Fr. Carter

Week of April 15, 2018

Dear Parishioners, I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy podcasts. Podcasts are like radio shows that you can download to your phone, computer or tablet. They give me something to think about while I’m walking or driving my car or doing repetitive tasks. I am glad to learn new things but I don’t…

Week of April 8, 2018

Dear Parishioners, People have asked me when I plan to bring back the chalices for Holy Communion. I will be glad to bring them back toward the end of this month when I can be sure that flu season is over. However, I do have one other concern I would like to address before we…

Week of April 1, 2018

Dear Parishioners, Today we celebrate the great Solemnity of the Resurrection of Our Lord. It is the most important feast day on our Church calendar because it is the moment of redemption when Christ displays His power to bring everlasting life. What He talked about in theory is displayed as a reality that goes beyond…

Week of March 25, 2018

Dear Parishioners, Palm Sunday is one of the most popular Sundays of the year. Many people come back to Church in order to receive their palms. But, why do we receive palms today? It’s because Our Lord Jesus was praised by the people waving palms when He entered into Jerusalem. Palms are symbolic of peace…

Week of March 18, 2018

Dear Parishioners, During Lent, many of us make time to go to confessions (also known as reconciliation or penance) because we are all required to go to confession at least once a year and it fits the penitential character of this holy season. So, especially for those of you who may be intimidated by confession…

Week of March 11, 2018

Dear Parishioners, Thank you so very much to everyone who pledged additional funds in the Increased Giving Campaign. According to the Cathedral Corporation, about 45% of active families in the parish have responded (which is about the average) with the average increase being about $9 (which is slightly above average). If we keep this up,…

Week of March 4, 2018

Dear Parishioners, In order to help you all through your Lenten journey, I would like to offer this short reflection from Fr. John Hardon. Fr. Hardon, S.J., was the spiritual director of St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta, a Jesuit and a servant of God on his way for beatification. In this reflection, he talks about…

Week of February 25, 2018

Dear Parishioners, As we continue our Lenten season, you may notice that I am bringing back Latin Masses for three Fridays in Lent (March 2nd, 9th and 16th). I am doing this because the Masses in Advent and especially the High Mass on the Feast of the Holy Innocents went very well. Afterward, people kept…

Week of February 18, 2018

Dear Parishioners, Lent is coming very soon. Have you picked out your penance yet? (Or decided to, “Give something up,” as some like to put it.) It’s a good spiritual practice to take on a special penance during Lent so that we can overcome love of self and to open ourselves to the grace of…

Week of February 11, 2018

Dear Parishioners, As you may have heard from last week’s Mass, we are going to temporarily halt the distribution of Communion from the chalice through Lent. This has been an intense flu season. There are many people getting sick and some even dying in extreme cases. So, just as a matter of public safety, I…