Pastor’s Desk ~ August 13, 2023

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Mid-August is here, school vacations are coming to an end, and the start of religious education and school are just around the corner. As I mentioned at Masses, I spent most of my vacation at my favorite resort, Rancho Back-yardo. While doing so, I watched or read many, many news stories about […]

Pastor’s Desk ~ July 2, 2023

Dear Fellow Parishioners, While Independence Day is the official title of our national holiday, it is now more commonly known as Fourth of July – a nickname which reveals nothing of its significance. This year, it is the 247th anniversary of the ratification of the Declaration of Independence by the First Session of the Second […]

Pastor’s Desk ~ June 25 2023

Dear Fellow Parishioners, We’ve heard the folk saying, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” This year, the lamb-like weather has continued ever since, as we just passed almost imperceptibly into summer. In the past, late spring and the early days of summer have been uncharacteristically mild, even cool only […]

Pastor’s Desk ~ June 18, 2023

Dear Fellow Parishioners,  Now that spring is largely behind us, I’d like to share a few thoughts on two feasts that fall in June: the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (the 3rd Friday after Pentecost) and the Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist (June 24th). The Feast of the Most […]

Pastor’s Desk ~ June 11, 2023

Dear Fellow Parishioners, I’d like to follow up with a few odds and ends regarding the parish premises. The repair and painting project on the hall and garage are nearly complete. During the preparation work, we discovered repairs that needed to be made, including part of the roof of the Parish Hall, the roof and […]

Pastor’s Desk ~ June 4, 2023

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Both of our parish schools – SVHS and SVES – hold graduation ceremonies in our church. The beautiful, reverent and somewhat formal setting lends an appropriate air of solemnity to these milestone events. That doesn’t stop some groups of supporters from expressing their special enthusiasm for a favorite son or daughter as […]

Pastor’s Desk ~ May 28, 2023

Dear Fellow Parishioners, This time of year is for milestones and goodbyes, with new challenges on the horizon: First Communions, Confirmations, graduations. Some graduations will lead to another local school, a college or university further from home, career training, or a new job. Graduations have a valedictory quality, hence the “valedictorian” who delivers the farewell […]

Pastor’s Desk ~ May 14, 2023

Dear Fellow Parishioners, This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day. While there are many images of loving (not to mention powerful) mothers in the Old Testament, there is also the Fourth Commandment: “Honor thy father and thy mother.” At the most basic level, that commandment is a call to respect an inescapable fact: Our relationship with […]

Pastor’s Desk ~ April 30, 2023

Dear Fellow Parishioners, At this time of year, I sign hundreds of documents: Baptismal certificates for those receiving other sacraments, First Communion and Confirmation certificates, diplomas from two schools, contracts for teachers and staff from two schools, you name it, all in addition to the usual checks, letters and Mass cards that need to be […]

Pastor’s Desk ~ April 23, 2023

Dear Fellow Parishioners, First of all, I would like to thank the many people who worked so hard to make our celebrations on Palm Sunday, Holy Week, the Triduum, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday both inspiring and memorable. This was the first Holy Week and Easter that we returned to the full pre-COVID form […]