3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

01-26-2020Peter's BoatFather Rob

My parents supplemented my public school education by taking me to Mass on Sundays, as many of you do for your children. They taught me how to pray and gave me the Church, as many of you have done for your children. But sometimes I imagine just how wonderful it would have been to pray in school with my friends and teachers whom I loved (and still love) so much.

I also imagine what it would have been like to have been in a classroom with Religious Sisters. Some of my friends who went to Catholic schools would tell me about the nuns who taught them, but I wouldn’t experience Consecrated Life until much later. I think I would have enjoyed that very much.

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2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

01-19-2020Peter's BoatFather Rob

Everyone gets distracted during Mass. You’re not alone. It happens to me as well. The important thing is not to get angry or overanalyze the distraction while it’s happening. That can make it worse. So what can we do?    

One thing I have found useful is to gently call to mind the intentions for which I am praying. When I am distracted, it is usually because of something that is happening around me in the church. So it helps in that moment to remember why I came to the church in the first place. What am I praying for? What are my intentions? 

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2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

01-12-2020Peter's BoatFather Rob

A word on money and our parish finances. Generally speaking, we are doing okay. We have money in the bank and our investments yield income. We moved our operating accounts into Sterling for their slightly more competetive interest rates, and Sunday Mass collections are increasing.

Programs like Faith Formation and CYO do bring in a significant amount of money, but those funds are used primarily for the expenses of those programs. And votive candles and convent rent do generate some revenue, but not enough to change the fact that we rely mainly on our Sunday collections and generous donations to operate.

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The Feast of Epiphany

01-05-2020Peter's BoatFather Rob

We were always good at finding spots, my friends and I. We had to be. Before the advent of location services and the Find My Friends app, meeting spots were everything. Most of them were in the woods or behind old buildings. When we grew older, we would drive our cars, but still it was about the search. If you wanted to know where the others were, you had to find the spot.

And we had such fun delighting in each other’s company, telling stories and making one another laugh. We invented challenges. And we spoke about life and girls and music with a sense of wonder. Meeting one another at these spots gave us our identity.

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Feast of the Holy Family

12-29-2019AllFather Rob

I used to visit with a 92 year old man whose son died in his 30’s shortly after his wife gave birth to a baby boy. The man would always say of his grandson, “He’s like a son to me.” Almost all of our conversations were about his grandson.

That grandson had a child himself during the time I was visiting his grandfather. He and his wife had a little girl. The grandfather was thrilled! And he eagerly awaited the invitation to the Baptism of his great granddaughter. The invitation never came.   

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Fourth Week of Advent

12-22-2019Peter's BoatFather Rob

They were afraid to say that Jesus was holy. The Pharisees, who really should have known better, were afraid to acknowledge that God was coming to them in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. They were afraid.

They were afraid even to recognize the holiness of John the Baptist. Jesus asked them one day, “Where was John’s baptism from? Was it of heavenly or of human origin?” They would not answer. They were afraid.

We’ve all experienced this fear ourselves. We know what it feels like to be embarrassed to say to our friends and family, “I believe that Jesus and His Church are of heavenly origin.” We know this fear of the Pharisees.

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Third Week of Advent

12-15-2019Peter's BoatFather Rob

If you watched The Irishman on Netflix, a Scorsese production of the Jimmy Hoffa story, you’ll remember the line from the film that was spoken just before someone was going to lose his life. “It is what it is.” A scary line. A kind of, “There’s nothing that can be done for you.”   

This, I think, is what makes mob dramas so frightening. This thought that there is nothing that can be done, that it is what it is, says, “There’s no one here to save you.” But there is someone here, someone who comes to us with another measure, someone who atones for sin. 

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Second Week of Advent

12-08-2019Peter's BoatFather Rob

Please know how grateful I am for the outpouring of love that I received from all of you at my Installation Mass. I’ve been here only a short while as your pastor, but I feel so embraced that I hear the Lord Himself saying to me, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” Like a child being baptized, I am being given everything even before having done anything to deserve it. And thank you very much for the cards and for the gifts - I do appreciate your kindness and your generosity. I remember you in my prayers. Please continue to remember me in yours.

First Sunday of Advent

12-01-2019Peter's BoatFather Rob

We grow tired of ideologies and disappointed by the proposal of this world that we give ourselves purpose or that we create our own identity. We long for more. We long for something to break in with a newness! Advent contains the promise of a new day.

The coming of Christ reminds us that we are more – that we are more than a market to be exploited, more than our own inventions, more than our reputation and more than our possessions. We are sons and daughters of God, a truth both ever ancient and ever new.

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First Sunday of Advent

11-23-2019Peter's BoatFather Rob

We grow tired of ideologies and disappointed by the proposal of this world that we give ourselves purpose or that we create our own identity. We long for more. We long for something to break in with a newness! Advent contains the promise of a new day.

The coming of Christ reminds us that we are more – that we are more than a market to be exploited, more than our own inventions, more than our reputation and more than our possessions. We are sons and daughters of God, a truth both ever ancient and ever new.

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