Church Updates

Weekly Reflection 01/24/2021

REFLECTION FOR 1-24-2021   It was over 150 years ago that the first Mass was celebrated at the mission church that would become the parish of St. Francis de Sales in Abingdon.  It was a time in the history of our country when we were trying to recover and move […]

Weekly Reflection 01/17/2021

REFLECTION The Second Sunday In Ordinary Time January 16-17, 2021   There is a scene early in the television series, “The West Wing” when Josh goes to see his friend Sam, who is working as an attorney at a prestigious Manhattan law firm, to tell him about a dark horse […]

From the Deacon’s Desk 01/17/2021

Dear Friends: Today we return to Ordinary Time and will be there for five weeks. Then, believe it or not, we will be celebrating Ash Wednesday. Seems like yesterday we were celebrating the birth of Jesus. Our readings today from Samuel and the Gospel of John are about being called […]

Weekly Reflection 01/10/2021

REFLECTION ON THE FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD AND THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM January 9-10, 2021   If Jesus is sinless, why did He seek out John the Baptist to be baptized by him, which was a Trinitarian event. (Mt 3:11-17)?  The baptism of Jesus marks the beginning […]

From the Deacon’s Desk 01/10/2021

Dear Friends: Today’s Gospel from Mark 1:7-11 is a little bit about John the Baptist preparing the people for the coming of Jesus and then quickly moves into Jesus being baptized by John.  The real meat of this Gospel comes in the last third of the reading. Jesus is baptized […]

Weekly Reflection 01/03/2021

REFLECTION The Epiphany Of The Lord January 2-3, 2021   We often get caught up in all of the trappings of this feast day.  The Magi have evolved into wise men or Kings.  Their Crèche figures are always the most elaborate, as are the costumes for the persons portraying them […]

Weekly Reflection 12/27/2020

REFLECTION FOR 12-27-2020   Jesus, Mary, & Joseph are the holiest of families; but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have their struggles. Imagine Joseph’s shock, grief, and anger when he discovered that Mary was pregnant before they were married.  But, Joseph was open to God’s presence in his life; so, […]