Browsing From the Pastor

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 »

Be Generous to Those You Meet

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today people are living closer and closer together which makes the influence we have on others even greater.  Whether we are aware of it or not, we can either be stumbling blocks or stepping stones for others on the road to salvation.  Let me share with you some examples ... Read More »

Jesus Redefined Ambition

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

There is nothing wrong with being ambitious, to have goals, to be good at what one does and to succeed in it.  But ambition can get out of hand and can cause one to forget everything else in the pursuit of success.

In today’s Gospel account we see the ... Read More »

Pray for Abuse Victims and for the Purification of the Church

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

These past few weeks have been extremely difficult for the Church. The Pennsylvania’s grand jury’s report about abuse and the cover-up was both sickening and very disheartening.  The fall of a well-known cardinal, the cover-ups by some of the bishops, and the revelation of the number of priests and ... Read More »

What Do You See in the Mirror?

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Mirrors are part of everyday life. We look in them each day to see how we look. The Apostle James likens the Word of God to a mirror. He tells us that “To listen to the Word of God is like looking in a mirror.” James tells us that ... Read More »

Plenty of Events, Opportunities for St. Joseph Parishioners

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

While it may seem difficult to believe, the month of August is upon us.  Where have the days and weeks of summer gone?  Way to fast, many of us would say.

I would like to use this week’s column to highlight some of the activities that are coming up ... Read More »

Are You Doing Enough?

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s Scripture readings show God’s concern for the hungry.  In our first reading from the Second Book of Kings we hear how Elisha cut through the red tape and insisted that the bread be given to the people, even though the bread was that of the first fruits which ... Read More »

Care For Others As Jesus Did

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Have you ever had the experience when someone has come to you for something and you considered it an intrusion on your time?  It should be a consolation for us to know that Jesus too had to cope with interruptions.  He too had his plans upset.  Our Gospel account ... Read More »