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  • Welcome

    Welcome to my little website.  When I was a newly ordained priest, my first pastor gave me a full page in the parish bulletin to fill each week.  He told me he did not care what I wrote about as long as I filled the page.  He explained that only 1/3 of the parish would hear me preach on any given Sunday because I celebrated two out of six parish Masses but every parishioner would read the bulletin so this was a way that I could reachout to them and they could get to know me better. After four years in the parish, I was transferred to another parish and as I was leaving many people asked me to send them my weekly bulletin column by e-mail and thus my internet ministry was born.  

    When I was trying to decide what to write about in my weekly bulletin article, I came across a quote from Archbishop Fulton Sheen that went something like "There are not a hundred people in the world who hate the Catholic Church for what we teach but there are thousands who hate the Catholic Church for what they think we teach."  With that quote in mind, I began to choose oen topic a month to explain more indepth the Church's teaching on those issues.  From those mustardseeds has blossomed this website filled with infomation about the Catholic faith that I find interesting and informative.  I invite you to take your time and explore the different teachings and reflections.  I hope above all that these things will ultimately lead you closer to God.
     
    Thank you and God bless,
    Fr. Thomas M. Pastorius

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    • April 23
      “He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying: ‘Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.’” -- St. Bernardine of Siena: Let us continue to look at St. Joseph as we examine St. Joseph’s Seven Sorrows.
    • April 16
      “Some Saints are privileged to extend to us their patronage with particular efficacy in certain needs, but not in others; but our holy patron St. Joseph has the power to assist us in all cases, in every necessity, in every undertaking.” -- St. Thomas Aquinas.  Let us continue our look at the person God chose to be the protector of the Blessed Virgin Mary by continuing our look at the Seven Sorrows of St. Joseph.
    • April 9
      “Those who give themselves to prayer should in a special manner have always a devotion to St. Joseph; for I know not how any man can think of the Queen of the angels, during the time that she suffered so much with the Infant Jesus, without giving thanks to St. Joseph for the services he rendered them then." -- St. Teresa of Avila.  Let us continue our look at the man the Father chose to be the adoptive Father of Jesus by continuing our look at the 7 Sorrows of St. Joseph.
    • April 2
      On March 19th, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Joseph the Husband of Mary and on May 1st the Church celebrates the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.   Saint John Paul II saw in St. Joseph the powerful intercessor our modern world needed when he declared: “Saint Joseph was a just man, a tireless worker, the upright guardian of those entrusted to his care. May he always guard, protect and enlighten families.”  To guide our reflections about Saint Joseph this month, I will be turning to the spiritual tradition of meditating on the Seven Sorrows of St. Joseph.  (I will reflect on the Seven Joys of St. Joseph sometime in the future.)
    • March 26
      As we continue our Lenten journey and reflecting upon the Cross let us prepare ourselves to go deeper by reflecting on this quote from St. Teresa of Avila: “Reflect carefully on this, for it is so important that I can hardly lay too much stress on it. Fix your eyes on the Crucified and nothing else will be of much importance to you,” and now this quote from theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar: “It is to the Cross that the Christian is challenged to follow his Master: no path of redemption can make a detour around it.”
    • March 19
      Let us begin today’s reflection  with a quote from Cardinal Thuan: “You have to make many sacrifices when you live in the midst of people who differ from you politically, socially, and ideologically.  But look at the example of Jesus.  He Who is God chose to live among humanity I thirty-three years of continual sacrifice.”
    • March 12
      According to St. Augustine the Cross can be described as “The death of the Lord our God should not be a cause of shame for us; rather, it should be our greatest hope, our greatest glory. In taking upon himself the death that he found in us, he has most faithfully promised to give us life in him, such as we cannot have of ourselves.”  Therefore, as we continue to dive deeper into the lessons that the Cross is trying to teach us let us ask God for the gift of wisdom.
    • March 5
      St. Maximilian once described “the Cross is the school of love.” St. Francis De Sales called “the cross the academy of love.”  Seizing on the wisdom expressed in the quotes from St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Francis DeSales, I think it is important that each Catholic take time to explore the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ death in many different ways.  One ancient way the Church has helped its members do this is through a devotion that focuses the Christian on the last Seven Words of Christ.  I invite you therefore to reflect with me on these last seven words.
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    • Tuesday, May 23, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      Come and join us for an hour of prayer as we explore God's action in our lives. A guest speaker will share with us his or her faith journey.
    • Tuesday, June 27, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      Come and join us for an hour of prayer as we explore God's action in our lives. A guest speaker will share with us his or her faith journey.
    • Tuesday, July 25, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      Come and join us for an hour of prayer as we explore God's action in our lives. A guest speaker will share with us his or her faith journey.
    • Tuesday, August 22, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      Come and join us for an hour of prayer as we explore God's action in our lives. A guest speaker will share with us his or her faith journey.
    • Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      Come and join us for an hour of prayer as we explore God's action in our lives. A guest speaker will share with us his or her faith journey.
    • Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      Come and join us for an hour of prayer as we explore God's action in our lives. A guest speaker will share with us his or her faith journey.
    • Tuesday, November 28, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      Come and join us for an hour of prayer as we explore God's action in our lives. A guest speaker will share with us his or her faith journey.
    • Tuesday, December 26, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      Come and join us for an hour of prayer as we explore God's action in our lives. A guest speaker will share with us his or her faith journey.
    • Tuesday, January 23, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      Come and join us for an hour of prayer as we explore God's action in our lives. A guest speaker will share with us his or her faith journey.
    • Tuesday, February 27, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      Come and join us for an hour of prayer as we explore God's action in our lives. A guest speaker will share with us his or her faith journey.