September 25, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK Dear Parishioners, There are many things we could discuss about this long and difficult parable about the rich man and Lazarus. But today I would like to focus on its stark Read More

September 18, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK Dear Parishioners, Today's gospel is a series of sayings of Jesus that pull in different directions. So rather than trying to harmonize them, I would like to focus on just one: Read More

September 11, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK Dear Parishioners, I heard this story long ago and feel it should be shared with you. It always brings a smile to my face. I hope it does for you as Read More

September 4, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners, "Don't let the sun go down on your anger" is something I first heard watching "Little House on the Prairie" TV series. Little did I know at the Read More

August 28, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK Dear Parishioners, Cats are not known for their humility. In fact, thousands of years ago cats were worshipped as gods. Apparently, they have not forgotten this! The life of a cat Read More

August 21, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK There are two images in today's gospel, and neither one of them is particularly encouraging. First there is the image of the narrow gate. Jesus says that to enter the kingdom Read More

August 14, 2022

FROM FATHER NICO Dear Friends, How providential I am writing to you for the first time this weekend, the second anniversary of my wonderful time with all of you. I officially started at Saint Philip Read More

August 7, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Today's gospelseems harsh and demanding. We are said to be servants waiting the return of our master. Of course, the master is Christ who will return at the Read More

July 31, 2022

THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, Read More

July 24, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: A woman was running very late for an important meeting with her lawyer. When she arrived at the office building, even though the lot was large, she could Read More

July 17, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Giving and receiving is the interplay of life. If we are to live a full life, we must be able to give of ourselves, of our time, of Read More

July 10, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Every once in a while, it is valuable to take a parable and turn it upside down. This is particularly true of today's parable of the Good Samaritan, Read More

July 3, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: I'm sure you will have had the students and families of Robb Elementary School on your hearts and for the past several weeks, as have I. To hear Read More

June 26, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Thank you to all who help make our parish carnival a success! It was a wonderful three days of food, family, and fun! It was so nice to Read More

June 19, 2022

THE MOST HOLY BODY & BLOOD OF CHRIST The one who feeds on this bread shall live forever FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: The Eucharist is not simply something we receive; it is Read More

June 12, 2022

THE MOST HOLY TRINITY … Father … Son … Holy Spirit … FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: It was perhaps the most painful appointment I've ever experienced in my priesthood. An eight-year-old child Read More

June 5, 2022

PENTECOST FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: We cannot see the Holy Spirit. So, throughout the centuries writers and artists have struggled to come up with an adequate image to represent the Spirit. The Read More

May 29, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: I think all of us have in our minds a picture of the Ascension of Jesus. Christ is lifted up through the clouds to take a seat at Read More

May 22, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: In today’s gospel Jesus continues to speak reassuring words about love. He knows the unspoken questions in the hearts of His disciples – not only those around the Read More

May 15, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Usually when we think of the word "love," we think of romance, of hearts and flowers. But love is more than warm affection and sensual intimacy. There is Read More

May 8, 2022

Happy Mother's Day Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: You may have heard a beautiful Latin chant after the Communion hymn being Read More

May 1, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: There is a powerful lesson in today's Gospel. But it is difficult to spot because of the English translation of the Greek text of the scriptures. In English Read More

April 24, 2022

Divine Mercy Sunday FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: One of the most common symbols of Easter is the Easter egg. Eggs have been associated with Easter from the earliest days of Christianity. But Read More

April 17, 2022

RISEN LORD FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: The gospel we heard proclaimed at the Easter Vigil Mass is a familiar one. It is Luke's version of the women discovering the empty tomb on Read More

April 10, 2022

PALM SUNDAY HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST. MATTHEW 21:9 FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Christians are often exhorted to unite themselves with the Cross of Christ. We are told to 'offer it up' in Read More

April 3, 2022

Fifth Sunday of Lent "God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy." POPE FRANCIS FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK My Dear Parishioners: There was a wise Persian king Read More

March 27, 2022

Fourth Sunday of Lent "As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst... 'Repent and believe.'" BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK My Dear Parishioners: God is doing whatever it Read More

March 20, 2022

Third Sunday of Lent "During Lent, let us find concrete ways to overcome our indifference." POPE FRANCIS FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK My Dear Parishioners: I would like to tell you a story today about four Read More

March 13, 2022

Second Sunday of Lent “Fasting makes sense if it really chips away at our security, and as a consequence, benefits someone else, if it helps us cultivate the style of the good Samaritan who bent Read More

