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Pastoral Team Articles

February 2021

Feb 27

Changed Translation in Opening Prayer

Changed Translation in Opening Prayer Effective Ash Wednesday (February 17, 2021) the word “one” in the doxology of the Collects of the Roman Missal and any derivative liturgical book is to be omitted.  The “Collect,” is commonly known as the “Opening Prayer” of the Mass. The doxology (= final part of...
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Feb 20

5 Remedies Against Sadness

5 Remedies Against Sadness Saint Thomas Aquinas is one of my favorite saints having an amazing mind and constantly seeking the truth. I was reading some articles online and came across this gem which he wrote in his Summa Theologiae, I-II, q. 38, which talks about certain things that are remedies to sadness, and so I thought I might share them...
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Feb 13

Black Catholic History

Black Catholic History The annual national celebration of Black History Month in the USA reminds us also to be aware of the History of Black Catholics in our great nation.  The story of the black Catholic community in the United States begins with the story of the Catholic church in Africa. Their story, like that of all Blacks in America...
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Feb 6

Wellness Checks

Wellness Checks Even in the best of times, it can be challenging for me as your pastor to keep up with parishioners. There is one of me and thousands of people in our parish. It was much easier when I could rely on seeing you before, during or after Mass on the weekend. I might not have known your name (and I can be forgetful), but at least I...
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