This Week Letter – October 27, 2019

From the Pastor’s Desk…   In Vienna in Austria, there is a Church in which the former ruling family in Austria, the Hapsburgs, are buried. When royal funerals used to arrive at the Church, the mourners knocked at the door of the Church to be allowed in. A priest inside would ask “Who is it.. read more →

This Week Letter – October 20, 2019

From the Pastor’s Desk   Today the entire Church celebrates World Mission Sunday.  St. Paul in his letter to Timothy reminds us of our Christian duty in these words:  “Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed, because you know from whom you have learned it…proclaim the word…encourage through all patience.”  Today’s Gospel is.. read more →

This Week Letter – October 13, 2019

From the Pastor’s Desk   A certain clergyman was celebrating a field mass and during his homily he told the congregation that they must always thank God even if they do not receive what they are expecting. After the homily, the clergyman gave the altar server his hat to take up the collection.  Unfortunately, the.. read more →

This Week Letter – October 6, 2019

From the Pastor’s Desk   News spread among the passengers that the ship got hooked on a coral reef and was sinking.  The terrified passengers hurriedly began to put on their life jackets, except for one young boy who sat calmly observing the waves.  On seeing this, one of the passengers asked the boy if.. read more →

This Week Letter – September 28, 2019

From the Pastor’s Desk   I think we all ought to take the advice that St. Peter gives to Timothy in today’s second reading: “…pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.  Lay hold of eternal life.”  St. Peter often compared life to competitions in sports and at the end.. read more →

This Week Letter – September 22, 2019

From the Pastor’s Desk   Today’s readings from the Mass are a call to fidelity to God and a warning not to lose that fidelity in these words:  “You cannot serve both God and mammon.”  Many different people and concerns are vying for first place in our lives.  We cannot give them that first place,.. read more →

This Week Letter – September 15, 2019

From the Pastor’s Desk Last Sunday, we heard what Christ expected of His disciples, among whom we count ourselves by reason of our reception of the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.  Today’s readings remind us that Christ’s gift to us is His Church through which He continues His mission of forgiveness and reconciliation. No doubt,.. read more →

This Week Letter – September 8, 2019

From the Pastor’s Desk   Today’s Gospel establishes the status of a Disciple of Christ.  It tells us that by choosing Jesus in our lives, He becomes our greatest treasure, closer to us even than our own family. To be a Disciple of Christ means that we place Him first in our lives and, like.. read more →

This Week Letter – September 1, 2019

From the Pastor’s Desk   During a flight from Johannesburg, an elegant lady who was aboard the aircraft called the flight attendant and complained loudly in front of all the other passengers that she did not like the poor man occupying the seat next to her.  The attendant replied that the plane was filled and.. read more →

This Week Letter – August 25, 2019

From the Pastor’s Desk   In today’s Gospel, in response to the question “Who will be saved?”, Jesus answers, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate.”  The narrow gate is the consistent practice of our Faith throughout our lives according to the Ten Commandments and particularly the Commands to love God and neighbor.   The.. read more →