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Pastor's Corner: April 14

Posted on April 14, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: April 14
For a few months, we’ve had a Vocations Committee forming in the parishes. We’ve been looking at ways to encourage vocations—to the priesthood, to religious life, to Christian marriage—among our people, especially our young with their whole lives ahead of them. One suggestion was to have Andrew and I answer a list of 20 questions about ourselves. So, let’s begin—just a few questions at a time. What did your parents do? My mother was a schoolteacher. She taught what we used to call home economics (largely cooking and sewing). Now ...

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Pastor's Corner: April 7

Posted on April 08, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: April 7
Look at the picture. Holy Thursday night’s adoration space: After the evening Mass we linger to pray, doing what chosen apostles couldn’t do in Gethsemane. We traveled to other churches to keep this as a night of expectant prayer. Half an hour before midnight those seats were filled for Night Prayer, with some folks kneeling or sitting on the floor. We responded to the Church’s call to pray! And we did it throughout the week. Palm Sunday, bearing our branches. Morning Prayer is beautifully attended and sung. Good Friday’s veneration of the cr...

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Pastor's Corner: March 31

Posted on March 30, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 31
Welcome! I know our Mass crowds will be larger this weekend. Easter is our greatest feast, after all. And I know that there are all sorts of reasons to walk through these doors today. Maybe it’s your first time in church, your first time in a Catholic church. Perhaps you came with family. Or a friend invited you. Maybe it was something more interior—a love for music, a struggle in life, a series of questions—even doubts. You are welcome here! You will always be welcome here. Or is today something of a homecoming? Back to the old neighborhood, church ...

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Pastor's Corner: March 24

Posted on March 25, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 24
I know you have reminders all over the place! Posters in the church, graphics on social media, schedules in the bulletin, even a postcard in the mail. But, let me offer a couple of words about this week, this Holy Week: Monday and Wednesday are our last public opportunities for confession before Easter. Consider celebrating this sacrament of God’s mercy as a way to immerse ourselves in the love poured out on the Cross. New to us this year: Morning Prayer on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at St Lawrence which is a wonderful way to reflectively begin ...

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Pastor's Corner: March 10

Posted on March 10, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 10
In the Missal, on the page where the prayers for today’s Mass are located, there’s a note: We can wear rose vestments, music can be bolder, flowers can be placed at the altar. I might be reading those lines, but you should be experiencing the sounds and sights of this halfway point in Lent, sights, and sounds that tell us to rejoice on our journey to Easter. Two musical opportunities come to us this week, two chances to deepen our appreciation of Lent— especially as we draw closer to the celebration of the Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection i...

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Pastor's Corner: March 3

Posted on March 03, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: March 3
I don’t usually use this space to talk about the Sunday readings. But, this weekend’s gospel dovetails into something I want to mention this Lent. Jesus cleanses the temple. He makes quite a ruckus, he stirs things up, and he even begins to make enemies. Why? Because the temple does matter. Yes, the building is holy, dedicated to his Father. But, the temple of Jesus’ body—soon to be crucified and raised from the dead—matters. And so do the temples of our lives. The Church calls us to allow Jesus to complete the work of cleaning temples&mdash...

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Pastor's Corner: February 25

Posted on February 26, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 25
I know we have lots of things going on during Lent. The bulletin and website can seem like a maze of options— prayer, confession, adoration, music, education, etc. But, today I want to highlight one opportunity that’s coming up on March 13. You’ve known all along that St. Lawrence and St. Boniface Parishes have their place in the newly revived Road to Resurrection Series. Each of those nights involves prayer and song, scripture, and reflection. But, March 13 will take a slightly different turn. That night we’ll welcome The Vigil Project, a grou...

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Pastor's Corner: February 18

Posted on February 19, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 18
During Ash Wednesday’s homily, I talked about the door in the gospel. The door of our private room where he can pray (and pretty much also fast and give alms) to the Father who sees in private. What drew my attention to that door was a book I’ve been reading by Cardinal Roche, The Gardens of God. He talks about that door and relates it to all the doors in the Scriptures—the door to Eden guarded by the cherubim once Adam and Eve are thrown out, the doors mentioned by the prophets, the doors in Jesus’ parables, ending with the door in Revelation: &l...

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Pastor's Corner: February 11

Posted on February 12, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: February 11
Yes, it’s Lent again. This Wednesday begins that holy season of fasting, prayer, and works of charity. We have so many opportunities in our parishes and communities to make this truly a graced time. Mardi Gras. Don’t forget the old Catholic custom of celebrating before the fast. Throw the party, have the big meal, and do something fun this coming Tuesday. Ashes. Check the schedules for our worship sites and those of other parishes. Confessions. Again, take a look at the many chances we have to experience God’s mercy—all through the weeks of Len...

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Pastor's Corner: January 28

Posted on January 29, 2024 in: Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner: January 28
Time to recycle! We’ve become used to recycling all sorts of things. Kitchen scraps that go to the compost. Plastics and papers in their bins. Visits to the recycling sites. And now it’s time to recycle last year’s palm branches. Yes, those palm branches that we put behind crucifixes or holy pictures. They’re destined, in the Church’s imagination, to become this year’s ashes for the beginning of Lent. Look for the baskets in the narthexes of our churches. Bring in those branches from last year. (And if you discover you have branches fr...

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