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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

As in the first reading today, God may not be in the tornadoes or earthquakes or roaring fires, nor does He cause them perhaps, but He is ever near to His true children when such calamities occur. He has a purpose in every trial or tribulation which crosses the path of our lives, a purpose always to our eternal advantage if only we will see and accept his will in these trials. To view this week’s bulletin, click HERE.  ...

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

For those of you who have recently been in St. Gabriel Church you have noticed the new mural of St. Joseph. It is an attractive depiction with St. Joseph wearing his carpenter’s smock. Three other murals will be arriving – Our Blessed Mother, St. Gabriel and St. Gertrude. We have been in search of a St. Damien statue. They, as you might imagine, are not plentiful. Also, the ones that we have come across have not been pleasing to the eye. An Italian artist has been commissioned to carve a wooden statue of St. Damien and paint him with color tones similar to the statue of Mary. The statue will be similar to the depiction seen when signing up to attend weekend Masses. The......

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Since the archdiocesan pastoral planning process has begun it has been anticipated that Saint Gertrude Parish would close its doors and be welcomed into Saint Damien of Molokai Parish. I have received word from Archbishop Blair that as of September 1, 2020, Saint Damien of Molokai Parish will welcome the former Saint Gertrude parishioners as part of our parish. This is obviously a very painful process for the parishioners of Saint Gertrude. In many ways it is like a death for them with a genuine necessity for them to grieve. Their pastor of thirty-two years, Father Barry, will enter in Senior Priest Status as of that date. While we experienced our own merging pains with the formation of Saint Damien’s, neither of our former......

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

I am pleased to report that our first weekend back to Mass went very well. Everyone came prepared with their mask. Seating was predetermined to ensure social distancing and, most of all, everyone was patient with the process. The church is sanitized between Masses. I thank our cleaning crew for taking on this very thorough task. I thank our ushers and greeters for keeping everything in good order. I know not that all of you are not ready to come back to our weekend Masses but I have to say that it felt very good to have people back inside the church. We all have our personal prayer life with God, as we should, but there is also the communal dimension of praying together.......

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 26th we celebrated the 2020 St. Gabriel School graduation with a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Gabriel Church. The graduation had to be delayed due to the pandemic, but it did not minimize the pride and excitement of the evening. It was a fitting finale to a very out of the ordinary year. The twenty-four graduates are models of resiliency. Their accomplishments are many and we know that the best is yet to come. Many of the students are going on to a Catholic high school. The school provides a solid education not only academically, but builds social, emotional and faith dimensions that make up the entire person. May God bless the Class of 2020. On June 27th I was privileged to attend......

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