Notes from the Pastor

Notes from the Pastor

“Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in His ways”

Posted by Kim Gourd on 12/22/19

My brothers and sisters,

As we draw close to a new year there are a lot of unknowns: what will 2020 bring; who will I meet; will things change for better or worse; is something new and exciting about to happen in my life? These questions and so many ... Read More »

Emmanuel, God-with-us

Posted by Kim Gourd on 12/22/19

Here is a reflection from the great historian and Doctor of the Church Venerable Bede of Northumbria for this week’s Gospel, enjoy! 

 

Matthew the evangelist gives us an account of the way in which the eternal Son of God, begotten before the world began, appeared in time as ... Read More »

Rejoice!

Posted by Kim Gourd on 12/22/19

My brothers and sisters,

This weekend we celebrate Gaudete Sunday meaning, this Sunday we must rejoice! It is important to realize that the season of Advent historically originated as a fast of 40 days in preparation for Christmas. By tradition this period of fasting began on the Feast of ... Read More »

"Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand"

Posted by Kim Gourd on 12/22/19

My brothers and sisters,

John the Baptist this weekend speaks boldly into each one of our lives and he says, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” He continues to be that “voice of one crying out in the desert, Prepare the way of the Lord; make ... Read More »

Advent: A Season of Anticipation

Posted by Kim Gourd on 12/22/19

My brothers and sisters,

As Advent begins, we must realize first and foremost that we are called to a season of anticipation. What is this anticipation you may wonder; perhaps anticipating spending too much on Christmas gifts and celebrating the festivities to come that are most perfectly articulated as ... Read More »

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Posted by Kim Gourd on 12/22/19

“Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat!”

“Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands!”

My brothers and sisters,

This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, also known as the Feast of Christ the King. This solemnity was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI for the Roman Catholic Church being moved ... Read More »

"The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice"

Posted by Kim Gourd on 12/22/19

My brothers and sisters,

In the Scriptures this weekend it is very clear that we have transitioned into a period of time in the church where we reflect on the end times. The Apocalyptic readings we are given today we must seriously; take into consideration what the book of ... Read More »

The God of Abraham

Posted by Kim Gourd on 12/22/19

My brothers and sisters,

The most recently canonized St. John Henry Newman offers us a reflection on the scriptures this weekend that is both valuable and insightful and I hope you enjoy from his Parochial and Plain Sermons, Volume 1, pages 271-273. Our Blessed Lord seems to tell us, ... Read More »

All Souls Day

Posted by Kim Gourd on 12/22/19

My brothers and sisters,

In this weekend’s first reading from the book of Wisdom, we hear that the Lord is a “lover of souls, [and that His] imperishable spirit is in all things! Therefore, [God] rebukes offenders little by little, warns them and reminds them of their sins [that] ... Read More »

"Oh God, be merciful to me, a sinner"

Posted by Kim Gourd on 10/29/19

My brothers and sisters,

In the book of Sirach chapter 35 this weekend we hear that God “hears the cry of the oppressed.” There are various types of oppression that we can experience first-hand in life, i.e. the oppression of injustice and human sinfulness. Whether it is the injustice ... Read More »

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