Saturday, July 14, 2007

Father Paul's Musings

By REV. PAUL HENSON, O.CARM.

Last Sunday, I received an anonymous note on my car that read, “Thank you. That’s just what my heart & soul needed!.” Without a doubt, it made my day and provided me with the strength and energy to complete my Sunday duties.

Thank you, anonymous person. Now, I’m not requesting a deluge of thank you notes, nor advocating anonymous missives. What matters is that this person took two minutes out of her day to express an encouraging sentiment. An uplifting thought remains empty unless it is acted upon. That’s the lesson of the Good Samaritan. He felt pity and responded positively.

Perhaps there is someone in your life who can benefit from a merry musing.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Father Paul's Musings

It is an honor and privilege to serve the Lord and the community of St. Bernard while Fr. McSorley is on vacation.

You’ve heard the saying, “When the cat is away, the mice shall play.” The ordinary person understands this to mean that it’s time to party, to let loose, or to be mischievous. Not so at St. Bernard. As you've noticed, the rectory and church are being repaired and painted. Years of pine needles that have collected in the gutters are being cleared out and painted. The internal walls now offer a contrasting view to the red bricks. The rectory’s new coat of paint sets the standard for a cleaner and brighter neighborhood.

I’d like to thank all those workers of the Lord’s vineyard who help to make this possible, especially you who give so generously to St. Bernard.

Remember, God is never outdone in generosity, so give back to Him by supporting the Church, the missions, and seminaries.

— Rev. Paul Henson, O. Carm.

Farewell to Fr. John Sigler

For the past three years we have been blessed with the presence and ministry of Fr. John here at St. Bernard’s.

The archdiocese has now given him a new assignment. At the end of this month he leaves his present assignment, as chaplain at Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles, to become chaplain at St. Mary’s hospital in Long Beach. That means that he will no longer be in residence here.

On behalf of the parish community, I thank him for his ministry here and wish him every blessing and success in Long Beach.

Fr. John, we will miss you a lot. You are a very kind and gentle priest. God bless you.