From the Pastor's Desk - Archive

January 17, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   Last week, this column dealt with the subject of the sacrament of Baptism. This foundational sacrament, necessary for salvation, brings us into the life of the Church, opens us to the grace of God available in the other sacraments, washes us free of original sin, and bestows on us our true identity as sons and daughters of our heavenly Father. We saw last week how important it is to make planning and preparing for baptism (especially of children) a priority, and how the administration of baptism should not be delayed unnecessarily. An important…read more

January 10, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today’s celebration of the feast of the Baptism of our Lord brings the Christmas season to a close. On this day, the Church meditates on the ending of Jesus’ hidden life, and looks forward to the beginnings of His public ministry to the world. The Church also presents the event of Jesus’ baptism as the reason behind the Sacrament of Baptism which we received in infancy, or in some cases, as adults. In this first Christian sacrament, this gateway into the life of grace, God takes simple acts and simple elements, and uses them…read more