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Pastor's Note| First Sunday of Lent| February 21, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/19/21

This Sunday's Gospel reading shows us the first thing that Jesus did after his baptismal anointing in the Jordan River: He wrestled with temptation.

His baptism had marked the moment of his complete surrender to the Father's will. As he arose from the water, he left behind his old ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time| February 14, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/12/21

This Sunday's second reading gives us a great motto that we should post on our bedroom mirrors so that it's the first thing we see as our sleepy eyes awaken each morning: "Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God."

Everything! Brush your teeth for the glory of ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time| February 7, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/12/21

This Sunday's reading from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians describes my own ministry of writing these Good News Reflections:

If I preach the Good News, this is no reason for me to boast,because I have an obligation to do this,and woe to me if I do not ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time| January 31, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/12/21

This Sunday's Gospel reading illustrates the authority of Jesus. If we truly accept and understand his authority over our lives, we can rejoice in the Lord even when life hands us hardships. Why? Because we know that Christ's authority is supreme, which means that everything we've placed under his ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Third Sunday in Ordinary Time| January 24, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/22/21

This Sunday's Gospel reading is a call to surrender ourselves fully to God. "NOW is the time of fulfillment" - not just 2000 years ago, not at the Second Coming of Christ, but right now in your life when and where you need Jesus the most. "The kingdom of ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Second Sunday in Ordinary Time| January 17, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/15/21

Like Jesus did to Andrew, who became one of his first disciples, in this Sunday's Gospel passage, he says to you and to each of us: "What are you looking for?" When you pray, and when you look at a crucifix, or when you see a picture of Jesus, ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Feast of the Baptism of the Lord| January 10, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/08/21

Why was Jesus baptized? He wasn't in need of repentance. Why, for that matter, did Jesus do anything at all? Not just to save us from our sins by dying on the cross! There is so much more to Jesus than that. Jesus united himself to sinners. First he ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| The Epiphany of the Lord| January 3, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/08/21

Epiphany is a celebration of the adoration of magi from the East who sought and found Christ the newborn king The Greek word "magi" meant oriental scientists. Also called astrologers, their worship of Jesus does not validate astrology, which assigns power over us to stars and planets; rather, it ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph| December 27, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/08/21

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

"Joy mixed with drama marks the fifth [joyful] mystery, the finding of the twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple." Saint John Paul the Great wrote this In Rosarium Virginis Mariae, his interesting encyclical about the Rosary.

He continued: "Here he appears ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Fourth Sunday of Advent| December 20, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/18/20

This Sunday's Gospel shows us how the mission of Christ affected the Virgin Mary even before Jesus was conceived in her womb. Three decades later, Jesus would become the Savior of the world. However, that is not when his salvation plan began. Jesus is God; he has always existed. ... Read More »