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group conversation around the book: “Growing an Engaged Congregation”.

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 11/15/17

Pastor’s Letter- Nov 18, 2017

This past week we had our first small group conversation around the book: “Growing an Engaged Congregation”. There were a few things that struck us. That building the spiritual identity and connection of members come first. That programs and forms without a relationship with ... Read More »

Be ready when He should appear, keep your lamps burning.”

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 11/08/17

Pastor’s letter Nov 11

Be ready when He should appear, keep your lamps burning.”  At the end of every baptism for each newly baptized, a candle is lit from the Paschal Candle. It is a wonderful symbol. The Paschal candle is blessed and lit at the Easter Vigil and ... Read More »

“Growing an Engaged Church”.

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 11/01/17

             The numbers on religious affiliation in the United States have been coming in regularly. One of the trends is that fewer and fewer people identify with a particular denomination (Catholic, Methodist, etc.) Among Catholics the total numbers have not declined as precipitately as the Mainline Protestant Churches, and ... Read More »

All Saints and All Souls Day

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 10/27/17

Pastor’s letter Oct 28, 2017

This coming week we have the two great celebrations of All Saints and All Souls Day. In the larger society there is the celebration of Halloween which is for two groups of people: those who love candy and thin others should pay for it ... Read More »

Confirmation is a weird sort of thing.

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 10/11/17

Pastor’s Letter- October 15, 2017

This weekend we had our confirmations for teens. Confirmation is a weird sort of thing. It is about the gift of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of a life more fully alive as a Catholic Christian. It is also the end of the ... Read More »

Today’s readings focus in on the image of the vineyard of the Lord.

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 10/04/17

 

 

                 Today’s readings focus in on the image of the vineyard of the Lord. The image is such a strong one that it develops over time. The Psalm for today, Psalm 80,is an earlier presentation. A tender vine is brought out of Egypt and it is planted ... Read More »

September 23rd is the feast day of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina.

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 9/20/17

Pastor’s Letter Sept 24th, 2017

September 23rd is the feast day of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina.  He was born in 1887 and died in 1967. For some of us that is right in the middle of our life time. His life is filled with all sorts of amazing ... Read More »

DACA

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 9/13/17

There is a great deal in the news and even more commentary about the DACA – Differed Action Childhood Arrivals- program. The President has said he will not renew it and it will lapse if Congress won’t act by March 2018.

What is DACA- it is a program for ... Read More »

Forgiveness

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 9/13/17

 

             The readings today are all about forgiveness. Like the Frankenstein monster in the Bride of Frankenstein: “Forgiveness good”. ( HE said it about bread, wine and cigar- smoke-but he was thinking about forgiveness.)

We have to forgive because not to forgive is to be chained to the ... Read More »

Seduction. It is an evocative word. It grabs our attention - it titillates.

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 8/29/17

 

Seduction. It is an evocative word. It grabs our attention - it titillates. Our desires overcome our thinking and our willpower. We think of Noir Movies with slinky ladies. We think of advertisements for decadent chocolate, elegant spa treatments, high-end clothing, and luxury cars. All sorts of thing ... Read More »

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