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Scheduling Our Time

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

Life can be a constant blur of activity. Families have their children’s sports and school schedules posted on the refrigerator. Retirees complain they don’t know how they had time to work, because they are so busy now. Many people feel they are overwhelmed with work and personal schedules. Technology ... Read More »

From Fr. Paul 1-8-2017

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

Happy New Year! I pray that for all of us, 2017 will be a year of health, joy, peace and deeper faith in Jesus Christ. I would like to thank all of you who helped to welcome our guests at the Christmas Masses. Our maintenance staff cleaned our church ... Read More »

From the Pastoral Associate... 1-8-2017

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

“See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples;” Isaiah 60:2a Is there a dark cloud that covers you? Are you aware of a shadowy cloud hovering above you that causes you to feel ill at ease? Do you understand what sort of weather the prophet Isaiah ... Read More »

Making All Things New

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

Stewardship and New Year Resolutions

Stewardship is a commitment of mind and heart to the Lord; a way of life that needs constant renewal and transformation. This time of year has always been one of looking forward to a new year, reflecting on the changes we need to make ... Read More »

From the Pastoral Associate... 1-1-2017

Posted by Tanya Graettinger

“Tell me you didn’t just say that?!” We’ve all had moments when we’ve said something that we wished we hadn’t. Boy, that’s an awful feeling, isn’t it? Okay, don’t think about it anymore. But do you remember a time when your words were used for encouraging a person? Do ... Read More »

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 »