it to be found, and what exactly is…

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Just a Word – Fifth Sunday of Easter 2020

May 10, 2020

Just a word… Fifth Sunday of Easter… May 10, 2020 Soup and stones…that’s one way to sum up the first two readings this Sunday. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles relates an issue in the early church, one of favoritism and discrimination. Jerusalem was home to many widows who found support in the…

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