Pastor’s Desk – January 16, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, We begin our New Year again with COVID-19 and its variants in the headlines. Fortunately, the new restrictions on indoor gatherings do not apply to houses of worship. Based on our experience of the past many months, I believe our precautions here at SV have been effective in both preventing the transmission […]

Pastor’s Desk – January 2, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, On Saturday, January 1, we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. It is, to use the traditional term, a Holy Day of Obligation. This year, since it falls on Saturday, the obligation to attend Mass is set aside. For that reason, I will share a few thoughts on the feast, […]

Pastor’s Desk – December 19th

Dear Fellow Parishioners, I’d like to share a few thoughts about the upcoming celebrations of the last days of Advent, Christmas, the Feast of the Holy Family, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and Epiphany. This year, these observances come in very rapid succession, all within 9 days between Christmas and Epiphany. There are 24 […]

Pastor’s Desk – December 5, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Over the past few days, many of us have paid close attention to reports of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. As of this writing, there is one confirmed case in the United States, though that number seems certain to grow. While this is of obvious initial concern, I can’t help […]

Pastor’s Desk – November 26, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Now that Thanksgiving (but hopefully not the leftovers) are behind us, we can turn our attention to the season of Advent. The grace of a new beginning which this season always brings is especially welcome this year. 1) We will begin scheduling lay lectors for Masses on the First Sunday of Advent. […]

Pastor’s Desk – November 19, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners, This Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King, the 34th and final Sunday in Ordinary Time before the First Sunday of Advent, which is also the beginning of the new liturgical year. This transition point is a good time to cover a few matters regarding the liturgy and related matters, some […]

Pastor’s Desk – November 11, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners, I write this on the morning of November 11th, Veterans Day, which has an interesting history of its own. Though it was observed in the U.S. by Presidential Proclamation in 1919, and thereafter throughout the country with 2 minutes of silence at 11:00 am, Armistice Day was not declared a federal holiday […]

Pastor’s Desk – November 5, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners,The change of seasons, plus the long-awaited return of rain, is nature’s way of preparing us once again for the beginning of Advent which is three weeks away. One of the graces of celebrating the various liturgical seasons, plus family memories and traditions associated with them, is that these annual events contain elements […]

Pastor’s Desk – October 17, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners, I keep wanting to get back to my series describing the Mass and its parts, but each week some topic comes up that I think needs a bit of special attention. This week is no different.Mass Intentions. Just as any person can pray for another person, or for a particular intention, the Church […]

Pastor’s Desk – October 10, 2021

Dear Fellow Parishioners,    I am happy to report that Fr. Thomas Stuart began offering Masses and ministering in this parish on Wednesday of this past week. Since it is not entirely possible for one priest to cover all of the weekend Masses and other liturgies, it may be another week or 2 before you […]