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  • Queridos amigos en Cristo: (9/8/2019) - Les escribo para invitarlos a participar en la Campaña de Apelación de la parroquia, una tradición anual en nuestra parroquia y en toda la Arquidiócesis. San Carlos está agradecido por su generosidad anterior y cuenta con su participación para el continuo bienestar espiritual y financiero de la parroquia. La importancia de esta apelación es doble. Mediante la recopilación de información del censo y comentarios de nuestra comunidad parroquial, podemos adaptar nuestros programas y ministerios para satisfacer mejor las necesidades de nuestra parroquia. Cualquier sugerencia para mejorar el cuidado pastoral de la parroquia será leída personalmente por mí y llevada a discusión de nuestro consejo pastoral. La administración también incluye compartir nuestro tiempo y el talento. Si está buscando una manera de ser voluntario o participar en un ministerio en particular, indique su interés en la tarjeta de respuesta adjunta. Además, esta apelación proporciona los recursos necesarios para que la parroquia… … Continue Reading…
  • Dear Friends in Christ, (9/8/2019) - I am writing to invite you to participate in the parish Stewardship Appeal, an annual tradition in our parish and throughout the Archdiocese. St. Charles is grateful for your past generosity and counts on your participation for the ongoing spiritual and financial well-being of the parish. The importance of this appeal is twofold. Through the gathering of census information and feedback from our parish community, we can tailor our programs and ministries to best serve the needs of our parish. Any suggestions for the improved pastoral care of the parish will be read by me personally and brought to the discussion of our pastoral council. Stewardship also includes sharing of one’s time and talent. If you are looking for a way to volunteer or to participate in a particular ministry, please indicate your interest on the enclosed response card. In addition, this appeal provides needed resources for the parish to… … 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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