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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 »

From the Pastoral Associate..., Jan. 6th, 2013

Posted by Fred Elias

"Just gimme some light so I can see."

Illumination.  It guides, it warms, it eases fears and reveals what is around us.

The light within a person can do the same.

Like the dawn, light from within can come slowly.  The dawn of realization.  The dawn of discovery.  The ... Read More »

From the Pastoral Associate..., Dec. 30, 2012

Posted by Fred Elias

“But I thought you had the kid?!” Having just celebrated the feast of the Passover in Jerusalem, a married couple was traveling by caravan returning home. “Joseph did you feed the camels before we left?” “Yes, Mary, I did. I had to ask my cousin’s boy to help me ... Read More »

From Father Steve on the week of Dec., 23rd, 2012...

Posted by Fred Elias

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, ... Read More »

From the Pastoral Associate on the week of Dec. 23, 2012...

Posted by Fred Elias

Yup, that’s me.

Your pastoral associate pictured with the Emmy winning, Oscar awarded, Grammy recipient and two-timed Tony award winning actor; James Earl Jones. He is best known, of course, as the voice of Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” movies. But there are some interesting facts about ... Read More »

FRED'S FOOTNOTES on the Week of Dec. 23rd, 2012

Posted by Fred Elias

Dear Fellow St. Mary Parishioners,

This past year has gone by in a blur. We have seen continuous growth here at St. Mary. The number of registered parishioners continues to grow and our school population continues to in- crease. I would like to think we are doing something right ... Read More »