Pastor’s Desk 09-25-18

At the screening of the film Mot her Teresa during the fortieth anniversary of the United Nations in 1983, the Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar rose from his seat to introduce St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) to an elite gathering of the representatives...

Pastors Desk 08-19-18

In October 1972, a plane carrying 46 passengers, a Uruguayan rugby team and their families and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile crashed in the Andes. Nando Parrado, one of the survivors, tells the story of their 72 - day struggle against freezing weather and...

Pastors Desk 08-12-18

One day in Port Huron, Michigan a partially deaf boy came home from school with a note from his teacher. He handed it to his mother. She opened it and slowly read it. The note suggested that her son was too dull to learn. He was holding back the whole class. It would...

Pastors Desk 08-05-18

In one of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books there is a story told by a doctor. It is about a five-year-old girl named Mary who had suffered a stroke that left half of her body paralyzed. Even more tragically, she had been hospitalized for treatment of a brain tumor,...

Pastors Desk 07-29-18

Monsignor Arthur Tonne has a funny story on today’s Gospel lesson. A village farmer stopped at a restaurant in the nearby town and sat near a group of young fellows who were acting up, shouting at the cook and heckling the waitress. When his meal was set before him...

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...

Pastors Desk 3-20-16

The Bishop of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris during the early part of the last century was a great evangelizer who tried to reach out to unbelievers, scoffers, and cynics. He liked to tell the story of a young man who would stand outside the Cathedral and shout...

Pastors Desk 3-13-16

Dr. A.J. Cronin was a great Christian physician in England. One night he assigned a young nurse to a little boy who had been brought to the hospital suffering from diphtheria, and given only a slight chance to live. A tube was inserted into the boy's throat to help...

Pastors Desk 3-6-16

1990, Michale Mohr’s son, Jeff, moved to Arizona to work as a computer technician. Michale, back in Portland, Oregon, looed forward to her son’s weekly calls. But after a few years in Arizona, Jeff’s phone calls began to taper off. When Michale’s letters to him were...

Pastors Desk 2-28-16

n the 1980’s Mary Brenner was a divorced mother of seven children who owned a carbon paper manufacturing company in Beverly Hills. She was a friend of all the movie stars, went to their parties, and hobnobbed with celebrities. What turned her around, and made her see...

Pastors Desk 2-21-16

It is not uncommon to hear the question, “Why does the church collect money?” or “Why do the churches ask for money?” The answer to this question is a counter question, “Why do the families need money?” or “Why do the families depend on monthly salary?” The families...

Pastors Desk 2-14-16

The local sheriff was looking for a deputy, and one of the applicants, who was not known to be the brightest academically, was called in for an interview. "Okay," began the sheriff, "What is 1 and 1?" "Eleven," came the reply. The sheriff thought to himself, "That's...

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