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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Pastor’s Desk 02-21-2021

An Arab fable tells of a miller who was startled by seeing a camel’s nose thrust in at the door of  the tent where he was sleeping. “It’s very cold outside,” said the camel, “I only want to get my nose in.” The nose was allowed in, then the neck, finally the whole...

Pastor’s Desk 02-14-2021

In India, the low caste people were untouchables for high caste Hindus. Until the Civil Rights Movement, African-American heritage was such a social disability in the U. S. that white shopkeepers would slap a black customer’s change on the counter to keep from...

Pastor’s Desk 02-07-2021

There is an old and funny little anecdote that goes something like this. An elderly man who was quite ill said to his wife, "You know, Sarah, you’ve always been with me – through the good and the bad. Like the time I lost my job – you were right there by my side. And...

Pastor’s Desk 01-31-2021

Soon after Al Smith was elected to his first term as governor of New York, he made an inspection tour of the state prison, "Sing Sing." After Smith had toured the plant, the warden explained that prison morale was low and he asked the governor to speak some...

Pastor’s Desk 01-24-2021

On last Saturday early morning (January 16th) I was informed that Mrs. Maria Silva wife of Fernando Silva had passed away. The immediate thought that came to my mind was, ‘What a great loss to our parish.’ Yes, indeed, she was one of the great pillars of our church....

Pastor’s Desk 01-17-2021

One day Francis of Assisi invited one of the young friars to join him on a trip into town to preach. The young friar was so honored at receiving such an invitation from St. Francis that he quickly accepted. They paused beneath a tree and Francis stooped to return a...

Pastor’s Desk 01-10-2021

Origin of baptism: Neither John nor Jesus invented baptism. It had been practiced for centuries among the Jews as a ritual equivalent to our Confession. Until the fall of the Temple in 70 A.D., it was common for Jewish people to use a special pool called a Mikveh --...

Pastor’s Desk 01-03-2021

Little Amy was looking through the family album and found a picture of a man sitting behind a cow. All that was visible was the man’s legs and feet. When her photographer uncle who owned a photo studio came to visit her mother Amy told him, “This is the only picture...

Pastor’s Desk 12-27-2020

On what basis the Church began to celebrate Christmas on 25th December. It is based on the assumption that the annunciation of the birth of John the Baptist to Zachariah occurred during the feast of Yom Kippur, around September 25th, placing the birth of John after...