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Pastor's Note| 6th Sunday of Easter| May 26, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/24/19

As this Sunday's Gospel reading points out, to love Jesus means to live by his commandments and teachings. In our hearts, we do want to do this. We want to honor Christ by imitating him. We want to love like Jesus loves. We know that God dwells in us ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 5th Sunday of Easter| May 19, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/17/19

If you knew you were about to die, what wisdom would you impart to your loved ones in your final moments? What's most important for them to learn from you?

            In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus knows that his time is short. The first thing he says to ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 4th Sunday of Easter| May 12, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/10/19

This Sunday's Gospel reading is short and to the point: Jesus, our Good Shepherd, is the only one we follow, the only one we can trust blindly.

            Others who have authority in our lives might be good shepherds, but none of them are to be followed blindly, not ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 3rd Sunday of Easter| May 5, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/03/19

Whenever I read this Sunday's Gospel story, I have to wonder, how did Jesus catch the fish he was barbecuing when the disciples came ashore? Did he have a net, too? Did he buy it in town with the bread? If so, didn't anyone recognize him? Or maybe the ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 2nd Sunday of Easter-Divine Mercy Sunday| April 28, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/26/19

This Sunday's Gospel reading sets the stage for Pentecost. Prior to giving us the full gift of his Spirit, Jesus provides the gift of peace, the gift of his heart. A supernatural gift, it penetrates deep into our own hearts. It is the calming presence of Christ when we ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Easter Sunday, The Ressurection of the Lord| April 21, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/18/19

Alleluia! Celebrate the healing and increased faith that comes from growing closer to Jesus through the faith-building exercises of Lent and the solemn meditations of Holy Week!

          The doorway into heaven is the cross. Experiencing the glory of the celebration of Easter -- deep within our hearts, within ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion| April 14, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/12/19

Palm Sunday begins the highest holy week of the liturgical year. Will it also begin in your life a high holy experience of uniting yourself to Jesus and to his awesome love?

There's a key phrase in the reading that we hear at the beginning of this Mass, during ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 5th Sunday of Lent| April 7, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/12/19

This Sunday's Gospel reading shows us a good example of how to treat someone who is, as Jesus says elsewhere in scripture (Matthew 25) "the least of these." The recipient of Christ's compassion in this story was considered to be unworthy of life itself. She was first of all ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 4th Sunday of Lent| March 31, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/29/19

Who is worthy to receive the love and unconditional forgiveness of God? During every Mass, we pray, "Lord, I am not worthy... but say the Word and my soul shall be healed." Jesus illustrates in this Sunday's Gospel reading that we are all worthy, but not because of what ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 2nd Sunday of Lent| March 17, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/22/19

          In this Sunday's Gospel reading, we see Jesus reveal the uncreated light of his true identity and we hear the Father say, "This is my chosen Son; listen to him."

          We experience Christ's deepest identity every time we listen to him and allow the Holy Spirit to enlighten ... Read More »