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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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    • 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.
    • February 26
      Here are some final thoughts on prayer.
    • February 19
      Let us begin today’s reflection with the simple idea of praising God for the fact that he desires to be with us and wants to talk to us.
    • February 12
      I hope these reflections on prayers will give you the freedom to discover your own style of prayer that brings you closer to God.
    • February 5
      I would like to devote this month’s spiritual ponderings into a series of reflections on prayer with the hope that your prayer life and my own will grow and bring even closer to the Lord.
    • January 29
      Here are the last three points of my reflection.  I hope that they have helped deepen your faith life..
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    • Tuesday, March 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, April 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, 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.