Browsing the 2017 archive of The Pastor's Note

Good News Letter| December 25, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/28/17

December 25, 2017

Christmas Day


Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord!


Dearest Friends in Christ,


Merry Christmas! ¡Feliz Navidad! I wish I could be able to say this personally to all of you as the Christian world gathers to celebrate the birth of our ... Read More »

A Word #177| Fourth Sunday of Advent| December 24, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/28/17

A Word #177

Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 24, 2017


Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."


There is no greater “yes” than the “yes” of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was her “yes” ... Read More »

A Word #176| Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)| December 17, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/14/17

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.”

Many of you have heard me at one time or another give several acronyms for the English word of Joy. For example, I have explained how the letters of joy spell out the order of ... Read More »

A Word #175| Second Sunday of Advent| December 10, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/07/17

“A voice cries out, ‘In the desert prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!’”


If you haven’t already noticed, Advent is cut real short this year. Yes, there are four Sundays of Advent but this year there are only ... Read More »

A Word #174| First Sunday of Advent| December 3, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/30/17

Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert!”


Hands down, Advent is still one my favorite liturgical seasons. Perhaps it’s those memories of when I was a child being all giddy as I waited for Christmas Day to come. There is just something about these days in ... Read More »

A Word #173| Christ the King| November 26, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/22/17

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.”


I suppose each of us can tell the difference between a good leader and a bad one. Individually, each of us can list the qualities and traits that ... Read More »

A Word #172| 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time| November 19, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/16/17

“For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”


Last Sunday, our pastoral team offered each of us an invitation. The invitation was not for a birthday party ... Read More »

A Word #171| 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time| November 12, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/09/17

“Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”


Being ready or prepared is a fact of life. There are countless situations in day to day life where it is a must to be prepared. Whether at home, school, or at work we must be ... Read More »

A Word #170| 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time| November 5, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/02/17

“The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted."


Recently I went to see the film: Victoria and Abdul. If you haven’t already seen it, I strongly encourage you to do so! The movie is based ... Read More »

A Word #169| 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time| October 29, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 10/26/17

There are many words in English that express the same meaning. For example, we can call a cup a glass or a car a vehicle. But of all the words in English, there is only one word for love. Although one would argue that charity is another word for ... Read More »