Life is a Miracle

07-15-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

As smart as we are as human beings, which all our technological and scientific advances attest to, we are all too often doomed to repeat mistakes in our dealings with one another and as nations. This past Monday, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. A key issue is abortion. Will the new Justice be the vote needed to overturn Roe vs. Wade which legalized abortion on January 22, 1973? Critical issues are very divisive at times. This is nothing new to our nation.

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Life Teen-Leading Teens Closer to Christ

07-08-2018From the Pastor's DeskFr. Sean Magaldi

This week's column was written by our Associate Pastor, Fr. Sean Magaldi.

As I got into the car, I immediately started to regret my decision. I was trying to think of any excuse I could come up with to back out of my promise. I was on my way to join my cousins at a high school youth group at a neighboring parish. My aunt had spent the last few weeks telling my mother and I that I “need to attend.” In a moment of weakness, I promised my mother that I would go once to try it out. We arrived at the parish, and I exited the car. I said goodbye to my mother and walked down the stairs into the basement of the parish.

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Loving Without Counting the Cost

07-01-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

There are many demands made on our time, energy, attention, and resources every day. Some we respond to readily while others cause us to take a step back to think about what is involved. Today’s Gospel shows us how willing and ready Jesus is to respond to those in great need. Many times His response in today’s world happens through our efforts to be compassionate, helpful, reconciling, and loving. But where do compassion, helpfulness, reconciliation, and loving stop and begin to change to feelings that unfair and undeserving demands are being made on us? We can close our eyes, ignore the call for concern and help, say we have already done enough, or try to justify not getting involved.

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Mustard Seed Moments

06-24-2018From the Pastor's DeskSeminarian Chris Heller

This week's column was written by Seminarian Chris Heller who is working in our parish for ten weeks this summer.

I want to begin by thanking all of you for the kindness with which you welcomed me to Saint Patrick’s. It has been an enormous blessing to meet you and your families – a blessing that has aided my own discernment as I follow God’s call towards priesthood. This parish has received many summer seminarians in past years, which I can now tell is due to the many programs, events, and Masses that occur here throughout the week. My experience at St Pat’s so far has been both encouraging and uplifting.

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Nurturing the Seed of Faith

06-17-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden
One of the wonders that is before us in nature is the growth of the flowers and produce in our gardens. The last time I went out east, I bought strawberries in Mattituck that were big, ripe, and delicious. There is a very short period of time when the local strawberries and other local produce are available. In today’s Gospel Jesus uses the image of seeds being planted and growing. The seed of faith is planted in each one of us when we are baptized. In our early years our parents, siblings, relatives, and teachers help that seed to grow. Like the seeds we put in the ground, the seed of faith planted at baptism needs to be nurtured with love. That love not only comes from the countless sacrifices and concern of parents but also from the good example of all of us.READ MORE

An Important Appeal

06-10-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

Recently I read a reflection that said the most radical words Jesus speaks in the Gospels are: “Love our enemies.” The last thing we want to do with those who we consider “enemies” or those who anger or aggravate us is to love them. Jesus goes even further in the Sermon on the Mount as He says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-45).

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A Commitment to Prayer

06-03-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

What is it that we really need? What is it that we are willing to generously and joyfully give away? We all need time to ourselves and for ourselves. One of the key ways that we are encouraged and invited to take time for ourselves is by praying. Prayer is far more than just reciting rote formulas, it is putting ourselves consciously and attentively into the presence of God. There are many people, issues, and concerns we speak to God about as we pray. But prayer is first and foremost simply putting ourselves into the presence of God. We live in a society of constant and instant communication with our cell phones, computers, and iPads. There is always the temptation to switch on one of those devices to see who called, who is texting us, or who is revealing themselves to us. God does not call on the phone, text, or use the social media to reveal Himself to us personally. Like anyone who truly loves us, He reveals Himself to us in person.

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