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Pastoral Ponderings from the PA

Do you still send Christmas cards?  Now that postage is 55 cents per letter and we have the internet, many have abandoned that tradition. Or perhaps you don’t take the time to write a personal note and instead send out cards that are preprinted and addressed with a computer-generated label. I will not comment on […]

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Ponderings from the Parish Associate

Maybe you remember as a child in a Sunday school class you were asked: “What are you thankful for?”  Then the teacher would go around the circle, and everyone would utter one word for which they were giving thanks.  Common responses varied from parents, brothers and sisters, to teddy bears and dolls. If we were […]

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Parish Associate’s Ponderings

            IT’S NOT 1980 ANY MORE It seems to part of human nature that we tend to look back at years gone by and feel nostalgic about what used to be.  Remember when you had a paperboy, an egg man, and a milk man?  Now we have Uber Eats and other delivery services.  However, we […]

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Parish Associate’s Ponderings

HOW CAN WE HELP? Upon encountering any tragic situation, these are quite often the first words out of our mouth, “How can we help”.  This response is usually because of our feelings of helplessness and knowledge that at that moment there is most likely nothing we can do that can make the situation any better.  […]

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Ponderings From The PA

“You Have Arrived at Your Destination” If you have a Global Positioning System (GPS for short) and have programmed in a specific address or place, you are familiar with these words.  They proclaim that you are where you wanted to go.  However, this is dependent on what you programmed into the GPS to begin with. […]

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Ponderings From the PA

June is a month that is noted for many events and traditions.  It has the celebration of Flag Day and Father’s Day, it used to be the most popular month for weddings, and it contains the longest day of the year.  From this month until December, each day will contain less daylight. Before LED lights, […]

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Ponderings From the PA

Volunteer.  The word as a noun comes from the 16th century in France and has a military connotation as one who agreed to serve without being drafted.  Today our definition is much broader and is used to identify individuals that give of themselves to assist a particular cause or person.  The latest statistics indicate that […]

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Ponderings From the PA

Transitions in life seem to be occurring more rapidly as one ages.  The child you diapered a week or so ago now is in college.  The rotary phone is now a gadget you can use to do almost anything.  It is a challenge to keep up. Some of the transitions are quite difficult.  We downsize […]

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Ponderings From the PA

Reflection. This is an interesting word. What do you think of when you hear it? Probably most commonly the image of you that stares back at you every morning in the mirror. In my case it can cause me to wonder where all my hair went, how did I get to be this old, and […]

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Ponderings From the PA

Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day are all celebrated in February. Each one calls us to venerate certain aspects of our history or our culture. From the one we love to the furry prognosticator, there are cards, celebrations and symbols that call our attention to the day. Whether it is a top hat, a […]

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