Pastoral Reflections

December 2017

Dec 24

December 24, 2017

This fourth and final Sunday of Advent is filled with images of expectation. We hear in our scriptures today the promise to David that the Lord will “raise up your heir after you…and I will make his kingdom firm. I will be a father to him and he shall be a son to me. Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever,” and...
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Dec 17

December 17, 2017

As we move into the third week of Advent our scriptures and prayers take a decided turn toward our celebration of Christmas. For two weeks we have been looking forward to the coming of the Lord at the end of time. As we have prayed in our Preface for Mass during these early days of Advent, “…that when he comes again in glory and...
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Dec 6

December 10, 2017

We had a smooth transition to our new posture for the Communion Rite at all three of our communities last weekend. I am grateful for your willingness to adapt to this new posture and to remain standing while all our brothers and sisters receive communion. Since it was one of those weekends where I was able to be present at all three communities...
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Dec 3

December 3, 2017

As we begin our journey through Advent to Christmas, our thoughts turn toward those most in need in our communities. The outreach that we do through the Nathe Fund at Our Lady Star of the Sea, and through the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Knights of Columbus at St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Joseph, are tangible ways that we reach out to those...
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