Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner

Commemorating the Winter Ember Days

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 12/03/18

In September I shared with parishioners my intention to observe the seasonal Ember Days as my own personal time of fasting and prayer in reparation for the clergy sexual abuse scandal. Ember Days are an ancient Christian practice of marking the change of each of the seasons with three ... Read More »

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 11/12/18

Like myself today the Jewish priests and scribes of Jesus’ day wore distinct liturgical vestments when they were leading worship in the Temple. These vestments were long and flowing and were meant to be worn in the Temple during times of prayer. They were not meant to be normal ... Read More »

What will be your New Year’s Resolution

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 11/09/18

Last week I wrote about a short book I recently read as spiritual reading. The book is called, The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity written by Matthew Kelly the founder of Dynamic Catholic. In the book Kelly says that the biggest lie in Christianity is that holiness ... Read More »

The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 11/09/18

As my spiritual reading during my morning holy hour I recently read a little book by Matthew Kelly entitled, The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity. Matthew Kelly is a business man and consultant who founded Dynamic Catholic. Dynamic Catholic is Matthew’s personal response to the Church’s call ... Read More »

Critical Bishops’ Meeting This Week

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 11/05/18

This Monday through Wednesday the United States Bishop’s Conference will be convening their annual fall meeting. This week’s meeting is especially important because the conference will be addressing the clergy sexual abuse crisis especially as it pertains to bishop accountability.

One of the proposals to be considered by the ... Read More »

31st Sunday of Ordinary Time, Sunday November 4th

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 11/04/18

The Holy Land where Jesus lived was full of strife and partisanship. There was constant political and religious conflict and even violence. Much of that contention was caused by the fact that it was occupied by the Romans. The differences between Roman paganism and Jewish monotheism was a serious ... Read More »

Thanks for Their Generosity

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 10/30/18

Recently, the parish was the recipient of the generosity of two parishioners. One happened a couple of weeks ago. I was greeting parishioners at the door of the church as I normally do. A man I didn’t recognize came up to me and said, “Father, have you ever thought ... Read More »

Youth Synod Completes Its Work

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 10/23/18

    Today Pope Francis will conclude the month-long Synod of Bishops on the topic of Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment. This has been Pope Francis’ third synod since he became pope. The last one was in 2015. The synod began on October 3, 2018.   Last weekend ... Read More »

Accountability, Accountability, Accountability

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 10/16/18

The Catholic lay organization Voice of the Faithful was founded back in 2002, at the beginning of the clergy sexual abuse scandal. Over the last few years this organization has published a rating of all the Catholic diocese of the United States according to ten different factors with regard ... Read More »

Light a Light, Be A Light

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 10/04/18

Lighting a votive candle for our prayer intention is a time-honored Catholic tradition. It is something many people do as a remembrance for a deceased loved one. As the candle continues to burn in church it is a sign of our prayer continuing to be offered to God even ... Read More »


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