Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner

They Want to Become Catholics!

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 1/16/20

We have heard it said that it takes a village to raise a child. Similarly, it takes a parish to welcome new Catholics. For the first time in recent memory at least Holy Redeemer is conducting the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, commonly known by the acronym (RCIA). ... Read More »

What is Baptism Anyway?

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 1/06/20

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord. When John the Baptist was preaching in the desert and baptizing in the Jordan, it was part of his ministry to call people to repentance. Jesus came to John and asked for baptism. John realized that Jesus ... Read More »

How Long is the Sermon?

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 12/26/19

The length of the sermon or as we Catholics say the homily is the first criteria on some people’s minds when they come to church. A recent Pew Research Center study of 49,719 sermons delivered in 6,431 churches during April and May of 2019, found that the median sermon ... Read More »

From the Pastor

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 12/19/19

Jesus always encouraged his disciples to take the gospel and proclaim it to the four corners of the world. We do that by discussing our faith with others and also by the witness we give by our actions. Over the next few months we will writing about some parishioners ... Read More »

Living My Cursillo

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 12/10/19

Today we have a guest column from a parishioner Lenore Dudik Jones about her experience at her recent Cursillo. 

Living My Cursillo

The notice to “Consider a Cursillo” in our October 7th bulletin piqued my interest. I had learned about Cursillo from a Bible Study class member in my ... Read More »

Advent and a New Liturgical Year Begin

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 11/13/19

Next week as the Advent Season begins, so does a new liturgical year. Besides the priest and deacon wearing purple vestments, you will notice some other changes. Most significant is the change in the gospel passages at Mass. They will now come from the Gospel according to Matthew. As ... Read More »

Another Good Sign for the Parish

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 11/13/19

Last week I reported on some signs of new growth in parish life. This week I’d like to report on another one. The parish has been approached by three people who would like to join the Catholic Church here at Holy Redeemer. That is an exciting sign of improving ... Read More »

Something Good is Happening Here

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 11/04/19

A priest friend of mine says about mail from parishioners. Cards are good, letters are bad. When a card comes in the mail addressed to a priest, he can count on it, usually being an expression of thanks or encouragement. But when he gets a long white business-sized envelope ... Read More »

Amazon Synod Wraps Up

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 10/29/19

The most recent Vatican synod on issues facing the Church in the Amazon region ended last Sunday. Synods like the one just completed are an outgrowth of the reforms of Vatican II. They have been convened in recent decades as an opportunity to address a particular area of ministerial ... Read More »

The Power of Prayer

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 10/29/19

St. John Vianney once asked one of his French peasant parishioners’ what his prayer life was like. The man responded, “I look at Him, and he looks at me.” The more we understand prayer, the more we recognize how wise that comment is. This week I read a commentary ... Read More »


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