Pastor’s Desk 10-03-2021

This new docu-drama on the life and miracles of St. Francis is based on the official writings of Brother Thomas Celano, a close companion and friar with St. Francis who spent many years with the saint. Brother Thomas called Francis an "alter Christos" who was like "a...

Pastor’s Desk 09-19-2021

Have you known that person? The one who leaves every person they encounter feeling a little more blessed for having met them? They’re the friend you can count on when nothing is going well. They’re the one who’s always “doing” for others. They’re never gossiping or...

Pastor’s Desk 09-12-2021

Can You Walk the Walk? I’ve met and talked with enough people to feel confident that if you polled 100 fallen-away Catholics about why they didn’t want anything to do with the Church, the term “accountability” would pop up in almost all of their answers. And to be...

Pastor’s Desk – Statement from Bishop Michael C. Barber 09-05-2021

The Catholic Church recommends people get vaccinated against COVID-19, and for good reason. The Vatican has stated the connection with aborted fetal tissue is remote enough that it is morally permissible to take the vaccine. Therefore, since the Catholic Church has...

Pastor’s Desk 08-29-2021

Pop culture has given us an unique idea of the term justice. Justice, we often think, is about taking. Taking what’s owed. Taking revenge. Taking what we deserve. This worldview tends to make mincemeat of our Catholic social teachings. Seeking the good of the poor, a...

Pastor’s Desk 05-23-2021

The Jewish Pentecost: Both the Jews and the Christians now celebrate Pentecost. Along with the Feast of the Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles, Pentecost was one of the major feasts of the Jews. During these three great Jewish festivals, every male Jew living...

Pastor’s Desk 05-16-2021

Lech Walesa worked for years as an electrician in the Gdansk shipyards. During those years he and his fellow workers founded the movement which came to be known as “Solidarity.” Walesa became its leader. This brought them into open conflict with the Communist leaders....

Pastor’s Desk 05-09-2021

On April 27, 2021, I received an email from our Provincial stating that I am transferred from St. Joachim Parish to St. Matthew’s Parish at Corona in St. Bernardino Diocese, CA. I am asked to take charge of the new place of my appointment on July 1st 2021. It is with...

Pastor’s Desk 05-02-2021

Some years ago, in the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland, the members of one of the large Presbyterian churches decided to undertake a religious census among some 2000 homes in their district. When the results were in, the pastor of the Church found himself seated...

Pastor’s Desk 04-25-2021

In the beginning of World War II, the Nazis commissioned a massive battleship named the Bismarck. It was the biggest fighting vessel the world had seen up to that time. With the Bismarck the Germans had the opportunity to dominate the seas. Very soon after it was...

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...