Browsing From the Pastor

The Foretaste of Eternal Life

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Most people enjoy being invited to a banquet.  To be seated at table and served by others makes for a relaxed meal.  One is free to engage others at the table in conversation and enjoy a lighthearted time. In today’s Gospel account, Jesus tells the parable of a wedding ... Read More »

Learn the History of Our 162-Year-Old Parish During Upcoming Presentations

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Our parish community, established in 1855, has a long and rich history.  We continue to add to that history today as we journey forward in faith, building on what those who have gone before us have bequeathed us.  It is a rich legacy that we can all be very ... Read More »

Faith is About a Relationship of Love with God

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s Gospel account is one that calls for deep reflection.  Many people think that Jesus’ story is both unjust and unfair.  However, the story is not about injustice, because no injustice is done in it. The story is not about justice either, though it goes out of its way ... Read More »

When We Forgive Others, We Clear the Path for God to Forgive Us

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s Gospel account deals with a topic that makes all of us cringe!  Forgiveness.  Not a single one of us can get through life without being hurt or hurting someone else.  How do we deal with these hurts?  We have two choices: 1) they can provide us with an ... Read More »

We Must Be Ministers of Reconciliation

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s Gospel account raises a very practical issue: how to deal with someone who has treated you in a bad way.  Obviously these kind of problems took place even in the early Christian Community.  Today’s Gospel gives us a way of tackling such a situation.  First of all let’s ... Read More »

Being a Disciple of Jesus Is Serious Business

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

One of the most challenging demands of Jesus when it comes to discipleship is found in today’s Gospel account.  “Unless you take up your cross and follow me you cannot be my disciple.” Unfortunately the word “cross” has been softened, so that the words of Jesus have lost some ... Read More »

Peter Gives Us a Powerful Example of Faith

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s Gospel account has Peter playing a prominent role.  It is interesting to look at the different accounts in the Gospel as it shows us that he was a man who had both low and high moments in his life.  Of all the apostles, Peter is the one whose ... Read More »

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 »