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No Such Thing as Normal PDF Print E-mail

Happy New Year to all!

The ball has dropped, the toasts have been made and life is returning to normalcy.  It shouldn’t be, though!

After celebrating the beautiful season of Advent and experiencing the holiness of Christmas, there is no way we should be settling for “normalcy.”  What is normal, anyway?  Is it settling for the status quo?  Is it letting the beautiful lessons of this season just wash over us and leave no impact?  Is it putting away the Christmas decorations and closing those boxes while closing our minds too?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 12:03
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Reflective Giving PDF Print E-mail

By Pat Haggerty

We so often hear that Christmas is a season of giving.  And that it is!  We see people rushing around with their Christmas lists looking for that perfect gift.  We are inundated with mail seeking donations for every possible non-profit---and some organizations we have never even heard of.  We are bombarded with catalogs that illustrate all the possible gifts we can procure this year.  We see ad after ad on television that suggest just what to buy.  The one that gets me is the person who gives a car with a big red bow on it.  Now, really, how many people get a car for Christmas!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 12:03
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The Advent Wreath PDF Print E-mail

By Pat Haggerty

We have survived Black Friday and Cyber-Monday!  What’s next?  Retailers have been pushing the spirit of Christmas since Halloween, and radio stations can now legitimately play Christmas songs.  Our newspapers are thick with advertisements for all those things we need to buy.  The Hallmark Channel has its countdown of holiday-themed shows where everyone finds true love, and Santa always has a mischievous twinkle in his eye.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 12:04
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In Praise of Stewards PDF Print E-mail

By Pat Haggerty

Over the weekend our parish held a Stewardship Fair.  Many parishes do that, and no doubt you are familiar with the process.  Tables or booths are set up representing each ministry in the church.  Representatives of these ministries are present to discuss their ministry and, hopefully, recruit new ministers for the cause.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 November 2012 16:17
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Let Go and. . . PDF Print E-mail

By Pat Haggerty

I have a confession to make.  I have to be honest about something.  There is a certain saying that I avoid---or at least gulp before saying it.  I get a lump in my throat and a pause in my thinking.  It is this one:  “let go and let God.”  Sometimes, when I am in our Parish Gift Shop, I even circumvent the area where I know there are little knick knacks bearing this slogan.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 November 2012 16:18
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