Pastor’s Messages

Share Your God-given gifts this Advent/Christmas Season

December 7, 2014 Dear Fellow Parishioners: Advent Greetings! How is your preparation for Christmas going? I imagine we all are feeling a tad overwhelmed by the busyness of the season. There is so much to do in so little time. Yes, it is a challenge to balance the many demands placed upon us. Consider just…

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What Will Advent Be For You?

December 1, 2014 Dear Fellow Parishioners: This weekend marks the beginning of the Advent Season. This four-week period of preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas has a two-fold focus: our remembrance of the First Coming of the Son of God to humanity, and our preparation for the Second Coming of Christ at the end of…

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Nov 22/23 Annual Collection Taken to Support Anti-Poverty Organizations

November 20, 2014 Dear Fellow Parishioners, This weekend we are asked to take up the annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Below is Archbishop Nienstedt’s invitation for all us to support this worthy effort. For more information check out www.usccb.org/cchd or the case study video below on how CCHD is helping the city…

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A Letter of Thanks from VEAP

November 16, 2014 Dear Fellow Parishioners: Autumn greetings! I know it seems like winter, yet let’s not give in to the cold. There still is time to en- joy a beautiful fall season. As we approach Thanksgiving, I thought you might appreciate the following thank you letter from VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) our…

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Holding Up Our Deceased Through Prayer

November 9, 2014 Dear Fellow Parishioners, Every Sunday and Holy Day we offer the Nicene Creed during which we proclaim our belief in the “Communion of Saints.” This is one of the many ways in which we acknowledge our membership in the broader community of God’s kingdom both here on earth and in heaven. This…

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What is the Catholic Tradition of First Saturday?

August 31, 2014 Recently a parishioner approached me about the possibility of offering a parish Mass on the first Saturday of each month. I encouraged them to investigate the interest level in the parish and to bring the idea to our Worship Commission. Subsequently, a poll was taken that showed 28 families expressing interest; in addition, our Worship…

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A Letter of Thanks from Veap

August 24, 2014 One of the fine traditions here at St. Edwards is our support of many charitable social service agencies within the local and broader community. Periodically, we receive letters from these organizations thanking us for our support and updating us on their good work. Below is a recent letter I received from VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to…

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A Letter from Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative / Families Moving Forward

One of our fine traditions here at St. Edward’s is our support of many charitable social service agencies within the local and broader community. Periodically, we receive letters from these organizations thanking us for our support and updating us on their good work. Below is a portion of a recent letter I received from Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative.…

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What is Next?

August 3, 2014 Summer greetings! Yes, I am back from my writing hiatus. I hope everyone enjoyed the July series “Top Ten Questions Catholics Are Asked” from Our Sunday Visitor. We all are confronted with some of these questions on a regular basis and need to be able to respond. While you can always refer people to a…

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Top Ten Questions Catholics Are Asked (Part V)

July 27, 2014 Below is the final installment of my summer series from Our Sunday Visitor’s “Top Ten Questions Catholics Are Asked.” (Click here to read Part I, Part II, Part III, or Part IV). For further reading, consider Our Sunday Visitor’s recommended reading list: The New Catholic Answer Bible. Our Sunday Visitor, 2005. Madrid, Patrick. A Pocket Guide to Catholic Apologetics.…

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