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Pastor's Pen, 6th Regular Sunday

First things first, as you know we just finished a wonderful week of activities in celebration of our feast, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. We had over 30 come to see the movie, “The Song of Bernadette,” 350 for the fiesta and a packed church for a celebration of the Feast Mass on Tuesday.


Pastor's Pen, for The 5th Sunday

When I first became Pastor of St Anne’s Catholic Church in Jamaica, I think the people took a wait-and-see attitude.  They wondered who’s this priest from Foreign?  After some months, things changed.  In prepar


Pastor's Pen, Presentation of The Lord

When I was still in Jamaica, the Father General of the Jesuits, Fr Nicolas, spoke to us of a problem we have in the Jesuits.  He said we are good at celebrating our successes.  For example, he said when a Jesuit publishes a new book, his Community holds a sort of “victory” pa


Pastor's Pen, for The 3rd Sunday

I’ve given only a few retreats but it is often the case that at the end of a retreat participants set for themselves very lofty expectations.  For example, after a few days of consoling prayer one may think they need to completely reform their Christian life, that is, they need to


Parish Bulletin & Website

Thanks for those of you expressing interest in the online bulletin, I’ll try to answer your questions. As you may be aware, the website crashed (non-fatal, sustaining no losses) on October 25th, 2013.


Pastor's Pen, for The 2nd Sunday

The holiest person I ever met was a Jesuit from the United States named Fr. Joe. Part of our experience as novices was to be visited by an older, wider and holier Jesuit. In one of our classes, Fr. Joe was asked what he was most grateful for.  Fr.


Pastor's Pen, Baptism of The Lord

Once a month I say Mass at the Grace Hospital.  One of the residents is an older man who knows no English.  I have noticed that during the Mass he always has to be holding someone’s hand.  Even after the mass when I visit with him, he again, has to hold


Pastor's Pen, Epiphany of The Lord

When I was in Jamaica there was a woman who lived near the church.  Every time she saw me, she would ask for a bit of money, for help.  Some days, towards the end of the month, when money was low, I have to admit that sometimes I would try and hide from her.  One day as


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