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Pastor's Notes

Pastor's Notes

A Note from Fr. Patrick

Posted by Fr. David Barnes

This week we have a special note from Father Patrick Fiorillo:

Dear Friends in Christ,

As I move into my 3rd month here at St. Patrick’s, I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you a little bit more about myself. When I first introduced myself, some of ... Read More »

Beauty Wounds

Posted by Fr. David Barnes

Dear Friends in Christ,

Pope Benedict XVI once said that “beauty wounds.” Benedict explains that when we encounter beauty, it is like an arrow that pierces us and awakens in us a desire for our ultimate destiny. Instead of satisfying us completely, it deepens our longing for ultimate beauty. ... Read More »

A Few Updates

Posted by Fr. David Barnes

Dear Friends in Christ,

I want to take this opportunity to provide a few updates in terms of our life together. The first has to do with the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Beginning this Monday, as an experiment, there will be a priest available for confessions Monday thru Friday before ... Read More »

A Reminder on Receiving the Eucharist

Posted by Fr. David Barnes

Dear Friends in Christ,

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord, traditionally referred to as, “Corpus Christi.” One of the things I always notice when I go to a parish is the manner in which people receive the Blessed Sacrament and how ... Read More »

A “Think Out Loud” Moment

Posted by Fr. David Barnes

Dear Friends in Christ,

I am a “think out loud” kind of person. I often joke that I have to be careful about that around here because the parish staff is so efficient that if I ever said out loud during one of my pondering moods, “Maybe we should ... Read More »

We are indeed one body in Christ

Posted by Fr. David Barnes

Dear Friends in Christ,

I have had many experiences in my life as a priest that seem somewhat surreal. As an example, I recall many years ago being in my car on the way to go food shopping. As I came around the bend in the road, I saw ... Read More »

The Significance of Subtle Events

Posted by Fr. David Barnes

Dear Friends in Christ,

Although it is often “big events” that we recall with greater vividness, it seems that what shapes us in more significant ways are those small, subtle, and seemingly insignificant moments that occupy the vast majority of our days. For example, we may quickly recall a ... Read More »

Let's Keep Praying for One Another

Posted by Fr. David Barnes

Dear Friends in Christ,

I may have mentioned this to you before, but one of the “duties” of a pastor of a parish is to offer Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation for the people of his parish. That does not mean simply saying Mass in the ... Read More »

Being New

Posted by Fr. David Barnes

Dear Friends in Christ,

Last weekend a young man coming out of church said to me, “Father, maybe you could let people know that the Creed is found on the first page of the book in our pews.” He said, “If you’re new, you might not know the Creed.” ... Read More »

Christ the Good Shepherd makes himself known

Posted by Fr. David Barnes

Dear Friends in Christ,

Many years ago, I think before you could take photos with your phone, I was in Rome and was visiting the catacombs one afternoon. It was a beautiful, warm sunny day and, in typical Italian fashion, the catacombs were closed for lunch! I decided I ... Read More »