Weekly pastor’s post (June 2 – 8)

A photo of coffee in a glass mug on a rustic wooden table in Copenhagen, Denmark

Please forgive the lateness of this week’s pastor’s post. Thanks particularly to the help of dedicated PAAs, a deacon who assisted with an extensive Spanish translation, and all those who have participated in the consultative process, this weekend saw the sharing of my proposed Mass & confession schedule for the Olympic Peninsula at each of … Read more

Corpus Christi reflections – discerning Mass & confession schedules at Parish Family 49

Line art of two angels incensing the Eucharist contained with a monstrance. The words "ecce panis angelorum factus cibus viatorum vere panis filiorum non mittendus canibus", from the words of the Corpus Christi sequence, surround the image.

(click here to go directly to the proposed Mass schedule change documents) Happy Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)! We celebrate today the great gift of the most holy Eucharist. Before the proclamation of the gospel today, the sequence Lauda Sion will be chanted or sung. I’ve had occasion … Read more

Weekly pastor’s post (May 26 – June 1)

This time of year alway seems to move faster as we get closer to July 1. Even when we’re not looking at a major transition among every parish in the archdiocese, the move from Easter into Ordinary time is chock-full of events. Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, Corpus Christi, school graduations, and other end-of-the-year events fill the … Read more

Weekly pastor’s post (May 19 – 25)

In preparing for Pentecost this last weekend, I found myself unexpectedly melancholic. Though not unfamiliar emotional territory, I was caught off guard by the strength of the feeling of sorrow at the end of Easter. Sitting in my chapel on Saturday morning, I was caught up in the reality of endings – the end of … Read more

Life after Easter – life in the Spirit

In just a couple of days we will celebrate the last day of Easter and the birthday of the Church – Pentecost Sunday. The sequence Veni, Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit) will be chanted just before we hear the Gospel story of Christ’s coming to the Apostles – through locked doors no less! – and … Read more

Weekly pastor’s post (May 5 – May 11)

This week has started out in perhaps the most delightful way: with the birth of my first niece, Charlotte Ruth Maurer (pictured right)! My sister-in-law, brother, and their three boys – along with all of us extended family – have been eagerly looking forward to welcoming her into the world. She was born about 1 … Read more

Hearth & home: a deeper dive into priest living arrangements at Parish Family 49

In my post last week I laid out the preliminary decisions needing made for Parish Family 49 before July 1. I’d like to take some time to talk about the first item on that list: priest housing. Not only relevant to us priests who are preparing to move, the location & nearness of parish priests … Read more

First things first: decisions needing made before July 1 at Parish Family 49

Over the last several days I have reached out to the priest administrators and lead staff of the communities within Parish Family 49. By the time this post goes live, I hope to have made progress in initial plans to visit the various churches and begin making connections with the deacons, staff and key leadership … Read more