Notes from the Pastor

Notes from the Pastor

"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 »

The Power of Persistance

Posted by Kim Gourd on 10/29/19

My brothers and sisters,

Throughout the readings this weekend God shows us the power of persistence. In Exodus we hear the story of Joshua defeating Amalek with the help of God working through Moses whose exhausted arms are held aloft by Aaron and Hur. It is faith in God ... Read More »

God's Great Mercy and Healing

Posted by Kim Gourd on 10/16/19

My brothers and sisters,

 Throughout the entire Bible we hear about God working through the instruments of his prophets and ministers to heal leprosy. Leprosy is a highly contagious disease that affects the skin and nerves and manifests in all sorts of deformities, and it is very rare in ... Read More »

The Vision Will Not Disappoint

Posted by Kim Gourd on 10/16/19

My brothers and sisters,

Our world today consists of many hardships, tragedies and challenges. As the prophet Habakkuk tells us, we may ask God, “…why must I look at misery?” God responds that “…the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint. (HAB 2:3)” ... Read More »

Faith in Action

Posted by Kim Gourd on 9/29/19

My brothers and sisters,

Our world today consists of many hardships, tragedies and challenges. As the prophet Habakkuk tells us, we may ask God, “…why must I look at misery?” God responds that “…the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint. (HAB 2:3)” ... Read More »

"Praise the Lord who lifts up the poor"

Posted by Kim Gourd on 9/23/19

My brothers and sisters,

Saint Teresa of Calcutta explained that “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” It is very evident that Mother Teresa has encountered not only ... Read More »

"I will rise and go to my father"

Posted by Kim Gourd on 9/20/19

My brothers and sisters,

In this weekend’s readings we hear about God’s infinite love for all of us. Despite being sinners and repeatedly falling short of the perfection God desires, He never abandons us, even when we purposely turn away from Him. In the first reading Moses pleads the ... Read More »

"In every age, the Lord has been our refuge"

Posted by Kim Gourd on 9/20/19

My brothers and sisters,

The first reading this Sunday from the book of Wisdom asks, “Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the LORD intends?” Indeed. In today’s world many of us want so much to be in control – of our lives, of our children’s ... Read More »

This is your home, this is our home, and this is our church

Posted by Kim Gourd on 9/20/19

My brothers and sisters,

I am so blessed to be a part of your St John Paul II parish community. As many of you know, I have a special affinity towards St John Paul II and have been inspired by his life and works for years. We are privileged ... Read More »

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