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You Are My Witness

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 5/27/20

So, is Pentecost a noun or a verb?  In some of my reading, I recall that Pentecost is God’s way of being and acting because God is always “pentecosting” us through life and creation.  What Jesus said at Ascension still remains valid and indispensable: “You be My witness”. We are ... Read More »

The Joy That Is Mine Today

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 5/10/20

  ”A million tomorrows may all pass away, Ere I forget, all the joy that is mine today.” New Christy Minstrels, 1964

The pages of yesterday can be filled with success and fulfilled promises or failure and regrets.  The pen is in our hand. Every moment of our ... Read More »

Any Dream Will Do

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 4/27/20

So, my Church,

For some strange reason, the words from “Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” have been wafting through my mind and thoughts.  “I closed my eyes, drew back the curtainTo see for certain what I thought I knew.Far far away, someone was weeping,But the world was ... Read More »

Choosing A Right Attitude

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 4/26/20

Kathy, the parish Social Media Coordinator reminded me that it’s been awhile since I wrote something for my blog (Thanks, Kathy).  I told her I was tired of writing and she basically said: “Soooo?”  Well, here’s a thought or two.  See if you can guess where my mind is.

We need to realize that having a good life together depends on our willingness to always choose the right attitude for another ... Read More »

Waiting

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 4/05/20

“Waiting is not popular. In fact, most people consider waiting a waste of time. Perhaps this is because the culture in which we live is basically saying, “Get going! Do something! Show you are able to make a difference! Don’t just sit there and wait!” For many people, ... Read More »

Which We Are About To Receive

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 4/04/20

Just a short hiatus, please?  I don’t know if you caught the news some years ago—an American icon, Barbara Billingsley, passed to eternal life (2010).  Probably many don’t know her as anyone else but June Cleaver.  June, Ward, Wally and the “Beav.”  Talk about a journey back to ... Read More »

Hosanna, Hosanna

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 4/04/20

The liturgy of Palm Sunday includes a reading of the Passion.  While the hosannas ring in our ears, we are reminded that the shouts of praise soon turned to “crucify Him!”

Palm Sunday is a feast for those who know how and why to celebrate in the face of ... Read More »

To the City and the World

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 3/30/20

“When evening had come” (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like this. For weeks now it has been evening”.  Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets, and our cities”; this begins a reflection by Pope Francis on the passage in Mark’s Gospel ( ... Read More »

A Joyful Lent

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 3/01/20

A few days ago, I was thumbing through the Lenten Prefaces in the Missal (I know, I know--get a life) and came across the words where we “thank God for this joyful season.” Honestly, we really don’t often think of Lent as a joyful season, but rather one ... Read More »

Pray a Little; Pray a Lot

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 2/28/20

At the beginning of Lent, Pope Francis emphasizes the importance of prayer during Lent, as a means of responding to God’s love, “which always precedes and sustains us”. We are also called to hear and respond to the Word of Jesus, in order to experience “the mercy He ... Read More »