Browsing From the Pastor

God Keeps Calling Us Back

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

There was a famous preacher who Sunday after Sunday faced a large, attentive congregation. One Sunday as he approached the pulpit the worlds of the Gospel were ringing in his ears: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” A thought suddenly struck him: It’s not the ... Read More »

The First Sunday of Advent - Happy New Year!

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Happy New Year! That’s right — for us Christians, the First Sunday of Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year. As Christians, we are called to live in cyclical, not linear time. That being, we celebrate the truth,.because of the dying ... Read More »

Pray for the Kingdom

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

We bestow many titles on Jesus but that of “king” seems to be one that is inappropriate.  It smacks of the kind of things that Jesus rejected.  When we think of a king we think of a throne, a crown, a palace, great wealth, power, prestige, servants and an ... Read More »

Faith Assures Us a Share in the Victory

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

A woman was hurrying home from work.  This was her night to play bingo.  Suddenly she noticed a young man standing on the edge of the pavement holding a sign which read; THE END OF THE WORLD IS NEAR.  She went up to him and said, “You say the ... Read More »

We Embark on an Amazing Journey

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

On October 17-19, three staff members and I attended the Amazing Parish Conference. We were blessed to have one of our parishioners on the coaching team. It was exciting three days, as we were being challenged to move our parishes from “maintenance” mode to “mission” mode. That being: from ... Read More »

Our Vocation is Love

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Our Gospel account today has Jesus laying out before us the two Great Commandments: Love God above all things and love one’s neighbor as one love’s oneself.  All of life is based on living out these two commandments.

We live in an age ... Read More »

The Presence of Children in Church Is a Gift

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

A couple of weeks ago a parishioner gave me the following which I think is important for all of us to read.

TO THE PARENTS OF OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, MAY WE SUGGEST:

Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s House.  ... Read More »

Love Makes a Bitter Cup Drinkable

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

One of the images the Scriptures use for life is that of a cup.  Just as a cup may be filled with a bitter-sweet drink, so the life of each of us could be said to be a mixture of the sweet and the bitter.  It is a rich ... Read More »

Put Absolute Trust in God

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Why did the young man in today’s Gospel account come to Jesus?  Many people in his position would have been more than happy with their lot in life.  Was it that he was still questioning?  Was it that his heart had not yet been hardened by riches?  We don’t ... Read More »

Love Never Fails

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s first reading from the Book of Genesis quotes God as saying, “It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a suitable partner for him.”

Rabbi Harold Kushner, well-known for his book, Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People, tells how a young ... Read More »