Notes from the Pastor

Notes from the Pastor

Show Us the Path of Life

Posted by Kim Gourd

My brothers and sisters,

In this weekend’s Gospel from St. Luke the story of the Road to Emmaus once again communicates such a hopeful story. In this Eucharistic Encounter these two faithful followers of Jesus didn't recognize Him along the way until the Breaking of the Bread. When their ... Read More »

Beatification of Sister Faustine by Pope John Paul II

Posted by Kim Gourd

On Sunday, April 18, Sister Faustina was beatified by Pope John Paul II in St.  Peter’s Square in Vatican City during a Mass celebrated with over 100,000 pilgrims from all over the world. During the Mass the Pope preached the homily in Italian, Spanish, Polish, and English, based on ... Read More »

Commentary by Hesychius of Jerusalem

Posted by Kim Gourd

I share with you on this day of joyous celebration a commentary by Hesychius of Jerusalem, a monk who was defender of orthodoxy and a gifted interpreter of scripture.— Father Pagano

 

Commentary by Hesychius of Jerusalem**(Easter Homily: Source chrétiennes 187, 66-69)

The teaching of scripture is that he ... Read More »

Salvation Has Come!

Posted by Kim Gourd

My brothers and sisters,

On this celebration of Palm Sunday, we hear in the readings that Jesus enters Jerusalem to cheers of “Hosana!” Coming from the Hebrew phrase “hoshiya na” from Psalm 118:25 meaning “Save, please”, it originally was a cry to God for help from His people who ... Read More »

Be Not Afraid

Posted by Kim Gourd

My brothers and sisters,

We can tell very clearly from the Scriptures that Holy Mother Church administers to us this weekend the very underlined authority that Christ has over the grave. In these times where our mortality and frailty are under a microscope, we can become overwhelmed by the ... Read More »

Live as Children of Light

Posted by Kim Gourd

My brothers and sisters,

Living in such a turbulent time of ups and downs and unknowns, we can ever draw upon the source of our security and assurance in the steadfast love of God provided to us in His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Peering into the unknown, at ... Read More »

Is the Lord in our midst, or not?

Posted by Kim Gourd

My brothers and sisters,

This weekend we consider the depth of the experience every human person is subject to throughout time, namely, the experience of thirst. Yes, each of us have experienced the physiological need of thirst that our bodies present to us each and every day. Yet the ... Read More »

Jesus overcomes temptation

Posted by Kim Gourd

My brothers and sisters,

This is the first Sunday of Lent and immediately we are in the desert with Jesus beginning these 40 days of observance. It’s interesting that Holy Mother Church would select both the readings from Genesis in the creation of man and the Gospel of Matthew ... Read More »

"Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy"

Posted by Kim Gourd

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

My dear brothers and sisters, 

In the book of Leviticus this weekend the Lord says to Moses, “Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.” If the Lord is calling us to be holy as He is holy, He will provide for ... Read More »

Which Do You Choose?

Posted by Kim Gourd

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the 1999 sci-fi box office hit, The Matrix, the protagonist “Neo” played by Keanu Reeves was presented two pills by Morpheus, a wise, sage-like figure. The blue pill represented going back to a way of life where one’s sensibilities were numbed from the ... Read More »