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From the Pastoral Associate..., March 24, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

"God comes to us disguised as our life."  Paula D'Arcy, author & speaker, Inspired by Luke 22:54-62

This was not how pictured my life turning out.

All I ever wanted to do was fish.  I was born and raised on a fishing boat.  My father was a fisherman and ... Read More »

From the Pastoral Associate..., March 17, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

"So I have been assigned months of misery and troubled nights have been allotted to me.  I am filled with restlessness until the dawn.  I shall not see happiness again."  Job 7:3-4, 7b

Whenever I read from the book of Job I ache for him.  I ache for him ... Read More »

From the Pastoral Associate..., March 10, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

The Stations of the Cross

Join us each Friday during Lent, at 7 p.m., in the church, as we accompany, in spirit, our dearest Lord in His sorrowful journey to Calvary.  Let His journey of love inspire you. The Scrutinies

This weekend at the 9:00 a.m. Mass we will ... Read More »

Fred's Footnotes..., March 10, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

Dear Fellow St. Mary Parishioners,

In today's world we have all become more dependent on technology and the benefits we can use to improve our lives.  The church is no different.  We have been trying to improve our family data base to someday get to the point where we ... Read More »

From the Pastoral Associate..., March 3, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

Inspired by the 6th Station and John 8:2-11

She knew she had to there.

Seeing the mob already lining the street ahead of her sent her running towards them.  She struggled through the crowd to get to the front.  Her eyes scanned the street and immediately spotted the procession.  ... Read More »

From the Pastoral Associate..., Feb. 24th, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

"We take for four hours.  Well, I talked for four, and she listened for two."  Jarod Kintz, author

There's nothing worse then talking to someone and then immediately noticing that they are no longer present to you.

Their eyes drift over to the TV or to their laptop or ... Read More »

From the Pastoral Associate..., Feb. 17th, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

"For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin.  I do not understand my own actions.  For I do not want do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate."   St. Paul discussing his inner ... Read More »

From the Pastoral Associate..., Jan. 27, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

"My life is a mess.  I look about me and all I can see are my failures." Inmate, Thumb Correctional Facility

The same Lord, who reigns over all His creation, is indeed aware of the pain, hardships, sufferings in your life.  Please believe that God loves you.  Please believe ... Read More »

Fred's Footnotes..., Sun., Jan. 27th, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

Dear Fellow St. Mary Parishioners,

I would like to share some good news with everyone.  After all the money has been counted we nearly made our budget for the Christmas collection.  This year for Christmas through the generosity and commitment of our parish family we raised $54,084.  We had budgeted ... Read More »

From the Pastoral Associate..., Jan. 13, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

This was my prayer the other day and what I felt the Lord say to me: Lord, teach me how to pray. "Jesus was praying and heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him." based on Luke 3:21 I try to pray.  I try to sit and be ... Read More »