You Are Not Alone

02-18-2024Pastor's Corner

I’ve become more aware of people who are experiencing loss in one form or another. It might be the loss of a loved one through death, the loss of a spouse through divorce, the loss of innocence, the loss of a job and one’s livelihood, the loss of the ability to function normally because of disability or old age, the loss of one’s honor and standing in the community, the loss of a friend because of the parting of ways, or the loss of the “safe and familiar” having been uprooted. Maybe you can add to this list from your own experience.

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Beginning Our Season of Lent

02-11-2024Pastor's CornerVery Rev. Robert J. Deehan, VF

Do you need to be renewed in spirit? In what way? What steps do you need to take to accomplish that goal? Built in to our liturgical year is a time set aside to refocus on what will enable us to become all that God has made us to be and, in turn, be renewed in spirit. That special time is the season of Lent, which begins this Wednesday, February 14.

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The Gift of Ourselves

02-04-2024Pastor's CornerVery Rev. Robert J. Deehan, VF

Not long ago, I came across this quote from St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. It highlights the gift each of us can be to each other. We may not think much about the difference we make in the lives of others. However, this beautiful and timely quote invites us to realize what God wants to do in us and through us – if we nurture the peace that comes from a close and personal relationship with God.

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

01-28-2024Pastor's CornerVery Rev. Robert J. Deehan, VF

I came across this beautiful personal reflection from Nancy Hallczuk about how the Lord invited her to a closer relationship with Him, even when she had stayed away. Does that sound familiar? Have hope – nothing can separate you from the love of Jesus! He’s always ready to fill you with His mercy and His peace.

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

01-21-2024Pastor's CornerVery Rev. Robert J. Deehan, VF

Do you know that as a lay person, you have a unique contribution to make in God’s plan for our society? The holy People of God indeed have a very special and important role. This is described in the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church #31. “It belongs to the laity to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and directing them according to God’s will. They live in the world, that is, they are engaged in each and every work and business of the earth and in the ordinary circumstances of social and family life, from which, as it were, the very web of their existence is woven.

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An Increase In Hope

01-14-2024Pastor's CornerVery Rev. Robert J. Deehan, VF

This past week a reflection from a stranger confirmed for me an observation I have witnessed myself among members of our society lately. There seems to be a “pall” hanging over people these days. Do you feel it? It comes out in various forms. There seems to be a growing anxiety about the state of our world with the war in Ukraine, the Holy Land, and other troubled areas causing fear and uncertainty about the future of our country and our world, including the specter of nuclear war.

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A Prayer For Our Earth

01-07-2024Pastor's CornerVery Rev. Robert J. Deehan, VF

Pope Francis included this prayer in his encyclical, Laudato Si (On Care for Our Common Home) published in May 2015. May it serve to inspire your heart and actions in this new year.

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