Sunday Reflections

Don't Be Afraid: 5th Sunday of Lent C

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Father Jim Valk

March 13, 2013

A mother asked her little son to go out to the veranda and get a broom for her. His answer was that it was too dark and he was afraid to go outside. Mom told him not to be afraid, “God is out there”, nothing will happen to you.. The boy went to the door and shouted out- “God are you really there? If you are, please hand me the broom!”




Live as Children of the Light: 4th Sunday of Lent

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Father Ernie Varosi

March 3, 2013

Coming-to-faith is an important theme in these final weeks of Lent because not only are we preparing to celebrate the great feast of Easter but it is the time of final determination of those who are preparing to be baptized and/or received into the community of believers at the Easter Vigil.




The Power to listen and be transformed: 2nd Sunday of Lent

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Father Paul Voisin

February 19, 2013

Jesus was transfigured before the disciples. He was manifested himself as the Son of God. Rather, the Father himself has declared him to be his Son! The words of the Father, so reminiscent of the Baptism of the Lord in the River Jordan, are, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” Such a simple message, but such a great challenge. How difficult it is for us to truly ‘listen’ to Jesus. We ‘hear’ his message, but do we truly ‘listen’?




Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent

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Father Toby Collins

February 14, 2013

A few years back I found myself in a barber's chair near the Resurrectionist Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Casually filling the silence, the barber and I swapped stories about our vocations. He admired my pursuit of the vocation to Religious Life and the Priesthood, and I was just as edified by his story of being happily married for 25 years. I couldn't help but ask what his secret to a lasting relationship was. His answer was immediate: “She puts up with me”




The Revelation of Jesus continues through us: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Father Paul Voisin

January 22, 2013

The people of Israel, believing in the prophets of God, awaited the coming of the Messiah, the Anointed One. Now he was among them, although not revealed fully. Then, in his hometown, he read the well-known prophecy of the Prophet Isaiah. I am sure that these words had been proclaimed often in the synagogue, but today was different, today was unique.




Directions to live by - 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Father Jim Valk

January 14, 2013

A young boy was asked by his Dad to clear a field of rocks so it could be planted. After a few hours Dad went to see how his son was doing. Everything seemed to be topnotch. But there was one big rock still sitting there. When Dad asked his son why it wasn't moved the boy told him he had tried everything to move it without success. Everything? Yes, answered the boy. No, said the Dad, you didn't try everything, you didn't ask for my help. The two of them moved the rock together.




When the Light has Dawned: Epiphany of the Lord

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Father Jim Donohue

January 1, 2013

The Greek word from which we derive the word “epiphany” means manifestation or striking appearance. The feast of the Epiphany of the Lord celebrates the manifestation or appearance of God as a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. The gospel highlights how the magi from the east were drawn by the manifestation of God's light, dwelling in He who is the Light of the World.




LOVE CAME DOWN- TOOK A RIDE: Christmas Day

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Father Jim Valk

December 25, 2012

The Pastor was very pleased with the crib scene on the lawn in front of the Church. However, when he went out Christmas morning he was in a quandry- where had the child Jesus got to? He looked all over, behind the bushes, under the porch- no Jesus. No one had seen him nor could anyone imagine where it was. As the Pastor walked slowly back to the Church he saw a little fellow coming down the walk, with what must have been his Christmas present- a little red wagon. As the priest approached the little fellow he noticed that the child Jesus was in the wagon.




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