Fr. James Retelas

Are We Confident or Arrogant?

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Annunciation, I recently read an excerpt from a book titled “The Tyranny of Clichés.”  I was curious to see how the author defined a cliché, and must admit my curiosity was piqued to learn that “one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter” made the top of the list.  He was…

Dear Faithful of Annunciation,

Dear Faithful of Annunciation, Christos Anesti.  Following is my message from Holy Friday evening.  May your joy be complete as we continue to celebrate our Lord’s glorious Resurrection.  Truly He is Risen! Father James Holy Friday 2012 Can you be too happy?  An article in the Bee this past Tuesday makes the case that too…

Readiness is All!

Dear Faithful of Annunciation, These words from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” are timeless.  In the play, Hamlet says to Horatio, “There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow,” indicating his belief that God has a hand in every detail of life.  Furthermore, Hamlet claims that whatever is destined to happen will happen soon enough, and…

Two Resolutions

Dear Parishioners and Friends, Last night I attended my 7th Annunciation Christmas program and it was the best yet.  The beautifully appointed church was filled with smiling faces.  The sound system worked perfectly.  And our renowned choir offered a truly inspiring and diverse repertoire of Christmas hymns, with a special patriotic tribute in honor of…