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Summer Time

We are at the peak of our summer season.  Today the forecast for here is a high of 88 degrees and hot, hazy, and humid. With summertime, many people are taking vacations.  I took some vacation time at the end of June before I began my new assignment.  Lately, I haven’t been writing much here […]

Settling In

Well, I have being at my new parish assignment for just over two weeks now.  The physical moving and unpacking is completely done.  Of the five churches, I have celebrated Sunday Masses at St. Januarius in Naples and St. Patrick’s in Prattsburgh.  I have celebrated Weekday Masses at St. Januarius in Naples, St. Michael’s Penn Yan, […]


It’s time to think about RCIA but first what is RCIA? RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. RCIA is the process by which a person joins the Catholic Church.  There are two general groups of people here.  First, those who have never been baptized in any Christian Church and, secondly, those […]

Asking Questions – Learning Something New

As I was reflecting on the readings for this coming Sunday this morning, I read something that caught my eye.  The second reading comes from the Letter of Paul to the Colossians.  From seminary, I always remembered that the only letter that Paul wrote to a community that he had not visited was his letter […]

What Do You Stand For?

This weekend we celebrate our nation’s independence.  On July 4, 1776, the colonists signed the Declaration of Independence.  The colonists had fought for representation so that their voices could be heard.  They declared their independence and fought the Revolutionary War for seven years.  They believed that all people have certain rights given by God that […]

Beginning the New Assignment

I arrived Tuesday afternoon (June 29th) at St. Michael’s Rectory to begin my new assignment at Our Lady of the Lakes.  It has only been two days so it has been quiet so far with activities focusing on unpacking and getting to know the parish.  I celebrated my first Mass here yesterday at noon at […]