Browsing the April 2021 archive of The Pastor's Note

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 »