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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 »

Pastor's Note| Third Sunday of Advent| December 13, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/11/20

This Sunday's Gospel reading tells us that John the Baptist came to "testify to the light." What does this mean? We know that Jesus is the Light of Truth that shines in the darkness to draw us to eternal life. And we know that his Spirit enlightens us in ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Second Sunday of Advent| December 6, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/04/20

Today's readings tell us to prepare for the Lord - for whatever he wants to give us, do for us, and ask of us. He has a plan for our lives; he has a divine purpose that will bring us to our full potential as children of our loving ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| First Sunday of Advent| November 29, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/04/20

First Sunday of Advent

Today we begin the Season of Advent. This year, as we prepare for Christmas, think about how you like to show your fondness for the special people in your life by choosing gifts that will be meaningful to them. And yet, assuming that you can ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Jesus Christ, King of the Universe| November 22, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/20/20

Jesus Christ King of the Universe

We don't usually think of shepherds as kings, but the scriptures this Sunday describe the kingly powers of Jesus as our Good Shepherd. A good king cares for his subjects the way a shepherd cares for his sheep.

Kings increase the size of ... Read More »