Pastoral Message

I am going to confess to one of my silly little sins. I watch You Tube videos. I’m humbled and slightly ashamed to admit it – just like in Confession. There is such ridiculous stuff on there which is a mix of the lowest culture, conspiracy theories, fraudulent businesses, and human depravity. If you want to see just how useless YouTube is, type in “10 hours of goats screaming”. There are literally 100s of videos of goats, sheep and other ruminants

To the People of God at Saints Simon & Jude Catholic Parish My thanks to all of you for welcoming my wife Pamela and me to this church community a bit more than six years ago. We had spent several years at St. Mary’s by the Sea Parish, including my years in formation, and had no idea what to expect on being assigned to Saints Simon & Jude. All we knew for sure was that this was a much larger parish,

We Become What We Receive  Have you ever asked why we, the church, celebrate the special feast of the Body and Blood of Christ even though we can receive the Eucharist every day? As I looked up the history of the feast, I discovered an interesting story of how the feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus came into being. In 1263, there was a priest named Peter of Prague who was having doubts of faith about the real presence of Christ

As we celebrate Trinity Sunday, I thought that it might be helpful to give you some background on our belief in the Trinity as well as our basis for that belief. From the time of Abraham, the Jews were monotheists—they believed in and worshipped only one god. This stands out because most ancient societies were polytheistic—they believed in and worshiped multiple gods. As monotheists, the Jews struggled with the radical claims that Jesus was the “Son” of their one God and

Hey Y’all, As Catholic Christians we’re celebrating Pentecost this weekend! Alleluia! Thinking of Pentecost, you might remember that original event described in the 2nd Chapter of Acts of the Apostles, when the Holy Spirit came down like tongues of fire on the folks assembled in Jerusalem. Here’s a little context to Acts 2. Pentecost a couple thousand years ago was a Jewish harvest feast that was mandated by Torah. Pentecost is also known by the Hebrew name, Shavuot, and it’s also known as

Blessings and peace be with you! Happy Feast of the Ascension! Today’s celebration marks the fortieth day after Easter Sunday, which commemorates the Ascension of Christ into heaven, according to Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51, and Acts 1:2. Tradition designates Mount Olives near Bethany as the place where Christ left the earth. The proper feast falls on Thursday. It is one of the Ecumenical feasts ranking with the feasts of the Passion, Easter and of Pentecost, among the most solemn in the

Rules or Relationships? A couple of months ago, I watched a movie about the early history of the McDonald’s Corporation. It all started with a restaurant in San Bernardino owned by two brothers - Dick and Mac McDonald. As they began to expand from their original location with the help of Ray Kroc, they quickly ran into issues maintaining quality and consistency across the chain. Every restaurant was supposed to follow a strict set of rules and to serve precisely the

I get a lot of advice from our fellow parishioners. A lot of our parishioners love to share their opinions with me. I’m happy to hear both. I’ll answer you as best I can. For example, I have heard that the guitar is too loud at Mass. I have other folks tell me that they can’t hear Fr. T ‘cuz he talks softly. Some of you say when I speak I’m incomprehensible. Well, I can tell you that the guitar

Blessings and peace be with you. May Almighty God continue to guide us and bless us with good health, strong faith and renewed hope. Today, on Good Shepherd Sunday, Jesus revealed himself as a good shepherd who knows his own flock and is a sacrifice for them: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” (John 10:11-18) What a joyful and

“Do you love me more than these?” This is the beginning of the commission Jesus gives to Peter at the end of John’s Gospel. It is also His question and commission to each of us two thousand years later. I just took my dad to see Mark Wahlberg’s movie, Fr. Stu. It’s the story of a man who decides to become a priest later in life. As it turns out, the real Fr. Stu actually attended the same seminary (Mt. Angel

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