Browsing MESSAGES FROM FR. PECCHIE

Fr. Pecchie's Message 05/08/22

Posted by Web Staff on 5/19/22

Paul and Barnabas knew all about perseverance. The First Reading gives us a glimpse of how their careers as Christian missionaries unfolded. They traveled from city to city preaching the Good News of Christ. Most ofen, their first stop was at the Jewish synagogue, where they would announce that ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 05/01/22

Posted by Web Staff on 5/19/22

We want to congratulate all our young children receiving their first Holy Communion today. May the joy they have this day remain with them all their lives.   The Book of Acts presents us with a phrase that, in its proper context, is very strange. Peter and the other Apostles had been preaching the ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 04/24/22

Posted by Web Staff on 5/01/22

What  a  Glorious  Easter  we  celebrated last week, many thanks to all who contributed to make the celebration  so  meaningful.  Special thanks to our music director, Kevin  MacFarland  and  the  choir for the beautiful music as well as the Readers,  the  Extraordinary Ministers  of  Holy  Communion, Altar Servers and ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message - 04/17/22

Posted by Web Staff on 4/25/22

When members of the Early Church wished someone a Happy Easter, they did it with an affirmation of faith: “Christ is Risen.” The customary response is “He is Truly Risen!” Although this is not as customary in the Latin Rite Churches it is still very common in the Eastern ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message - 04/10/22

Posted by Web Staff on 4/17/22

In Christian art, the martyrs are often shown holding palm branches as symbols of victory over temptation and suffering. These martyrs are our older brothers and sisters in the faith - God wants us to learn from and be encouraged by them. Take the example of St Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna.   In the year 155, Polycarp was condemned to ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message - 04/03/22

Posted by Web Staff on 4/08/22

When we find someone doing evil, especially if their sin is hurting us, we automatically want to act like the Pharisees - to condemn the sinner as well as the sin. But the fact is we really don't know the whole story, only God does. We don't have the ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message - 03/27/22

Posted by Web Staff on 4/08/22

St. Paul expresses this with a wonderful phrase: "Whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold new things have come." The grace God has given us isn't like a new set of clothes that just changes us on the outside. It changes us on the inside. It makes us into new creations, sturdy ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message - 03/20/22

Posted by Web Staff on 3/27/22

What does it mean to repent? It means to turn around. Instead of looking in the mirror all the time and thinking about our-selves - how we feel, what we want, how we can get ahead - we turn around and look out the window. There we see the path that God wants us to follow. We see things that we ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 03/13/22

Posted by Web Staff on 3/20/22

Early Christian art created some beautiful images to communicate the importance and benefits of prayer.   One particularly memorable image is found in the Church of St. Apollinare in Classe, in the Italian city of Ravenna. Ravenna was the capital of the western half of the Byzantine Empire in the early Middle Ages. The churches built during those ... Read More »

Fr. Pecchie's Message 03/06/22

Posted by Web Staff on 3/15/22

Sin is, at heart, rebellion against God. Since God created us to live in communion with Him, in Whom we find happiness, sin always involves seeking happiness in some other place than in communion with God.   There are three of these places, three idols we can worship. They correspond to Jesus' three temptations. JRR Tolkien, ... Read More »