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Pastor's Note| Sixth Sunday of Easter| May 9, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/07/21

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit is our "Advocate". Some scholars translate the word to "Counselor". In the original Greek, it means "called alongside". It's closely related to the verb "parakaleo" ("to call" or "summon") from which we get "Paraclete" as a name ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Fifth Sunday of Easter| May 2, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/29/21

As we see in this Sunday's Gospel reading, all of us who belong to Christ are fruit-bearing branches of one vine. Jesus is the vine, and because we are all attached to him, we share the same calling: to bear good fruit. And not just any fruit that seems ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Fourth Sunday of Easter| April 25, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/23/21

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus identifies himself as the Good Shepherd. We are the sheep for whom he has laid down his life. He put everything aside for our sake -- his human desire for an easy life, the security and familiarity of a home of his own, ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Third Sunday of Easter| April 18, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/23/21

Now that we're a renewed people -- an Easter people -- the scriptures at Mass remind us of the stark difference between living a redeemed life and living in sin. The first reading for this Sunday says: "Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away." ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Second Sunday of Easter| April 11, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/23/21

"My Lord and my God!" This exclamation of Thomas in this Sunday's Gospel reading used to be our exclamation at the raising of the Eucharist during Mass. It would be good to renew this habit. It's an awe-filled, humble recognition of Christ's Lordship and of the reality of his ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Easter Sunday| April 4, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/02/21

Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord

Celebrate! Today is the anniversary of the Great Surprise, and just as the first disciples were surprised to find the tomb empty, so too does God have some resurrection surprises in mind for you!

In Easter Sunday's Gospel reading, there's a lot ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Palm Sunday| March 28, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/02/21

Passion (Palm) Sunday

For Palm Sunday, before we get caught up in the Passion of the Cross -- the hardships and sufferings and death of Jesus that he endured because of his tremendous love for us -- let's take a look at the passion of the woman who anointed ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Fifth Sunday of Lent| March 21, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/19/21

In our desire to trust God and follow Jesus wherever he leads us, it's not a sin to feel troubled about it. Yes, we do have to be willing to lose our lives (i.e., our own agendas, our own desires, our own ideas on what we should do with ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Fourth Sunday of Lent| March 14, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/12/21

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Why do we hide in darkness? Why do we prefer to conceal our sins rather than face them and go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and speak about them out loud?

It's Jesus who meets us in the confessional, appearing to us in the form ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Third Sunday of Lent| March 7, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/05/21

Third Sunday of Lent

The final paragraph of this Sunday's Gospel reading is very revealing: Jesus did not "trust" himself to the converts whose faith in him was based on the signs and wonders that he had done. The reason: He did not want anyone to testify (i.e., spread ... Read More »