From the Pastor's Desk - Archive

March 26, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today we celebrate the final Scrutiny, the rites of continuing conversion for those catechumens and candidates who will be joining us in the profession of the Catholic faith at the Easter Vigil. This third and final moment is accompanied by the Gospel story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. It is the final miracle our Lord performs in his public ministry (the institution of the Eucharist and healing the high priest slave’s ear in the Garden of Gethsemane are miracles that occur in a less-public setting during the days of His Passion). In…read more

March 19, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This weekend, we celebrate the second Scrutiny for those catechumens and candidates preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil. These rites of continuing conversion, as I said last week, are celebrated publicly as a reminder that we, those already initiated in the mysteries of the Catholic faith, are also called to continue on the path of conversion. The Gospels read with each Scrutiny remind us of some aspect of this call. Last week, we heard about the Samaritan woman at the well. Today we reflect on the Gospel story of…read more

March 12, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On the third, fourth, and fifth Sundays of Lent, the Church celebrates the Scrutinies. These unique rites seek God’s blessing and graces for those who are to be received into the Church at the Easter Vigil. Our catechumens and candidates will participate in this rite at the 11 AM Mass these next three Sundays, and I ask you to keep them in your prayers as they draw closer to receiving the powerful graces God has in store for them in the Easter sacraments. The Gospels read at Mass for the next three weeks reflect…read more

March 5, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we begin the second week of the holy season of Lent, we might pause and notice some of the ways that the nature of the season is reflected back to us in and through the Church’s liturgy. Since Lent is a penitential season, the liturgy is meant to take on a more somber character. This is expressed in the decoration of the sanctuary, in the words spoken or not spoken, in the vestments worn, and in the music employed in the worship of God. Last week, we reflected on the experience of Jesus…read more