From the Pastor's Desk - Archive

May 19, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we close the spring celebrations of the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation, I have been deeply moved by the devotion and reverence of our young people, especially those children who received the Eucharist for the first time. Before each First Communion Mass, I spoke with the children who, naturally, shared a mix of feelings: excitement, nervousness, curiosity, and more. Watching the care with which they received Holy Communion was a real blessing and a reminder to me, personally, of the gift of the Eucharist in our lives. Do you remember the…read more

May 12, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I’d like to share another lesson called to mind by a recent exchange with a child in our parish. In the course of giving a tour of the church to our First Communion students, I asked if any had visited other Catholic churches in the area. One girl was excited to say that she had been to St. Thomas Aquinas. I asked her what was different between the two church buildings. “They have a big painting of Jesus on the wall,” she said, referring to the mosaic of the Sacred Heart in the sanctuary…read more

May 5, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I’d like to use this space for the next few weeks to share with you some valuable lessons I have learned in recent days, particularly, lessons I have learned from children in the parish. The first concerns language and the capacity human beings have to learn. On Easter, I was approached at the door of the church by a six-year-old boy who showed me a booklet he had about the Mass. He said, “Fr. Sam, this book is old school. The Gloria is the old translation, so that’s how I know it’s old. The…read more

April 28, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we celebrate the conclusion of the Octave of Easter with Divine Mercy Sunday, we are reminded that the Resurrection is profoundly a mystery of God’s mercy. I hope that you will join us at 3 PM to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy here in the church. This chaplet was given to St. Faustina Kowalska and has become a very popular devotion all over the world. I’d like to use my remaining space to give some further insight and context to the beautiful liturgies of the Triduum and Easter Sunday.  As you know,…read more

April 21, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Alleluia! He is risen! Truly He is risen, Alleluia! Recently, as he left the church, a young man said to me “Have an amazing Easter, Father!” I don’t think there is any other kind of Easter! The joy of Easter and the triumph of Jesus Christ over our sin and death is a joy that transcends space and time. The Resurrection is not an event limited to the past, but rather an event, the repercussions of which continue to be felt today. Because Christ is truly risen from the tomb, we have the hope…read more