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Reflections On My First Year at St. Joseph

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The Psalmist wrote, “Give thanks to the Lord, invoke God’s Name; make known among the people God’s deeds!  Sing praise, play music; proclaim all God’s wondrous deeds!” On June 21, 2016, I arrived at St. Joseph Parish to begin my new assignment.  While it doesn’t seem possible, over one ... Read More »

The Living Bread That Satisfies All Hungers

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

As human beings we cannot live on bread alone.  We suffer from many kinds of hunger.  If we look at the Gospels we see the various kinds of “bread” Jesus offered to others to satisfy their hungers. To those who followed him into the desert, and who were hungry, ... Read More »

Our God is a God of Love

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

One day two learned men were walking along the seashore, discussing the mystery of God.  However, they weren’t making much progress.  Suddenly they came upon a small boy playing on the beach.  He had dug a hole in the sand and kept running down to the sea, dipping his ... Read More »

Open Your Life to the Holy Spirit

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday.  It is on this feast that we recall the fulfillment of the promise Jesus made before he returned to the right hand of the Father to send the gift of the Holy Spirit.

“Come, Holy Spirit, enlighten our minds and enkindle within our hearts the ... Read More »

Jesus Is Aways With Us

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

There is a story that when Jesus returned to heaven after his death and resurrection, the Archangel Gabriel was surprised to see him back so soon.  Thirty three years is not a long time, especially when you think about the importance and proportions of the task he had been ... Read More »

What Jesus Asks of Us

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

There are several times in the Gospel when Jesus says to his disciples, “If you love me, keep my commandments.”  By “commandments” he is speaking of a new spirit, new values and attitudes towards God, our neighbor, and life. Let us imagine that Jesus is speaking to us and ... Read More »

Faith Keeps Us

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

There comes a time in the lives of all believers when things get dark, and they have to accept what is happening, even though they cannot make sense out of it.  It is at such times that we need strong faith, but it is also at such times that ... Read More »

Pray for Vocations

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally called “Good Shepherd Sunday.”  On this day we hear in our Gospel account how Jesus is the Good Shepherd who tends to the needs of his flock and came to give the sheep abundant life. The image of Jesus as the Good ... Read More »

We Are Called to Walk with Others

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The Gospel account we hear today is one of the most beautiful post-Resurrection stories recorded for us.  The journey of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus is a story about the heart.  As they were heading home, the two were engaged in a conversation about Jesus.  Just ... Read More »

We Must Bring the Healing Power of the Risen Christ to Others

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

When things are going well for us and we are happy, we are willing to let others get close to us. However, when we are in pain we have a tendency to cut ourselves off from others. No one wants the wounded areas of their life touched. Unfortunately this ... Read More »