Pastor Notes

December 2017

Dec 29

December 31, 2017

Friends, Happy New Year! We wish all of our parishioners, neighbors, and friends the best as we all begin a new year together. I remember when I was at Sacred Heart in Roslindale (1984-1990). I sent a note to a teenager congratulating him on an accomplishment. It was at the end of 1985, so I wrote at the conclusion of the letter, “May...
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Dec 22

December 24, 2017

Friends, Merry Christmas! This is truly meant to be a great time of year when we are able to look beyond the everyday problems that surround us and focus on the hope and possibilities brought about by the birth of Christ. Christmas Day gives new meaning to what it is to be human.  Jesus surely experienced humanity and challenges us to...
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Dec 15

December 17, 2017

Friends, So the question is: why are there so many Catholics that do not choose to come to church on a regular basis (weekly)? I’m sure the best way to answer this question is to ask each of them what it is that has lead them to this decision. I don’t believe this is unique to the Catholic Church; I believe organized religion is not...
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Dec 8

December 10, 2017

Friends, Sometimes we talk about what a scandal it is that there is so much dissension within Christianity itself and oftentimes even more animosity toward other religions. And yet every religion claims to live by some version of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” One of the greatest attractions to Catholicism for...
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Dec 1

December 3, 2017

Friends, Lee Atwater, a Republican mastermind who helped elect Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush was mortally ill with brain cancer when he was not yet 40 years old. He wrote these words which appeared in Life magazine:  “Long before I was struck with cancer, I felt something stirring in American society. It was a sense among the...
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