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Christian Service Bulletin 1-1-2017

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

“Here I am send me.” Greetings everyone, Happy New Year! May this year be filled with blessings for all of us? Don’t you find the beginning of a new year exciting? It is a time often filled with hope. We are hopeful that 2017 will be better than 2016. ... Read More »

From Fr. Paul 12-25-2016

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

Welcome to St. Mary this Christmas! We are here as parishioners and guests, visitors who come each year, and visitors here for their first time, families and strangers. But we are all here together as one family in this sacred place this day, for one reason. Together, today we ... Read More »

From the Pastoral Associate... 12-25-2016

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” William Shakespeare—The Merchant of Venice Illumination. It guides, it warms, it eases fears and reveals what is around us. On a dark night and without obstacles in its path, a candle flame ... Read More »

Lessons from the Christmas Story

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

Lesson from the Infant Jesus There is no shame in being poor.

It is interesting to note that while throughout his adult life Jesus always taught us to give and to serve, He first came into this world as one who needed assistance. It was no accident that He ... Read More »

From the Pastoral Associate... 12-18-2016

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

“Courage is being scared to death— but saddling up anyway.” John Wayne, movie actor & director Because we are both human and complex, we can have the duality of faith and fear at the same time. Yes, we are God’s beloved children and we are also the children of ... Read More »

Stewardship Thoughts 12-18-2016

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

A common thread linking today’s Scripture readings is the prophecy of Emmanuel, a name that translates to God is with us. Both the passage from Isaiah and St. Matthew’s Gospel express this prophecy about Jesus Christ. In the Gospel, an angel visits Joseph in a dream, revealing that Mary ... Read More »

Christian Service News 12-18-2016

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

 “God is with us” (Matthew 1:23) Greetings everyone, Are you prepared to carry out the “Mission” that Jesus called each of us to undertake? We see in today’s Gospel that Joseph was called to be with Mary and be the guardian of Jesus, the Messiah. I am sure he ... Read More »

From Fr. Paul 12-11-2016

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

We are now in our third week of Advent.  This Sunday is our Sunday to rejoice in hope.  We light the 3rd candle and see the light increase.  The candle is a rose or pink colored one to show a bit of joy as the celebration of Christ's birth ... Read More »

From the Pastoral Associate... 12-11-2016

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

Today we light the 3rd Advent candle, the pink or rose colored candle representing joy. Where do you find joy? Our expressions of joy can be just as different as where we encounter joy. Where do you find joy? As you light the third candle today, think of where ... Read More »

Welcome Weekend in December

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

Our first Welcome Weekend in November was a big success, 12 families took welcome packets to consider registering and becoming part of our parish family. Our next Welcome Weekend will be on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, December 17th and 18th. I will be available after all the Masses ... Read More »