Browsing the January 2020 archive of The Pastor's Note

Pastor's Note| Feast of the Presentation of the Lord| February 2, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/31/20

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, recalling the consecration of the baby Jesus by Joseph and Mary. Because the infant was consecrated to God, his whole life and even his death were consecrated to God -- for our sake.

            Have you consecrated ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Third Sunday in Ordinary Time| January 26, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/24/20

Who's troubling you? In this Sunday's Gospel passage, we hear of the fulfillment of the prophecy given by Isaiah in the first reading: Because of Jesus Christ, the people you know who are living in darkness have seen the light that will heal them. Who is making no effort ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time| January 19, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/17/20

In every Mass, we hear the presiding priest say the words of John the Baptist that are quoted in this Sunday's Gospel message: "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." To which we reply: "Lord, I am not worthy... but say the word ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| The Baptism of the Lord| January 12, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/10/20

Today we celebrate the "initiation rite" that launched Jesus' public ministry. We, too, have experienced this same Baptism: Our first Sacrament of Initiation immersed us into the life of Christ. The other two Initiation Sacraments -- Confirmation and Communion -- confirm this holy life and empower us to live ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| The Epiphany of the Lord| January 5, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/03/20

The Season of Christmas includes the celebration of the arrival of the magi from the East. Let's consider the humble adoration of the magi for the Christ child. The magi were Gentiles, and the Greek word "magi" meant oriental scientists. Despite sometimes being translated as "astrologers", their visit to ... Read More »