Father Andy's Corner

January 2017

Jan 21

Your Feedback Requested for New Pastoral Plan

The Holy Cross Parish Council and I are beginning work on a five-year Pastoral Plan for the Holy Cross Parish, and are reaching out to all our parishioners as we begin this process.  A little background: During his May 2016 bi-annual extended dean's visit to Holy Cross, Fr. Scott McCue, dean of the Piedmont Deanery, met with the Holy Cross...
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Jan 18

For it is in Giving

“For it is in giving that we receive.”  St. Francis of Assisi It seems like this time of year comes around much quicker than most expect, yet here we are at the beginning of the yearly Bishop’s Annual Appeal. I know from experience that this endeavor by the diocese always elicits a groan because it seems it is another...
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Jan 18

Called to Testify to the Truth

Well my friends, the Christmas season is truly over. The poinsettias are gone, the Altar Society has put away the manger set that was right here in the sanctuary and I am back to wearing green vestments. As we enter into the new season we hear John the Baptist testify to the world, exactly who Jesus is, and the people around him did not get...
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Jan 8

Reflections on the Feast of Epiphany

Led by a star, the magi came in search of the Christ child, the king of the world. They had been watching, waiting for the sign that he was born, and were rewarded. Yet when they arrived in Bethlehem they did not find the king they expected: royalty. What they found was a very poor carpenter and his wife caring for and protecting the baby...
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Jan 1

Mary, Mother of God

I think it was great that the first people to be told about the birth of Christ were the shepherds. The orthodox Jews despised shepherds because they could not keep ritualistically clean. They were constantly in contact with their sheep and living in the fields and so they could not keep up with the purity laws, so the orthodox looked down on...
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