Category: From the Pastor

March 25: An Important Message from Fr. Jim

March 25: An Important Message from Fr. Jim

My dear friends in Christ, Martha and Mary were overcome with grief at the death of their brother Lazarus. Compounding their sorrow was Jesus’ absence at the time they needed him the most. They were not only disciples but also Jesus’ personal friends. He came often to their home in Bethany as a place of rest and renewal. When Jesus finally arrives, the sisters fall at his feet and with great anguish cry out, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Why, at their darkest hour, did he appear to be abandoning them? Death would

A Message from Fr. Jim

A Message from Fr. Jim

On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind

Announcing Our Collaborative Pastoral Plan

Announcing Our Collaborative Pastoral Plan

This weekend, December 7-8, we will be distributing copies of our newly-completed Collaborative Pastoral Plan – a vision that articulates areas of focus and growth within our Collaborative over the next three years. The plan is available here on the website and will also be distributed via email to all parishioners on our email list (if you’re not on our email list, please visit either parish website to sign up!)  The packet will include a letter from Fr. Jim, explaining the process of prayerful reflection and active discussion that has taken place over the past couple of years to create

A Collaborative Update from Fr. Jim: Where Are We Going?

A Collaborative Update from Fr. Jim: Where Are We Going?

March 2018 My dear friends in Christ, Tempus fugit, so the saying goes. It is hard for me to believe that it has been nearly two years since I became pastor of the two wonderful parishes of St. Paul and St. John the Evangelist.  I am so grateful for the warm reception I have received and continue to be inspired by your faith and commitment to living out your vocations as disciples of Jesus Christ. I’d like to take a moment to reflect on where we have been in the last year and a half and where we are going as a collaborative. A