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Pastor's Note| Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time| February 9, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/07/20

This Sunday, Jesus tells us: "You are the salt of the earth." What does it mean to be salt? Think about what salt does. It adds flavor to foods that lack sufficient taste.

            Jesus also raises the point that if we lose our flavor, how can it be ... Read More »

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 »

Pastor's Note| Fourth Sunday of Advent| December 22, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/20/19

Love is the theme of the Fourth Sunday of Advent. A good definition of love is in the name that we see in the first reading and again when the prophecy is fulfilled in the Gospel reading: Emmanuel, which means "God is with us." To have love is to ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Third Sunday of Advent| December 15, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/13/19

Joy is the theme of the Third Sunday of Advent. As it says in the first reading, "Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication to rescue you!" This is the reason for our joy. We have been ransomed from sin and its destruction; Jesus ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Second Sunday of Advent| December 8, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/13/19

Peace is the theme of the Second Sunday of Advent. The first reading describes Christ the Messiah, who came from the line of Jesse, the father of King David. It also describes how to obtain peace -- a peace that sustains us even in the midst of troubles: "The ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| First Sunday of Advent| December 1, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/03/19

Hope is the theme of the First Sunday of Advent. In the readings for Mass, Isaiah describes a future in which all is well because (1) God is recognized as the highest authority and (2) obeying him is the people's highest priority.

            This vision gave great hope to ... Read More »