Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

Humbled by the Task

Posted by Patty Settles on 1/13/21

Humbled by the Task

Without a doubt, I came in as the new pastor of St. Joan of Arc and St. Thomas More with a lot of ideas and excitement. Specifically, I came with a lot of ideas about evangelization and church growth. I share Pope Francis’ dream of ... Read More »

A Family of Parishes

Posted by Patty Settles on 1/06/21

Dear Friends,

First of all, as we wrap up this Christmas season, I would like to say thank you to everyone who has been so kind and generous to us priests with your cards, gifts, and goodies. As I’ve said before, the best part of being back in the ... Read More »

Epiphany of the Lord

Posted by Patty Settles on 12/30/20

Dear Friends,


It’s a new year, not liturgically according to the Church calendar, but it’s a good time, nonetheless, to reset and reevaluate what’s been lacking in our lives. A new year allows us to notice once again what we really want to strive for in life as ... Read More »

The Ox and the Ass

Posted by Patty Settles on 12/22/20

The Ox and the Ass


Have you ever wondered why there’s an ox and an ass in every nativity scene? Perhaps like me, you’ve never even asked the question, just assumed that it was trying to depict the real thing. Look closely the next time you see a ... Read More »

Getting Ready

Posted by Patty Settles on 12/17/20

An Online Parish Mission for St. Joan of Arc and St. Thomas More

How do you access it online? It will be streamed through Facebook, but you do not need a Facebook account to view it. Just click the “Parish Mission” link on the homepage of both parish websites.

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Third Sunday of Advent

Posted by Patty Settles on 12/09/20

It’s Not Pink; It’s Rose.


It’s likely you saw us wear the rose-colored vestments this weekend. This brightening of color reminds us we are not far from Christmas. It reminds us to rejoice for the Lord is near.

Gaudete Sunday is what it’s called, and the word means ... Read More »

Getting Ready

Posted by Patty Settles on 12/02/20

Here we are on the 2nd week of Advent and it’s twenty something days until Christmas. If you’ve been around long enough, you know that this season is all about preparation, anticipation, hope, and longing. Jesus Christ is coming. We prepare, we anticipate, we hope, we long for Jesus ... Read More »

First Sunday of Advent

Posted by Patty Settles on 11/25/20

Pastoral Report – Covering October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020

Every year the Archdiocese asks every parish to submit a Pastoral Report. The report tracks the numerical data of the parish. Both the parish and the archdiocese use these numbers to assess the health, growth, or decline of ... Read More »

The Mission

Posted by Patty Settles on 11/19/20

Last week I mentioned a bit about the mission of the church. The mission cannot merely be a statement on the back wall of the church building. To belong to this church is to belong to the mission. We don’t go to church. We are the church. The church ... Read More »

From the Porch to the Dining Room

Posted by Patty Settles on 11/12/20

We want to be an invitational church. An invitational church goes out its way to invite those on the outside to a place on the inside. Using the analogy of a house, we want people to feel welcome at the “front porch”. As people feel comfortable approaching the front ... Read More »


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