March 6, 2022

First Sunday of Lent And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness... FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK My Dear Parishioners: In 1922 Marjorie Williams Read More

February 27, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK My Dear Parishioners: This is the last Sunday before Lent. The first and second readings have words of encouragement for us. The first reading says, “As the test of what the Read More

February 20, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK My Dear Parishioners: A man who lived a very immoral life died and found himself standing before the gates of heaven. Saint Peter was already looking up his record in the Read More

February 13, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Fr. John Shea tells a story about a pastoral visit that changed his life. It was a rainy Monday morning and the next thing on his to-do list Read More

February 6, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Two experienced fishermen decided one day to go ice fishing. They walked out on the frozen lake, cut a hole in the ice, put worms on their hooks, Read More

January 30, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Today’s second reading is one of the most beautiful and popular passages of the New Testament. It is Paul’s famous hymn to love from first Corinthians. I can Read More

January 23, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Today’s second reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians might be the most radical and challenging passage of the New Testament. It presents to us a fundamentally Read More

January 16, 2022

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK My Dear Parishioners: One of the ways to read today’s gospel of the wedding at Cana is to see it as a model for prayer. We often ask God in prayer Read More

January 9, 2022

AND A VOICE CAME FROM HEAVEN: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Many times, people seek me out for grief counseling Read More

January 2, 2022

THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK My Dear Parishioners: The most foundational truth of the Christian life can be found in today’s gospel of the Epiphany. But it is a lesson that Read More

December 26, 2021

A CHILD IS BORN CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF CHRIST FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Today’s gospel is the only place in the New Testament where we see Jesus as a teenager. It should Read More

December 19, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Mary had plenty to do. In fact, when you consider the recent events that had just occurred in her life, to say that she had to address several Read More

December 12, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: We are drawing close to celebrating the Solemnity of the Lord’s Nativity, Christmas Day, on December 25th. The Lord is very near and is coming quickly, as the Read More

December 5, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Today is the second Sunday of the four Sundays of Advent and only two and a half weeks before Christmas comes, and today we hear the great Advent Read More

November 28, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Waiting. I have grown accustomed to waiting, which is not to say that I gladly welcome it in any sense. When I take my mom to her doctor’s Read More

November 21, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Our world is a very busy and fast paced place. From within it we can find many things that are at war to grab our attention. The average Read More

November 14, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: As human beings, we are interesting creatures. Normally, we go about life in a fairly routine way. We do the things that should and must be done, especially Read More

November 7, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: One of my goals for sharing my writing is to keep myself accountable. It fills the role of a good priest friend who keeps telling me to stick Read More

October 31, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: I can remember telling my grandma that I wished she lived forever. She looked at me and said, “Honey I want to see God and your sister one Read More

October 24, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: This Sunday’s Gospel passage tells us of the physical healing of a blind man – the gift of sight. Yet it also sets out for us a journey Read More

October 17, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: I’m sure that, like me, many of you were glued to the Olympics over the summer. One of the reasons I enjoyed the Games so much was that Read More

October 10, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: A priest was giving a homily on heaven and hell. At one point, he asked the people: “Is there anybody here who wants to go to heaven? Please Read More

October 3, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: When we hear today’s readings, we can understand the challenge of preaching the Gospel today. We live at a time when divorce is common and acceptable in most Read More

September 26, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: “There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can, at the same time, speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us Read More

September 19, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Grief comes boxed in many different packages. The death of a loved one, a routine visit to the doctor reveals a fatal disease, the end of a marriage, Read More

September 12, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: There's little doubt about it: life can sometimes be hard. In my own family, my younger sister Michele, died at the age of 11 after a long illness Read More

September 5, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: As we begin the unofficial end of summer weekend, our thoughts turn to school, homework and hopefully a return to "normal." A sense of hope and newness is Read More

August 29, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Is there anyone who can teach us as Jesus does? Is there any faith tradition that is as strong and true as our own? There is no God Read More

August 22, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: I believe it was Winston Churchill who said, "Democracy is a terrible form of government." But then he added, "There is no other form that is better." Sometimes Read More

August 15, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: The Catholic World celebrates the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary annually on the 15th of August. The word assumption comes from the Latin word Read More

August 8, 2021

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK My Dear Parishioners: Imagine if you were to never grow hungry or never thirst again? On a natural level, this would be an interesting reality. Of course, if you never had Read More

August 1, 2021

EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME My dear parishioners, I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying your summer. As many of you know by now, I am your new pastor. St. Philip's has a Read More