The Power to Reunite and Reconcile

April 28, 2012

Dear Parishioners, When you walk into a wake wearing a Roman collar, there’s something you have to get used to, something they don’t warn you about in the seminary. I mean the people who, as soon as they see you, desperately try to evacuate the area like it’s a hot Haz-Mat Zone. Sometimes. you can…

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The Value Of Belonging

April 21, 2012

Dear Parishioners, I don’t know about you, but I am still floating! Our parish’s celebrations of the Sacred Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil – as well as the Masses on Easter Sunday, have left me in awe…they were beautifully celebrated and received. The details were attended to, the congregation was…

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Special Thanks to All Holy Week Volunteers

April 14, 2012

Dear Parishioners, If you’ve ever looked at the inside workings of a wristwatch, you know how tiny some of the springs and gears are. Yet, if even one of them is missing or broken or not doing its job, the watch as a whole cannot function. That’s what it was like around here last week…

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The Great Vigil of Easter

March 31, 2012

Dear Parishioners, A few years ago, there was a play that had a brief run on Broadway called, “Jackie: An American Life”, a two-hour telling of the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. You remember how Jackie was famous for protecting her privacy in an otherwise very public life. No surprise then, at the end of…

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Time to Sharpen Up Your Weaving Skills for Palm Sunday

March 25, 2012

Dear Parishioners, Time to sharpen up your weaving skills. Next Sunday is Palm Sunday and churches everywhere will be host to experts and amateurs making crosses out of palm branches during Mass. Yes, you’re right: Sister Mary Marsha (and our mothers) clearly instructed us that this was poor behavior and would show up as such…

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What's the Magic in St. Anthony's Soup Suppers?

March 18, 2012

Dear Parishioners, How hard is it to slide a chair over? It might be tough if the chair is in a crowded middle school cafeteria at lunchtime and some kid you never saw before wants to join the group at your table. Do you slide your chair over and make room? Or not? On some…

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