Pastors Desk 11-18-18

President John F. Kennedy was very fond of a particular story, which he often used to close his speeches during his 1960 presidential campaign. It is the story of Colonel Davenport, Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives back in the year 1789. One day,...

Pastor’s Desk 11-11-18

Consider David Porter's comment on Mother Teresa: "She was born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu to Albanian parents in Yugoslavia. She went to India in 1929 as a member of the Loreto Order of nuns, after learning English in their Motherhouse in Dublin Ireland. There she...

Pastors Desk 11-04-18

Less than a year after Richard and Judie Wheeler began building their dream house in Winona, Texas, Richard learned he had cancer. For the first time in months, the saws and hammers were silent around the Wheeler home. Then a member of the Wheelers' church stopped by...

Pastors Desk 10-28-2018

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, told a story on himself. He was waiting for a taxi outside the railway station in Paris. When the taxi pulled up, he put his suitcase in it and then got in the taxi. As he was about to tell the taxi-driver where...

Pastors Desk 10-21-18

During the American Revolution, a man in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers who were busy pulling out a horse carriage stuck in deep mud. Their officer was shouting instructions to them while making no attempt to help. The stranger who witnessed the scene...

Pastors Desk 7-17-16

“Theologian William Stringfellow tells the story of a friend who graduated at the same time as he did from Harvard Law School. This friend accepted a position with a well-known Wall Street firm. The classmate married the summer before he began at the firm. When he...

Pastors Desk 7-10-16

Dr. William Magee Jr. was a plastic surgeon who lived in Norfolk, Va. In 1981, Dr. Magee traveled to the Philippines to operate on children with cleft lips and other facial deformities. Unfortunately, there were so many children with this deformity, a deformity that...

Pastors Desk 7-3-16

The story of St. Philip Neri, who earned the title “Apostle of Rome” in the 16th century, is an example of the missionary zeal demanded by today’s Gospel. Philip came down to Rome in the early 1500s as an immigrant from Florence and a layman. When he arrived, he was...

Pastors Desk 6-26-16

In spite of her successful career, a Catholic executive felt emptiness in her life. One morning, during a breakfast meeting with her marketing consultant, she mentioned that emptiness. “Do you want to fill it?” her colleague asked. “Of course I do,” She said. He...

Pastors Desk 6-19-16

In 1896, after fifteen centuries, Athens renewed the Olympic Games, thus fulfilling the dream of Baron Pierre de Coubertin of France. You can imagine how proud the Greeks were to host the first modern Olympics. You can also imagine how disappointed they were at their...

Pastors Desk 6-12-16

A young man secretly misappropriated several hundred dollars from the business where he was employed. When the shortage was discovered the senior partner called the young man into his office. Immediately he knew he would be fired and sent into prison. His employer...

Pastors Desk 6-5-16

This is why Catholics still practice the ancient tradition of making frequent visits to the Eucharist throughout the day. Even in big cities today, when you go into a Catholic Church, you can almost always find someone kneeling before the altar where the Tabernacle is...

Pastors Desk 5-29-16

This Sunday the Catholic Church all over the world celebrates the feast of Corpus Christi - the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus. The Eucharist is the most precious gift our Lord has given to us prior to his departure from this world. When the time came for him to...

Pastors Desk 5-1-16

This great work of bringing a feeling of sacredness in our church could not have been completed without the cooperation of so many committed people who contributed to the remodeling by way of financial donation as well as by way of physical labor. We appreciate all...

Pastors Desk 4-24-16

It is with a sense of great happiness and joy I write this article. Even though I was to take charge as the pastor of St. Joachim church on July 1st 2011, I was asked by my Provincial Superior to reach St. Joachim earlier so as to get familiarized with the parish...

Pastors Desk 4-3-16

As the pastor of St. Joachim I can rightly feel a sense of pride and happiness over the growth of our parish. Four years back when I took charge of the parish, as per our records, our parish had a little above 1500 active registered parishioners. But now our record...

Pastors Desk 3-27-16

Egyptian pyramids are world-famous as one of the “seven Wonders” of the ancient world. But they are actually gigantic tombs containing the mummified bodies of Egyptian Pharaohs. Westminster Abby is famous, and thousands visit it because the dead bodies of famous...

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