2019 Annual Pastoral Appeal

Very soon you will receive a mailing from the Diocese regarding the 2019 Annual Pastoral Appeal (APA). It contains a letter from our Bishop, some materials describing the ways in which your annual contribution is needed to support diocesan programs, and of course, the contribution card with a return envelope. It is one means by which the diocese and parish raises funds to support the parish’s payment of general administrative costs and programs operated by the diocese in our name and on our behalf. It is a needed and worthwhile endeavor. Continue reading

The limit of words

“In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he spoke to us through the Son” (Hebrew 1)

There is a passage from St. John of the Cross in The Ascent of Mount Carmel that has stuck with me all these years. It always comes to mind when I hear this opening line from the Letter to the Hebrews. I should probably re-read the passage to see how much jetsam and floatsam I have added over the years. I imagine the conversation between the faithful believer and God the Father. The believer is doing what we all do: asking questions of God. Continue reading