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Reflections

We Hold a Treasure

August 6, 2019

Dear Parishioners, As a gerontologist I look at the farmer in this week’s gospel as a good person planning for the future. A more ancient version of pension planning, retirement benefits portfolios, long-term care insurance-He is concerned for his immediate family, extended family, and in those days being a man of means, his laborers and…

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The Best of Who We Are

July 19, 2019

Dear Parishioners, Whew! Another parish picnic day has flown by, leaving us with gratitude and memories. Gratitude for the many hands that contributed their time and energy, and memories of the friends (and food!) that we seem to see only once a year at this event. Many thanks to the co-chairs of the picnic. Rose…

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Pope Francis

Here to Serve

June 27, 2019

Dear Parishioners, In preparing to write the column this week, I was struck by one phrase in the second reading (Galatians) in which St. Paul writes that we are to “serve one another through love.” I immediately encountered those words “to serve” again upon reading the obituary of Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, CA. Bishop…

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2019 – 2021 Pastoral Council Members

June 20, 2019

Dear Parishioners, As you know, last Sunday we celebrated the Feast of Pentecost, the feast of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit was indeed alive and well at the parish, particularly during the 10 am Mass, which pulsed with the Spirit’s presence, between the readings, the homily, the outstanding music and the anticipation of the drawing…

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Come Holy Spirit

June 6, 2019

Dear Parishioners, It is entirely appropriate (and part of the plan!) that today, the Feast of Pentecost, is the day on which a new Pastoral Council is chosen for our parish. Every two years (with the exception of the retiring council, which has served for three years due to the extraordinary events of the past…

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Putting Our Faith Into Action

May 31, 2019

Dear Parishioners, Next weekend, Al’s Angels return to the parish to host a lemonade stand to raise money for their outreach to families with children who are hospitalized due to disabling diseases or injuries. Please give Al’s Angels a St. Anthony welcome by enjoying some refreshing lemonade and supporting this worthy cause. Frank, Beth and…

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Dan Schutte

Whew!

May 23, 2019

Dear Parishioners, What a busy parish! Take a look at the bulletin this week! And what is included in it isn’t the half of what is happening around here.  Whew!  It would make your (and my!) head spin. No room for a real letter, but just a word of thanks to Dan Schutte and to…

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Dr. Charlotte Tomaino

So Blessed!

May 23, 2019

Dear Parishioners, This past Saturday morning, 82 women gathered in the parish hall for a morning of reflection led by Dr. Charlotte Tomaino, a clinical neuropsychologist whose book “Awakening the Brain: the Neuropsychol- ogy of Grace,” explores the intersection of science and spirituality. Dr. Tomaino worked for years with those affected by traumatic brain injuries…

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Collection Information

May 10, 2019

Dear Parishioners, Did you ever find yourself subject to the schedule demands of other parties, often causing you to have to completely re-arrange what you had been planning to accomplish on certain days, or preventing you from being able to move forward with a project or task? That happens in the life of our parish,…

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Do you love me?

May 5, 2019

Dear Parishioners, In today’s Gospel we see Simon Peter at the forefront: he wants to go fishing and he calls to his companions to join him. When Jesus calls to them to ask if they have caught anything, and gives advice about casting the nets to the right side of the boat, Peter realizes that…

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Walk the Way of Jesus

April 19, 2019

Dear Parishioners, As we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem this Sunday, we have a choice as to how to proceed for the rest of this coming Holy Week. Will we be bystanders, going through the motions and rejoicing next Sunday that we can again eat chocolate, or have a drink, or return to whatever behavior…

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The Goodness of the Lord

April 15, 2019

Dear Parishioners, As we begin our experience of Holy Week 2019, memories of Holy Weeks in the past surface. In looking back, perhaps we think about the intentions that we had for a “good and fruitful” Lent that would create an attitude in our hearts for a truly meaningful Holy Week, especially the celebrations of…

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