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 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...

Pastor’s Desk 12-20-2020

Years ago a psychologist named Thomas Holmes developed a scale for measuring stress. He assigned numerical values to events that cause stress such as the loss of job, moving to a new city, a new relationship. Dr. Holmes even included Christmas on his stress list. He...

Pastor’s Desk 12-13-2020

Valesa – a Nightmare is a docu-drama which was written in Poland under a pseudonym and then smuggled out of the country. It tells the story of political prisoners like Lech Walesa. Near the end of the play a prisoner priest, who usually offers a solitary Mass, is...

Pastor’s Desk 12-06-2020

Being a *ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST* is ranked among the four most difficult "professions" in the world. This is because a ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST must be at the same time: Preacher,  example, advisor, former, planner, minister, visionary, director, mentor, friend, nanny,...

Pastor’s Desk 11-29-2020

Anticipating the end of the world in 1975, twenty-four men, women, and children from Grannis, Arkansas, moved into one tiny house and waited there for ten months. The end did not come as they had expected, and they were evicted for not paying their rent. In 1986 a man...

Pastor’s Desk 11-22-2020

On His Majesty’s Service: Polycarp, the fifth century bishop of Smyrna, was arrested and brought before the Roman authorities. He was told if he cursed Christ, he would be released. He replied, "Eighty-six years have I served Him, and He has done me no wrong; how then...

Pastor’s Desk 11-15-2020

Columbus trusted his maps and calculations, considered his risks and sailed off to encounter the "new world." Magellan based his charts and maps on the most current information then available, and boldly circumnavigated the world. A few centuries later in their search...

Pastor’s Desk 11-08-2020

A young man applied for a job as a farm hand. When asked for his qualifications, he said, "I can sleep when the wind blows." This puzzled the farmer, but he liked the young man and hired him. A few days later, the farmer and his wife were awakened in the night by a...

Pastor’s Desk 11-01-2020

Elephantine shock therapy. The story has been told of a lion who was very proud. He decided to take a walk one day to demonstrate his mastery over all the other creatures. He strutted his way through the forest until he came across a bear. “WHO IS THE KING OF THE...

Vatican Corner 11-01-2020

When you enter St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, the whole building’s design is intended to direct your gaze upward towards the ceiling where you are basically shown the promise of heaven. But you may be missing something extra special if you don’t also look down...

Pastor’s Desk 11-01-2020

Elephantine shock therapy. The story has been told of a lion who was very proud. He decided to  take a walk one day to demonstrate his mastery over all the other creatures. He strutted his way through the forest until he came across a bear. “WHO IS THE KING OF THE...