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Vatican Corner 04-18-2021

St. Peter’s Basilica has 11 chapels and 45 altars, of which many have been used every morning by priests to celebrate their daily Mass. The Code of Canon Law state that “priests are earnestly invited to offer the sacrifice of the Eucharist daily…” Priests generally...

Pastor’s Desk 04-18-2021

There is a true story in Ripley’s Believe It or Not about a judge in Yugoslavia who had an unfortunate accident. He was “electrocuted” when he reached up to turn on the light while  standing in the bathtub. His wife found his body sprawled on the bathroom floor. She...

Vatican Corner 04-11-2021

For the second year in a row, the ceremonies of Holy Week and Easter, which Pope Francis presides over, were changed to streaming services online because of the covid-19 restrictions. The ceremonies were not open to the general public because of the need for social...

Pastor’s Desk 04-11-2021

Responding to call to anoint a parishioner who is seriously ill has been my priority during my ministry here at St. Joachim for the last ten years. Most of such visits to anoint a parishioner who is ill give immense pastoral fulfillment and satisfaction to me as a...

Vatican Corner 04-04-2021

Why does the date of Easter which marks the date of Jesus’ death and resurrection move around from year to year? Sometimes it comes at the end of March and other times it happens in late April. It all has to do with the cycles of the moon. According to the Bible,...

Pastor’s Desk 04-04-2021

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...

Vatican Corner 03-28-2021

In a 2019 interview which was just published in the Argentine newspaper La Nacion on Feb. 27, 2021, Pope Francis said that when he was a younger priest at age 42, seeing a psychiatrist helped him with anxiety. It was when he served as the Jesuit provincial (having...

Pastor’s Desk 03-28-2021

Constantine the Great was the first Christian Roman emperor. His father Constantius I, who succeeded Diocletian as emperor in AD 305, was a pagan with a soft heart for Christians. When he ascended the throne, he discovered that many Christians held important jobs in...

Vatican Corner 03-21-2021

In the fourth century, the Laterani family of Rome was stripped of their land because one of their members was accused of conspiring against the Emperor. In 324 A.D., Emperor Constantine 1st gave the building located on that land to the bishops of Rome in order to...

Pastor’s Desk 03-21-2021

Years ago, when General Mills, Inc. first began selling Betty Crocker cake mixes, the company offered a product which only needed water. All you had to do was add water to the mix which came in the box, and you would get a perfect, delicious cake every time. It...

Vatican Corner 03-14-2021

Because of continuing sporadic violence, Pope Francis’ historic trip to Iraq on March 5th through 8th , 2021 involved a massive security operation using thousands of Iraqi police and military. Even the Vatican police and Swiss Guards who accompanied him wore...

Pastor’s Desk 03-14-2021

Near Mobile, Alabama, there was a railroad bridge that spanned a big bayou. The date was September 22, 1993. It was a foggy morning, just before daybreak, when a tugboat accidentally pushed a barge into the bayou. The drifting barge slammed into the river bridge. In...

Vatican Corner 03-07-2021

Pope Francis will be visiting Iraq from March 5th through 8th, 2021. It will be the first time apope has visited the biblical land of Iraq and it will be Francis’ first return to jet plane travel since November 2019 when the global pandemic stopped his visits. Iraq is...

Pastor’s Desk 03-07-2021

On Sunday morning February 21st I was informed by our Music Director, Ariel Mayormita, that on Saturday evening Ms. Luzviminda Bermudez had fallen down in her house and was rushed to hospital and was undergoing treatment. During the Sunday mass, special prayers were...

Vatican Corner 02-28-2021

But the partnership of Cardinal Pell and Pope Francis as financial reformers fell apart soon after it began, and even before the sexual abuse charges against Pell caused him to return to his native Australia. Pell wanted to eliminate corruption, maximize profit,...

Pastor’s Desk 02-28-2021

Dr. Peggy Hartshorn, president of Heartbeat International, tells a dramatic story about a woman who glimpsed the mystery of her unborn child. The young woman was seeking an abortion. She simply could not handle having a baby at this time. But she agreed to an...