Ways and things to Celebrate

There are lots of different new years to celebrate. The Western world celebrated two weeks ago. The Chinese New Year is Tuesday, February 5. It is the year of the pig in case you are interested. Lots of different dates around the world – and all are based on some different calendar, event and spirituality – and all have very different ways to celebrate.

One thing that seems to mark the passage into a new year is the hope for good, for peace, and for something new. 2019 will be a year with lots of new things going on in the parish. Some are still in a discussion or development phase; some are gearing up with plan in hand, and some are a vision, with the details on how we get from A-to-Z not yet clear. Continue reading


“Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do will it. Be made clean.” (Luke 5:12-13)

Growing up in my household, like all other homes, we had rules, boundaries not to be crossed, and infractions that were subject to parental correction of various kinds. Certainly for the more major infractions there was spanking or the penultimate: “Wait till you father gets home!” In the immediate aftermath of such moments, while there might be the momentary, “this is unfair” coupled with thoughts of “No one loves me” and plans to run away, but by-in-large we truly never doubted we were loved. Continue reading