Browsing the 2018 archive of The Pastor's Note

Fr. Ben's Christmas Message| December 25, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/21/18

Dear Parishioners,

            On that first Christmas, the angels praised God, saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to men of good will.” The shepherds came and adored the newborn Savior. St. Luke wrote, “And Mary treasured all of these things and reflected on them ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 4th Sunday of Advent| December 23, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/21/18

The Fourth Sunday of Advent shows Elizabeth and her unborn son, John, reacting to the nearness of the unborn Christ. We know that Elizabeth immediately understood that Mary was pregnant with the Lord, because the Gospel says she was filled with the Holy Spirit. But how could the fetal ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Third Sunday of Advent| December 16, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/14/18

The Third Sunday of Advent focuses our attention on the spirit of joyfulness, because this is an essential mark of true faith in Christ. All of the readings are full of joy and the thrill of happy expectation. In the Gospel reading, John the Baptizer preaches good news to ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 2nd Sunday of Advent| December 9, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/07/18

The readings for the Second Sunday of Advent remind us that this liturgical season is a time of spiritual preparation: While we're shopping for gifts, decorating, and sending Christmas cards, what are we doing to make Christmas a new rebirth of Christ for our daily lives?

            In our ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| First Sunday of Advent| December 2, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/30/18

Today's world needs Christians who truly understand that faith gives us hope and victory in the midst of any and all difficulties.

            Taking this even further, today's world needs Catholics who truly understand that going to Mass means having faith in miracles -- especially the miraculous transformation of ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King| November 25, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/21/18

            When the question of Christ's kingship comes up in this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus redirects us to the true meaning of divine kingship. Without denying that he is the king, he says: "The reason I was born into the world is to testify to the truth." He is not ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time| November 18, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/16/18

            Do you have an unending problem? Where's Jesus? In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus speaks of his Second Coming. And here he hasn't even finished his first coming! How confusing it must have been to the disciples.

            They grew even more confused after Jesus died, was resurrected, and ascended ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 32 Sunday in Ordinary Time| November 11, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/09/18

            Following Jesus requires a tremendous amount of trust, because he often takes us to unexpected places that require new growth, difficult sacrifices, and moving beyond the boundaries of what's familiar and comfortable.

            Consider the two widows in this Sunday's first reading and the Gospel reading. How could they give ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time| November 4, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/02/18

            In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus asserted the two greatest commands of the Law. He quoted from the ancient Hebrew scriptures, which we have for today's first reading. And the second reading, from the New Testament letter to the Hebrews, explains how the Law of Love supersedes or fulfills ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time| October 28, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 10/26/18

After Jesus touches our lives -- answers a prayer, gives us a healing, provides a life-changing insight, or makes any other kind of difference -- what do we do next? Our life has been changed by divine grace. Do we make the most of this new opportunity?

God never ... Read More »