Archive of Fr. Eilerman's Weekly Letters to the Parish

Look with favor on your people, Lord, we pray, and pour out upon them the gifts of your Spirit, that they may grow constantly in love of the truth and devote themselves with zeal to perfect unity among Christians. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Saint Mary of the Assumption Rev. Fr. Craig R. Eilerman Dear parishioners, This is a bittersweet week here at St. Mary as we say farewell to Julie Ogilvie as the administrator of the parish. For twenty-seven and half years Julie served St. Mary as a faithful and good...

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Sunday, 21 June 2020

Saint Mary of the Assumption Rev. Fr. Craig R. Eilerman Dear Parishioners, My memory is clear of the day in 1960 when the then pastor of St. Mary Magdalene parish, Fr. Bauschard came to our home to enthrone it to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I was four years old and we...

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Sunday, 14 June 2020

Saint Mary of the Assumption Rev. Fr. Craig R. Eilerman Dear Parishioners, This Sunday’s Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, often referred to as Corpus Christi gives us an opportunity to reflect on the great gift of the Eucharist.  Christ gives this gift to...

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Sunday, 7 June 2020

Saint Mary of the Assumption Rev. Fr. Craig R. Eilerman Dear Parishioners, Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity and we hear that most quoted of passages from the Gospel according to John: God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that...

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Sunday, 31 May 2020

Saint Mary of the Assumption Rev. Fr. Craig R. Eilerman Dear Parishioners, A very blessed Pentecost! Today we celebrate the conclusion of the great fifty days of Easter, recalling the descent of the Holy Spirit on those first disciples. Pentecost is the fulfillment of...

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Sunday, 24 May 2020

Saint Mary of the Assumption Rev. Fr. Craig R. Eilerman Dear Parishioners, A blessed Ascension Day to all. One of the interesting points of today’s liturgy is that the Gospel reading is taken from the end of the Gospel According to Matthew, chapter 28 verses 16-20 and...

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Sunday, 17 May 2020

Saint Mary of the Assumption Rev. Fr. Craig R. Eilerman Dear Parishioners, I rejoiced when I heard them say, let us go to the house of the Lord. These words from Psalm 122 have been echoing in my heart since I received the news that public Mass would again be offered...

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Sunday, 10 May 2020

Saint Mary of the Assumption Rev. Fr. Craig R. Eilerman Dear Parishioners, As we honor and express our gratefulness to our mothers both living and deceased, I wish you a blessed Mother’s Day. One of my earliest memories of Church was that of attending a May Crowning...

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Sunday, 3 May 2020

Saint Mary of the Assumption Rev. Fr. Craig R. Eilerman Dear Parishioners, A blessed Good Shepherd Sunday to you. Our responsorial psalm for today’s Mass is that most beloved of all the psalms, the 23rd, The Lord is my Shepherd. Some of the imagery of this psalm was...

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Sunday, 26 April 2020

Saint Mary of the Assumption Rev. Fr. Craig R. Eilerman Dear Parishioners, This will be the sixth Sunday the prohibition of celebrating public Mass has been in effect. I long for us to be able to come together and celebrate the Eucharist, which is the source and...

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Sunday, 19 April 2020

Saint Mary of the Assumption Rev. Fr. Craig R. Eilerman Dear parishioners, Despite the limitations social distancing imposed, I hope you had a wonderful and blessed Easter. As we begin the great fifty days, the Church invites us to reflect on how Christ’s Resurrection...

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Sunday, 12 April 2020

Saint Mary of the Assumption Rev. Fr. Craig R. Eilerman Dear parishioners, Christ is risen, truly He is risen, Alleluia. This will be a very different Easter for all of us. For the first time in my life, I will not be gathering with my family on Easter Sunday. I know...

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