Fr. Greg

Catholic Schools Week and Catholic School History - January 29, 2023

This week, January 29 - February 4, 2023, we celebrate National Catholic Schools Week. It reminds us of the value and importance of Catholic education. We are blessed to have our own parish Kindergarten through 8th-grade school, our own early education center, and also to have several Catholic high schools in our area. I hope you see the great things that are going on in them! 

Friendship with Jesus - January 22, 2023

“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19) In our Gospel we hear the call of Peter, Andrew, James, and John to follow Jesus. They would become Jesus’ closest friends. Friendship with Jesus is what our faith is all about. Pope Benedict XVI died on December 31, 2022—may he rest in peace. This made me recall he wrote about end emphasized friendship with Jesus. Here are some excerpts from his writings for us to meditate on:


Pope Benedict XVI’s First Encyclical Deus Caritas Est “God is Love”, December 25, 2005

Archbishop's Call to Share - January 8, 2023

The Archbishop’s Call to Share (ACTS) kicks off this weekend. This is an annual appeal to fund many important ministries of the Archdiocese that we could not do alone as a single parish. It is the equivalent of our annual parish stewardship which funds our parish ministries, except this appeal funds Archdiocese-wide ministries which benefit us and many others (see examples below). I know our 2023 ACTS goal is increased to $353,495.

Tis’ the Season - December 18, 2022

Welcome to the fourth Sunday of Advent. This is the time of year when the wait for Christmas becomes almost agonizingly unbearable. Holiday shopping is in full swing with people buying, buying, buying. The Marthas of the world are busy organizing and prepping holiday meals. Companies are showing their appreciation for their employees by having ‘Holiday Parties’ and sending ‘Seasons Greetings’. The festivities end with someone drinking a little too much eggnog and eating a little too much barbecue.

Gaudete Sunday: What’s in a color and Blessed Nicholas Steno - December 11, 2022

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice!  Indeed, the Lord is near.”  This is the prayer of the entrance antiphon from today’s Mass.  
The name of the third Sunday of Advent, “Gaudete Sunday”, is taken from that antiphon - the word, “Gaudete” is Latin for “Rejoice.” And Gaudete Sunday is a Church’s subtle reminder that Advent is supposed to include a certain “darkness” quality.  

Thanksgiving, Marathons, Gold, Advent, and Kerygma! - November 27, 2022

First, much thanksgiving is in order. Personally, many thanks to all who wished me well and prayed for my running of the New York Marathon on November 6th! The school kids made me a medal of 26 medals each sponsored by a class with prayers prayed for me—how awesome is that! So, my results were mixed. I did finish the marathon, all 26.2 miles, in a total time of 5 hours and 49 seconds which works out to an overall pace of 11:29/mile. So finishing was awesome, and the crowd support in New York was beyond incredible.