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Pastor's Desk August 27, 2017

Posted by Ms Kathy Pfeifer on 8/24/17

Have you ever lost your keys?… Keys are important to us. They unlock doors, and let people inside. In today’s Gospel, Jesus entrusts to Peter the “keys to the kingdom of heaven.” These keys are now entrusted to the Church. They unlock the power of forgiveness, healing, and love. ... Read More »

Pastor's Desk August 20, 2017

Posted by Ms Kathy Pfeifer on 8/18/17

All of our readings today… deal with a similar focus: those people who are “outside our circle” in some way. Isaiah talks about foreigners, Paul speaks of Gentiles, and Jesus deals with a Canaanite woman. We’re called to treat others with respect and love, even those who are different ... Read More »

Pastor's Desk August 13, 2017

Posted by Ms Kathy Pfeifer on 8/11/17

Although God is powerful… God is also gentle. We see this in today’s scriptures. In the first reading, Elijah looks for God, and found him not in the wind, earthquake, or fire, but in a tiny whispering sound. In the Gospel, the gentle, calming, reassuring presence of Jesus is ... Read More »

Pastor's Desk August 6, 2017

Posted by Ms Kathy Pfeifer on 8/04/17

Whenever August 6 … occurs on a Sunday, the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord replaces the usual “Sunday in Ordinary Time.” The story of the Transfiguration is present in all three “Synoptic Gospels” of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. This leads us to believe that the story was ... Read More »

Pastor's Desk July 30, 2017

Posted by Ms Kathy Pfeifer on 7/28/17

More Gospel parables… The parables of Matthew’s Gospel continue today with Jesus comparing the reign of God to a buried treasure and to a merchant’s search for fine pearls. God’s kingdom and presence are priceless gifts. Let’s value our faith more than anything else we have!  Confirmation date… We ... Read More »

Pastor's Desk July 23, 2017

Posted by Ms Kathy Pfeifer on 7/21/17

More seeds and sowing… In last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus told us the parable of the sower and the seed. These images continue today, but with a new twist. A man sowed good seed on good soil. In the dead of night, an enemy came and sowed weeds in this ... Read More »

Pastor's Desk July 16, 2017

Posted by Ms Kathy Pfeifer on 7/14/17

Do you have a “green thumb”?… We use the phrase “green thumb” to describe people who have success in the garden. It takes good planning as well as cultivation for seeds to sprout into plants. Both our first reading and Gospel today use horticultural images to describe the word ... Read More »

Pastor's Desk July 9, 2017

Posted by Ms Kathy Pfeifer on 7/07/17

In today’s Gospel… Jesus reminds us how important it is for us to rest from our labors. But the “rest” that Jesus promises is much more than just some time off from work, or our attendance at a picnic (as nice as that can be!) To “rest in the ... Read More »

Pastor's Desk July 2, 2017

Posted by Ms Kathy Pfeifer on 6/29/17

The connection… between today’s first reading and Gospel is the virtue of hospitality. In the first reading, the prophet Elisha is welcomed by a woman and her husband. Because of their kindness, Elisha promises that God will reward them. In the Gospel, Jesus says “Whoever receives you receives me… ... Read More »

Pastor's Desk June 25, 2017

Posted by Ms Kathy Pfeifer on 6/23/17

Fear… is something that affects all of us. Little children can be afraid of the dark. Teens can fear whether or not their peers will accept them. Adults can be afraid of many things, including what the future might bring. In our first reading, Jeremiah fears that even his ... Read More »