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From Your Pastor, 1-29-2017

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

There has been a lot of good here at St. Mary over the past few weeks. For two weeks we hosted our brothers and sisters in need during our warming center. A great number of St. Mary parishioners and friends donated their time (especially grateful for those who covered ... Read More »

National Catholic School Week

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

“Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service” is the theme of National Catholic Schools Week 2017, the annual celebration that begins this Sunday, January 29, to focus attention on the good work of the nation’s Catholic schools. Our Catholic elementary and high schools integrate faith and values into ... Read More »

Stewardship: An Attitude of Gratitude

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

Most people are aware of the concept of Stewardship - recognizing everything we have is a gift from God, being grateful, developing our God given gifts and generously sharing those gifts with others. Gifts are typically categorized as time, talent and treasure. But how do we practice this in ... Read More »

St. Mary Women for Christ Winter Book Selection

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

St. Mary’s Women for Christ invite you to join our book discussion by reading the winter selection Resistance by Anita Shreve. Set in a Belgian village amid the wreckage of World War II, Resistance is a powerful exploration of passion, self discovery, and sacrifice. The book discussion for Resistance ... Read More »

Christian Service News 1-29-2017

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

“Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them,” (Mt. 5:7) Greetings everyone, Happy Sunday! Finally, a day to sit back and rest. Today we can turn off our phones, tablets, and computers. We are invited to enjoy the day by talking to our Lord and listening to ... Read More »

Stewardship Thoughts 1-29-2017

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

In addition to obeying the Ten Commandments, following the Eight Beatitudes professed in today’s Gospel from St. Matthew help us to embrace stewardship. The Beatitudes are a guideline for our behavior as we seek a deeper relationship with Christ — as we strive for holiness. During our journey forward, ... Read More »

RCIA—Their Journey of Faith “The Sacrament of Holy Orders”

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

“The sacrament of Holy Orders communicates a ‘sacred power’ which is none other than that of Christ. The exercise of this authority must therefore be measured against the model of Christ, who by love made himself the least and the servant of all.” CCC 1551

On January 22, the ... Read More »

Together We Can Do So Much!

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

Have you ever asked yourself, “What difference can I make, I am only one person?” God has often taken people of humble beginnings and lead them to do profound work in His name... A young virgin of little means became the Blessed Mother. St. Andrew, a fisherman, left all ... Read More »

Christian Service News 1-22-2017

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

 “You have given them dominion over the works of your hands” (Psalms 8:6) Greetings everyone, Happy New Year! Many of us have been so busy with the St. Mary Warming Shelter that we cannot believe it is already the middle of January. If you have not had the opportunity ... Read More »

Stewardship Thoughts 1-22-2017

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

In today’s Gospel passage, St. Matthew reflects on Isaiah’s prophesy in the First Reading: The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. This foreshadows what is accomplished in Christ Jesus. In the Old ... Read More »