Browsing From the Pastor

Know the Power of Faith

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

If we take the story of Peter walking on water in a literal sense it has little or no relevance for us.  However, if we look at it symbolically there is much meaning in it for our lives.  The boat represents the Church; the winds and the waves stand ... Read More »

Have the Courage to Say: 'Your Will Be Done'

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

What has been the happiest day or experience of your life?  What has been the saddest day or experience of your life?  With those questions in mind, let us take a look at the feast we are celebrating today, the Transfiguration of the Lord. It should come as no ... Read More »

We Are Called to Be Faithful to Christ

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Since the beginning of time people have been searching for treasure.  If only they could find gold or diamonds or pearls they would be happy.  In our age, people are still seeking treasures.  Except now they look for it in the lottery, the casino, or the stock market.  If ... Read More »

Now Is the Time for Repentance and Conversion

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

There has always been two views of the Church; one exclusive, the other inclusive.  The exclusive view holds that the Church is for good people, for the fully committed.  In the inclusive view, the Church must be open to all, to the hot, the cold, and the lukewarm, to ... Read More »

What Kind of Seed Are You Sowing?

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today we hear the beautiful parable of the sower and the seed.  It is an excellent reflection for us as we look at our own life.  I share with you today the story of a seed. All during the dark cold winter I lay in a barn, warm, dry ... Read More »

The Power of Humility

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Our first reading today gives us the image of a king coming humbly to Zion, riding on a donkey.  He is the messenger of peace.  This prophecy found its fulfillment on Palm Sunday when Jesus entered the holy city of Jerusalem, unarmed and defenseless. Though Jesus bore no weapons, ... Read More »

We Are Saved by Christ's Love

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today, Jesus tells us that if we are going to be his disciples we must take up our cross each day and follow him.  Not the most pleasant thing to here but it’s not an option when it comes to discipleship. Our cross will never, in any way, shape, ... Read More »

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 »