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12-31-2017Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

There are many in the parish who help carry out the Lord's message of charity to the world. I hope to highlight them from time to time. On this Holy Family Sunday, I wanted to take this opportunity to recognize those in the parish who help mothers and children who are in need.


Why is Christmas such a crucial event in the history of the world?

12-24-2017Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

Before Christmas, it was possible to know about God from his prophets. It was possible to be obedient to God's law as given to us by the Scriptures. However, God remained distant and unknowable. We could not have a real relationship with Him. We could not love God any more than an ant could love a human being. However, on Christmas, God becomes a human person - just like us. And because God became as weak and helpless as a little baby, he became lovable and adorable.


May the Rest of your Advent be Mystical

12-17-2017Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

A little over a week ago, the Conmigos choir led a beautiful musical meditation on the joyful, luminous, and glorious mysteries of the Rosary. It was truly inspiring. After a brief exhortation on each mystery of the Rosary, the Conmigos choir would sing a song that helped us meditate more deeply on the mysteries presented. There was a particularly haunting quality about the music that they sang. It was joyful but at the same time, it was filled with a sense of longing. These were not the usual happy-go-lucky Christmas songs like Deck the Halls, Dashing through the Snow, or Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer. They were focused on Mary and her patient silent longing for the birth of her Son on Christmas. These were not songs in the spirit of Christmas - they were songs in the spirit of Advent. I am so grateful to the Conmigos choir for drawing us more deeply into the spirit of patient silent longing that the season of Advent requires.


From the Desk of Rev. Scott Holmer

12-10-2017Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

Last weekend, we had our Christmas Craft Fair. It was a tremendous success both as a community building event and as a fundraiser. Many people participated and the fair exceeded all expectations generating over $4,000! The funds will be used to pay for our new chairs and tables that we have in our parish hall. I want to thank Sandy Barnes for her enthusiastic leadership and for everyone who volunteered to make our Christmas Craft Fair such a great event.


Advent Begins

12-03-2017Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

Advent begins with a command to be watchful - to be alert. What does it mean to be an alert person? The opposite of an alert person is a distracted person. It isn't that the distracted person isn't paying attention. It is that he or she is paying attention to the wrong things.