Pastor's Notes

Pastor's Notes

2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

Posted by Maria Franxman on 4/22/22

Christus Resurrexit, Sicut Dixit, Alleluia!!! Christ has Risen, as He said He would, Alleluia!!!

The Transformation, the Newness, the Resurrected Life in Christ is precisely the culmination and completion of all of God’s Mercy. What is mercy? But Love, Compassion, Kindness, and Forbearance shown to and extended to one ... Read More »

Easter Sunday

Posted by Maria Franxman on 4/14/22

Christus Resurrexit, Sicut Dixit, Alleluia!!! Christ has Risen, as He said He would, Alleluia!!!

As we experience the Good News of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ this Easter Sunday, I thought this excerpt from a sermon by Saint Pope Leo the Great (Sermo 15, De passione Domini, ... Read More »

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Posted by Maria Franxman on 4/08/22

Passiontide to Palm Sunday to the Paschal Mystery

Is your Passiontide life looking any different than your normal days, even your ‘normal’ Lenten days? If not, you may want to ask yourself if the coming Paschal Mystery celebration – Christ’s Suffering, Death, and Resurrection – are truly central to ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Lent

Posted by Maria Franxman on 4/01/22

Welcome to Passiontide!

Starting with the 5th Sunday of Lent through the Holy Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday of the Easter Vigil). During these last days of Lent, we are challenged to set aside the goods of this world more intentionally, so as to be more ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Lent

Posted by Maria Franxman on 3/25/22

Lætare Jerusalem: et conventum facite omnes qui diligitis eam: gaudete cum lætitia, qui in tristitia fuistis: ut exsultetis, et satiemini ab uberibus consolationis vestræ.   Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast.

No matter ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Lent

Posted by Maria Franxman on 3/18/22

“Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)  

On Good Friday, we will hear once again from the Gospel of John how “immediately blood and water ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Lent

Posted by Maria Franxman on 3/10/22

“While He was praying, His face changed in appearance and His clothing became dazzling white” (Lk 9:29)

Jesus climbs the mountain and enters into prayer. There, He is transfigured. Prayer has a way of doing that. And not just if you’re the Son of God! As sons and daughters ... Read More »

1st Sunday of Lent

Posted by Maria Franxman on 3/04/22

Lent is Here! “Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil.” (Lk 4:1-2).

The Ash Cross has now been washed or rubbed off from a few days ago. We have begun our Forty Days of Lent. We hear in ... Read More »

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Maria Franxman on 2/25/22

Here Comes Lent!

Are you ready? Have you made your plans? Have you decided how will you Fast, Pray, and give Alms? Recalled what you did last year, or the years before? Thought about what went well and didn’t. What worked and what fell short. Have you written out ... Read More »

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Maria Franxman on 2/18/22

On Tuesday, February 22, we celebrate a sort of “only in the Catholic Church” type event, the Feast of the Chair of St Peter, the Apostle. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (when he was acting pope) spoke of this feast in a General Audience, saying: “‘Cathedra’ literally means the established ... Read More »

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