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Ora et Labora

Today our Eastern Orthodox and Catholic brothers and sisters celebrate the life of a very unique and interesting woman:  Scholastica.  She is celebrated as a virgin of the church and the first Benedictine Nun.  The latter is fitting since she … Continue reading

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A ministry of interruptions

Perhaps you’ve seen the bumper sticker wisdom that states…  Life is what happens when you’re making plans And we’re never busier or more full of plans than in December, are we!  A former colleague once joked about our ministry of … Continue reading

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The dangerous difference between empathy and compassion

On Friday, December 2, the Washington Post Metro section featured a story, Lessons learned at a mother’s knee, By Marie-Thérèse Labossière Thomas. The writer retold a story that her mother told her that helped her to understand the difference between … Continue reading

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Be fruitful…and unsuccessful

                      Fruitful: 1 a.: yielding or producing fruit b : conducive to an abundant yield 2 : abundantly productive <a fruitful discussion> The goal of ministry – musical or otherwise – is to be fruitful.  To create something new and … Continue reading

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“Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime, therefore we must be saved by hope.”

Several parishioners have asked me to share my experience of being an “interim” at St. Alban’s Parish. My first response is, “It has been wonderful because St. Alban’s is a healthy, active, faithful parish with lovely people.” But what I … Continue reading

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Starting a new ministry

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” – Matt.13:44   The name and background of … Continue reading

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“Let every action of mine be something beautiful for God” – Mother Teresa

The Spring Gala is a wonderful annual community building event at St. Alban’s that raises money for the Outreach budget, especially our ministry to those who are homeless. Everyone is asked to provide an item for the silent auction or … Continue reading

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