Category Archives: Pastor’s Notes Archive

Dominica in Albis

This Sunday has many names. The first is Dominica in Albis, meaning Sunday in white, because the newly baptized wore their white garments to Mass on this Sunday. This is also called Low Sunday. No one is quite sure where this name comes from, but it would seem that this Sunday of the Octave of…
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Easter Sunday

Whatever I can say about the glory of Easter pales to what George Herbert, Anglican priest and poet, said in his wonderful poem I have oft quoted. So read, meditate and enjoy this Easter Gift, all who love and support our wonderful parish dedicated to Our Lady! Rise heart; thy Lord is risen. Sing his praise…
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Palm Sunday

Holy Week begins with what I call the Day of Irony. The first part of the Mass includes the Procession with palms, recalling Christ’s entry into Jerusalem before his Passion and Death. The texts of the Traditional Roman Rite, which we use at St Mary’s all through Holy Week, preserve this irony: the One entering…
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Holy Week at St. Mary’s

Next week begins the most important week in the Liturgical Year, the week we call Holy. It is these days that we recall in the deepest liturgical sense those events in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ that bought us our salvation and give us hope of eternal life when we die. St. Mary’s…
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Fourth Sunday of Lent

Laetare Sunday every year marks what the French call “mi-carême”, mid-Lent. It gets its name from the first words of the Introit of the Day: “Laetare, Jerusalem”: Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and come together all you who love her; rejoice with joy, you who have been in sorrow.” So on this Sunday in Lent we set…
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Third Sunday of Lent

One of the best ways to keep a holy and profitable Lent is to come to the parish Lenten Mission. The Mission will begin on Sunday 4 March at 7:30 p.m. and will continue on the following Monday and Tuesday. We are blessed to have Father Michael Novajosky as the preacher of the Mission. The…
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Second Sunday of Lent

The revolution of the earth around the sun is one year. That sentence may seem strange to us, because it uses the word “revolution” in its original sense, dealing with a body circling around a fixed point. The revolution of a triangle about a fixed axis generates what we call a cone. It is a…
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First Sunday of Lent

In a way it is a wonderful thing that Lent is imposed on us by the Church. For, left to ourselves, we would not fast or deepen our prayer life or make doing things for others a priority. We might think about these things, but like so much else in our spiritual lives, we think…
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Preparing for Lent

We welcome with joy and thanks Father Donald Kloster to St. Mary’s parish as our curate (parochial vicar). Please make yourself known to Father Kloster and welcome him personally. As I have previously said about myself, a wonderful way to get to know a priest is to invite him to your house for dinner. I…
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