June 17, 2018
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In 1950, the St. Charles parishioners who planted two cedar seedlings over on Killingworth to mark the driveway entrance into the parish and school never imagined that those trees would grow to such heights that 67 years later they were crowding power lines and buckling the sidewalk.
Sr. Phyllis Jaszkowiak
June 10, 2018
10th Sunday in Ordinary Time
This April I made a Pilgrimage / Retreat in Assisi, Italy. One of the places we visited was Greccio, the small mountain town where St. Francis first enacted the Birth of Christ with live people and animals. One of the displays was a room of Christmas crèches from around the world. As I looked from one crèche to another, I finally began to notice that the people in the crèche, Mary, Joseph, Jesus, shepherds, angels, looked like the country from which the crèche was sent. Those from South Africa, Japan, Native American, countries of Europe, the people looked like people from that country and wore the clothes of that country.
May 27, 2018
Feast of the Holy Trinity
Lucy, my daughter loves her accessories! Lol, to get her out the door with only two purses, 5 dolls, a bucket, 1 hat, 2 pairs of sunglasses, and 5 kinds of snacks, is a 10 minute negotiation! At two years old, appropriately, she doesn’t yet know what she really needs and so she wants everything. What Lucy really loves is to go for walks, go to the park, and to go to St. Charles. Those are the things that make her really happy! but she misses out on so much of these experience because she spends too much time trying to gather and hold all of her babies, sunglasses, and purses in her arms, which turns into a hilarious, but never-ending, dilemma of dropping one while trying to pick up the last one she dropped.
May 13, 2018
Ascension of the Lord (and Mother's Day)
You have likely heard some form of the adage that “faith is more caught than taught.” And, while teaching the basics of faith is important, the adage is, for the most part, true. And along these lines, recent studies show that faith transmission—passing faith to the next generation—is primarily a family affair. Our faith and religious practice are transmitted to the next generation primarily via the home and the family. The stuff we do here at church supports and enhances family faith transmission.
April 29, 2018
Fifth Sunday of Easter
What do you notice about the first reading each Sunday during the Easter Season that is substantially different from the rest of the year?
Right. It comes from the Acts of the Apostles, not the Old Testament. This is the season when we are introduced to the earliest Christian communities from the only book of the Bible that tells us how the early church was formed.
April 8, 2018
Second Sunday of Easter
I know that Easter is here, and we are supposed to move past all the talk about pain and suffering! But now a week into Easter it is clear that the struggle is still very real. The burdensome demands of the roles we play do not disappear. Permanent war, racism, sexism, ableism, all of the “isms”, the prison industrial complex and school to prison pipeline, the destruction of our atmosphere, oceans, and biodiversity, poverty, deportations, homelessness. If the only Easter message the church has to offer, is the glorious vindication of Jesus and the Joyful faith of the disciples, if every Easter becomes a ritual in denial of pain to move to the” bright side of things”, what Sr. Joan Chittister calls the “fairy-tale” Easter. then we miss the point, then we miss the salvific transformation that the Easter offers as Hope to the world.
Sr. Phyllis Jaszkowiak
March 30, 2018
We come to reverence, to venerate the Cross
and love the One who gave His life,
for the poor, the forgotten, the vulnerable of this world.
He was killed because he preached against power over others,
against exploitation of others,
against grabbing all the things of earth
so most have nothing with which to live.
“What killed Christ is what continues to crucify today:
disregard for human life and human dignity,
lust for power, materialism, [racism], violence.
What gives life is faith and love.” (Verna Holyhead)
April 1, 2018
A telling of a story from the Gospel of Mark
My name is Salome, and I have been with him since the beginning of the movement, nearly three years now. I am the wife of Zebedee, the mother of James and John. I’ll never forget the day he came and beckoned my sons to follow him, and they immediately dropped their fishing nets and went after him. You may not know this, but so did I.
By Phyllis Spaulding
Lenten Evening Prayer
March 21, 2018
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Fifth Sunday of Lent
March 18, 2018
“Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” A simple enough request, but actually quite profound.
Here’s the recap. Some non-Jews have come up to Jerusalem for the Passover. They've heard about this controversial miracle-worker Jesus, heard that he's around. Like concert goers at a stage door, they sidle up to Philip: "Sir, we would like to see Jesus" (Jn 12:21). For some reason, Philip isn't sure they can; he checks it out with Andrew. Andrew doesn't know what to say, so he and Philip take it straight to Jesus himself: "Master, a group of Greeks are anxious to see you. No appointment. Not our kind, but seem like good guys, up for the feast. What do we tell them?"