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We Are Living Stones

Posted by The Rev. William Zettinger on

As many of you know I have walked through many of the cathedrals in Europe, both on pilgrimages with other St. Bartians and on my own personal travel with Nina and other friends. One of the things you notice as you walk through the various cathedrals and abbeys is that there are a lot of people...

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This Year, Take Lent Home

Posted by The Rev. Mary Lynn Coulson on

There are many ways we mark the season of Lent in the church – we cover the altar in purple cloth, we use fewer instruments and sing simpler songs, and we read scripture that encourages us to reflect on our lives. But Lent isn’t just a season to remember on Sunday mornings as we wait...

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Holy Land Pilgrimage Reflections

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St. Bart's parishioners share their thoughts and experiences from their Holy Land Pilgrimage. On February 11, 2019, we embarked on an unforgettable journey to the Holy Land and Israel with 18 others including Father Mark McKone-Sweet and Jill Henderson (our leader). Most of the travelers are...

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Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 6

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

Why is it called a sacrament? I woke this morning to darkness. As I began to stretch, I called my family to check in before their bedtime back in San Diego. While we were speaking, dawn started to break, drawing me outside. As I stood on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, full day arrived as the...

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Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 5

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

Sabbath Day…The Living Stones carry on, despite the odds We gathered together this morning to attend the English-Arab worship service at St. George’s Cathedral. If you have joined St. Bart’s in the past three years or so, you may not know that this is where the late Bishop...

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Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 4

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

Prayer … Hope I pray often, and today I have spent some serious time in prayer. Oddly enough, as a priest, I shy away at times from inviting people to pray. Indeed, on our second day on pilgrimage, it was requested that we take time to pray/sing together at some of the sites. Before...

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Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 3

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

  “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). We have quickly formed a strong, joyful bond. A group of pilgrims with an array of life experiences and socioeconomic backgrounds, we have discovered big hearts in each other. A heart of compassion and courage is...

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Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 2

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

God’s humanity. We take our first steps—where many pilgrims have stepped before us—on the Mount of Olives, overlooking the Old City. Our first steps where the ascension of Jesus occurred. As we stand in the place where he literally rose up and disappeared before wondering...

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Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 1

Posted by The Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet on

Lesson’s learned—on the road. Gratitude—coming to know Jesus in others. I found my rosary beads before I left the house. I may go months without having them with me, but when I travel, they are always in my pocket. Before I was gifted this rosary, I would listen to...

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January's Haiti Mission Trip

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The St. Bart's Haiti mission team - Kelli Richardson, Heather Liggins, Geraldo Garcia, Allen Adams, and Kate McKone-Sweet - arrived in Port-au-Prince bright and early Saturday morning. They shared lunch with Fr. Noe and his wife Shirley. We then arrived traveled to Hinche in the evening. The...

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