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  • Queridos amigos en Cristo: (9/8/2019) - Necesitamos nuevos miembros del Consejo Pastoral   Queridos amigos en Cristo:   El rol del Consejo Pastoral Parroquial es crucial para la renovación continua de la parroquia. El Consejo Pastoral de San Carlos ha sido un gran apoyo en mi primer año como pastor. La tarea del Consejo Pastoral es llevar los puntos de vista y preocupaciones de los laicos al Pastor, y fomentar la responsabilidad colaborativa y participación de los fieles laicos en la misión de la Iglesia a nivel parroquial. La orientación y recomendaciones del Consejo han sido indispensables al navegar juntos por el panorama cambiante de las realidades parroquiales durante el año pasado. Han pasado varios años desde que San Carlos tuvo elecciones para nuevos miembros del consejo pastoral, por lo que estoy solicitando nominaciones para nuevos miembros. El Consejo Pastoral se reúne al menos seis veces al año y los miembros elegidos cumplen un mandato de… … Continue Reading…
  • Dear Friends in Christ, (9/8/2019) - Crucial to the work of ongoing renewal within the parish is the role of the Parish Pastoral Council.  The Pastoral Council at St. Charles has been a tremendous support to me in my first year as pastor.  The Pastoral Council’s charge is to bring the views and concerns of the laity to the Pastor and to foster the collaborative responsibility and participation of the lay faithful in the mission of the Church on the parish level.  The Council’s advice and guidance have been indispensable as we have sought to navigate together the changing landscape of parish realities over the past year.  It has been several years since St. Charles has had elections for new Pastoral Council members.  I am asking for nominations for new members to the Pastoral Council.  The Pastoral Council meets at least six times a year and elected members serve a three-year term with the possibility of… … Continue Reading…
  • Dear Friends in Christ, (8/29/2019) - Crucial to the work of ongoing renewal within the parish is the role of the Parish Pastoral Council.  The Pastoral Council at St. Charles has been a tremendous support to me in my first year as pastor.  The Pastoral Council’s charge is to bring the views and concerns of the laity to the Pastor and to foster the collaborative responsibility and participation of the lay faithful in the mission of the Church on the parish level.  The Council’s advice and guidance have been indispensable as we have sought to navigate together the changing landscape of parish realities over the past year.  It has been several years since St. Charles has had elections for new Pastoral Council members.  I am asking for nominations for new members to the Pastoral Council.  The Pastoral Council meets at least six times a year and elected members serve a three-year term with the possibility of… … Continue Reading…
  • Dear Friends in Christ, (1/20/2019) - At the wedding feast of Cana, Mary, the mother of Jesus, recognized a need of those gathered at a communal celebration and brought that need to Jesus. Through her intercession, the wedding couple and their family were not only saved from an embarrassing situation - running out of wine that would have shown a lack of hospitality, but through this surprising gesture, “Jesus revealed his glory and his disciples began to believe in him.” At the pastoral council meeting this past week, we spoke about the needs of the parish community that gather here on the weekends and thought about what simple gestures might make the weekend experience more hospitable and welcoming, especially for visitors and those who might have particular challenges that make it more difficult to come to Mass and to participate in the liturgy. We were thinking about the work of evangelization - what would make someone… … Continue Reading…
  • I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus (1 Cor. :4). (12/31/2018) - Having recently celebrated my first Thanksgiving at St. Charles as your new pastor, I have a new-found appreciation for these words of St. Paul with which he greeted the Christian community at Corinth. St. Paul marveled at the signs of the Lord’s presence within the community entrusted to his care and was confident that the Lord would provide for their needs. In a similar way, since beginning my assignment here in June, I have been struck by the dedication, faithfulness, and generosity of so many parishioners. I am also eager to see the blessings that the Lord has in store for this parish as we walk our journey of faith together. To facilitate future communications and to help us to serve better the needs of the parish, please make sure we have your family’s current contact information, especially cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Contact the parish office with updated… … Continue Reading…
  • Dear Friends in Christ, (9/16/2018) - I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as the pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish. I am grateful for all the pastors that I’ve had since my youth and since I was ordained a priest that have shown me what it means to be a pastor as Jesus the Good Shepherd has called us to be. We are formed through the method that Jesus used to form his disciples. It is through witness, example, and the sharing of life together - a life of faith expressed in deeds, not merely abstract teaching or a “how to” manual perfected over years of experience. Jesus said to his disciples, “Come and follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” I’ve had the privilege to follow and to live with some exemplary pastors who cared for me as a brother priest and taught be through that care to be sensitive… … Continue Reading…
  • Jesus provokes us to a deeper faith. Why am I a priest? Why do I stay with Jesus? (8/22/2018) - Dear Friends in Christ, Last week was a difficult and painful week with the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report and the continuing news coverage and ongoing revelations about the abuse of minors (and seminarians) at the hands of priests and the way such allegations were handled by those in authority. It is a tough time to be a priest and for any Catholic who publicly identifies him or herself as a practicing Catholic. Why would you be associated with a Church so full of scandal? Why do you stay Catholic or as a member of the Church? It is this very same question that Jesus poses to his disciples in today’s Gospel: “Do you also want to leave?” What Jesus said about himself in the Bread of Life discourse which we’ve been hearing over the last five Sundays was tremendously scandalous to his contemporaries. It was in many… … Continue Reading…
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