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Heaven and All Saints' Day

Posted by Karen Pepe on 10/27/21

From pastor’s desk on the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, year B

Where is heaven? - Everywhere and nowhere.  Rather we should ask: What is heaven? Heaven is not a place but a state of being or a spiritual condition.  However, it seems that most people have a false ... Read More »

In Service to Others

Posted by Karen Pepe on 10/14/21

From pastor’s desk on the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, year B

What does it mean to govern and rule over others? – People usually think of an authoritative decision maker, who is in charge of everything while others are only his subjects fulfilling his wishes.  Unfortunately, this is ... Read More »

St. John Paul II "Veritatis Splendor"

Posted by Karen Pepe on 10/07/21

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, year B

Instead of my usual commentary on Sunday’s readings, this time I would like to invite you to follow the teaching of Saint John Paul II. The late pope in a very thorough and beautiful way explained this Sunday’s gospel passage in his ... Read More »

The Sacrament of Marriage

Posted by Karen Pepe on 9/29/21

From pastor’s desk on the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, year B

This Sunday’s two readings touch upon a very difficult topic in our modern society, namely marriage and divorce.  Today, many people completely reject the Revelation and the teaching of the Church regarding marriage and family.  Popular culture ... Read More »

How do the wars begin?

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 9/17/21

 

 

 

 

 

From pastor’s desk on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, year B

 

How do the wars begin? The historians come up with all kinds of explanation, usually attributing it to socio-economic or political situations. Yet, the Holy Scripture gives us quite different answer. ... Read More »

Why did Jesus cure only some people?

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 9/01/21

From pastor’s desk on 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, year B

 

Why did Jesus cure only some people? Why did He not heal all those that were sick and miserable? Before we try to answer these questions, let us remember that whenever our Blessed Lord performed a miracle ... Read More »

What is the key to wisdom, fulfillment, and happiness?

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 8/25/21

From pastor’s desk on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time , year B

 

What is the key to wisdom, fulfillment, and happiness? Certainly, the world will provide all sorts of answers: education, the place you live in, money, power, popularity, good and meaningful relationships, etc.. Unfortunately, as we ... Read More »

We hear that many Jews followed Jesus, for they had heard what Jesus did in Cana

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 8/18/21

From pastor’s desk on the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, year B

 

In the Gospel of John, we hear that many Jews followed Jesus, for they had heard what Jesus did in Cana—changing water into wine—and they could see another great miracle that the Teacher from Nazareth performed ... Read More »

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 8/11/21

From pastor’s desk of the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 

 

On November 1, 1950 Pope Pius XII solemnly proclaimed the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This belief in the bodily assumption of the blessed Mother was long held to ... Read More »

The fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time occurs this year on the Fourth of July, the Independence Day in the United States of America.

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 6/30/21

 

 

 

 

From pastor’s desk on the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, year B

 

The fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time occurs this year on the Fourth of July, the Independence Day in the United States of America. Myself being an immigrant, I always think what a ... Read More »