Categories: From the Pastor's Desk

Clogged Pipes

When you’ve been around old rectories for a while you start to learn a lot about boilers, pipes, rooves, bricks and all the rest.  One of the things that’s true about 120-year-old rectories is that often enough the plumbing is 120 years old.  That’s the case at St. Paul.  We had a study done a […]

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Categories: Church, From the Pastor's Desk

What is a parish?

What is a parish?  How does a parish fit into the structure of a diocese, and the church as a whole?  It’s worth reflecting on these questions since a lot of Catholics have no idea about how the church is structured.  If Catholics even think about their parishes, often enough they’re thinking like Protestants or Evangelicals… and without knowing it they have walked away from what the church teaches about parishes, and the universal call to salvation that Jesus wants his church to announce.

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Categories: Church, From the Pastor's Desk, Humanity

Reflections on Beauty

Reflections on Beauty I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately about the transcendental… the 3 essential qualities human beings desire and seek.  They are beauty, truth, and goodness.  Some people add a fourth, justice.  Philosophers have been thinking about these for centuries, and I think it’s very important that we moderns do some thinking […]

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