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Pastor's Note| 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 8, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/05/18

Rejected, misunderstood, disbelieved

            In this Sunday's Gospel reading, we see the painful truth of what happens when we share our faith with those who knew us before we became alive in our faith. 

            Like Jesus, we are rejected, misunderstood, and disbelieved by people who don't understand why ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| July 1, 2018| 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/28/18

How to touch the hem of Jesus' garment

            Wouldn't it be great if we could actually touch and feel the hem of Jesus' clothing, like the woman in this Sunday's Gospel reading? To be near enough to Jesus to be healed spiritually, physically, and emotionally. How can we, ... Read More »

A Word #201| Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time| June 17, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/14/18

“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up ... Read More »

A Word #200| Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time| June 10, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/06/18

The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,"

and "By the prince of demons he drives out demons."


We are at war. No, I am not referring to the wars our country is experiencing in the Middle East and beyond, and we should ... Read More »

A Word #199| Corpus Christi| June 3, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/31/18

A Word #199

Corpus Christi

June 3, 2018


While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, "Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank ... Read More »

A Word #198| The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity| May 27, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/24/18

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


My homiletics professor would often remind us seminarians that “ministry is all about relationships.” No doubt that this statement is 100% correct, but ... Read More »

A Word #197| Pentecost Sunday| May 20, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/16/18

Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.


Last year in my “Word” bulletin article, I wrote about wanting to see a “New Pentecost” for our Una Familia. I would like to correct myself and say that we need instead to have a new ... Read More »

A Word #196| The Ascension of the Lord| May 13, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/10/18

So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.


One of the ... Read More »

A Word #195| Sixth Sunday of Easter| May 6, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/03/18

Then Peter proceeded to speak and said, "In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.

Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him."


Since the beginning, humanity has been entrenched in a perpetual battle of us versus them. This conflict is ... Read More »

A Word #194| Fifth Sunday of Easter| April 29, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/26/18

“Remain in me as I remain in you.”


I wouldn’t be surprised if most people have a better relationship with their phone than they do with other human beings and Jesus. Personally, I know I am guilty from time to time of giving my iPhone more attention than ... Read More »