Browsing the 2022 archive of Fr. Bob's Columns

Second Sunday of Advent

Posted by Christine Rasure on 12/04/22

Second Sunday of Advent – “Repent!” But who likes to repent?Today in the Gospel, John the Baptist is busy getting people prepared for the Coming of the Messiah by warning us, “Repent! For the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” There is an urgency about John’s ministry – the ... Read More »

First Sunday of Advent

Posted by Christine Rasure on 11/26/22

First Sunday of Advent – “Be Prepared!”A long, long time ago I was once a Boy Scout in Troop 336 at St. Michael’s Parish in Shrewsbury. One of the things that I learned from my Boy Scout manual was the Boy Scout Motto, “Be Prepared!”  A well-trained Scout was ... Read More »

Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Posted by Christine Rasure on 11/19/22

Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – Do we really have a king?Today’s solemn feast is the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year; next Sunday begins the Season of Advent.  So on this present Sunday, we reflect on Jesus in an unaccustomed way – Christ ... Read More »

Is time running out?

Posted by Christine Rasure on 11/11/22

 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – “Is time running out?”No, I am not talking about a hockey or football game. Rather, the Word of God this weekend lets us know that “Lo, the day is coming…” and “the days will come… .”  The Church is letting us know the ... Read More »

One Bride for Seven Brothers?

Posted by Christine Rasure on 11/04/22

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – One Bride for Seven Brothers?Today’s Gospel story would never have made it in Hollywood; the musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” was more delightful. The Sadducees’ tragic make-believe story about one bride enduring the death of seven different brothers, each becoming her husband ... Read More »

Solemnity of All Saints

Posted by Christine Rasure on 10/28/22

Solemnity of All Saints – Tuesday, November 1Tuesday’s liturgy, a Holy Day of obligation, celebrates all those “saints” down through the centuries who have faithfully lived in the life of Christ and his Church here on earth and are now with our Lord in heaven. This communion of saints ... Read More »

Persistent in Prayer? Persistent in Seeking Justice?

Posted by Christine Rasure on 10/15/22

29th Sunday In Ordinary Time: Persistent in Prayer? Persistent in Seeking Justice?In the Gospel today, we have Jesus sharing a fairly well-known parable of the “persistent widow” and the “unjust judge.” Jesus’ listeners would have thought that this was like David vs. Goliath; the widow would have no chance ... Read More »

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Christine Rasure on 10/04/22

Thanking Jesus For Healing Us?In this familiar Gospel story, we hear about Jesus healing a leper who is not a Jew but a Samaritan. This large group lived in the Holy Land between Galilee in the north and Jerusalem and Judea in the south.  There was great animosity between ... Read More »

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Christine Rasure on 9/29/22

“How long, O Lord? I cry for help but you do not listen?”When life is not going well for us, how much faith do we have in the Lord? Only a little bit the size of a tiny mustard seed? Well, Jesus says it is enough! Enough to move ... Read More »

75 Years of Worshipping Together

Posted by Christine Rasure on 9/22/22

Congratulations To All Of Us In the St. Bernadette Parish Family – 75 Years of Worshipping Together – 1947-2022Father John Feckter, the founding pastor of St. Bernadette Parish, must have been a real go-getter. On September 4, 1947, he was appointed pastor of this new parish to serve the ... Read More »