2021 archive of From the Pastor's Desk
Posted by Karen Neubauer on 6/04/21
The mode of Christ’s presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as ‘the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend.’ In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist ‘the body and blood, together with ... Read More »
Posted by Karen Neubauer on 5/28/21
Today we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity. The Trinity is One. We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons, the “consubstantial Trinity.” The divine persons do not share the one divinity among themselves but each of them is God whole and entire: “The Father is ... Read More »
Posted by Karen Neubauer on 5/21/21
Yes, Promise made; promise kept. Our Lord Jesus promised his Apostles before he Ascended to heaven that he would send them the Holy Spirit- the advocate. Today is Pentecost. The Holy Spirit has come.
“This is the mystery of Pentecost: The Holy Spirit illuminates the human spirit and, by ... Read More »
Posted by Karen Neubauer on 4/09/21
We often hear people say, "I cannot go to Mass every Sunday because it is not convenient for me." We hear some people say, "I cannot join the Pastoral Council or that other committee because it is not convenient for me."..."Oh Father, honestly I would love to help but ... Read More »
Posted by Karen Neubauer on 3/31/21
The transformative lesson God taught us during Lent is that the morning will come when you learn how to endure the night. God promised His people, “I will be as the dew unto my people”. Dew is the tiny drops of moisture that appear on cool surface in the ... Read More »
Posted by Karen Neubauer on 3/12/21
One of the greatest preachers of the early church explains the key penitential practices of Lent-prayer, fasting, and almsgiving or mercy. Saint Peter Chrysologus declares that Prayer knocks at the door, fasting obtains, mercy receives. He shows how prayer, mercy and fasting are one, and they give life to ... Read More »
Posted by Karen Neubauer on 3/05/21
The Decalogue, popularly known as the Ten Commandments are a list of religious and moral imperatives that according to Judeo-Christian referred tradition, were authorized by God and given to Moses on Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:23) or Horeb (Deuteronomy 5:2).
Since God is not the kind of Judge who puts ... Read More »
DEACON STEVE EISCHENS REASSIGNED TO ST. MARY THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH, MT. VERNON AND ST. BARBARA, SCHELLER.
Posted by Karen Neubauer on 2/27/21
Bishop McGovern has reassigned Deacon Steve Eischens to St. Mary the Immaculate Conception Church, Mt. Vernon and St. Barbara, Scheller where he will continue his ministry as Deacon.
Deacon Eischens began his ministry as a Deacon in 2018 and he has being with our parish for almost three years ... Read More »
Posted by Karen Neubauer on 2/19/21
The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise. They "are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs" (USCCA). They respond to ... Read More »
Posted by Karen Neubauer on 2/12/21
Most Catholics seem to be aware of the forty-day period before the feast of Easter. Lent, which comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, meaning “spring,” is a time marked by particular rituals, such as reception of Ashes on Ash Wednesday or the decision to “give up some habits, food ... Read More »