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Celebrate Catholic Schools

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today the Catholic Church throughout the United States begins its annual celebration of “Catholic Schools Week.”  This is a very special week for us as we celebrate our identity as Catholic schools and what a difference a Catholic education makes in the lives of our students.

The theme this ... Read More »

Vigorously Defend the Gift of Human Life

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court made a historic decision to legalize abortion in our land.  This decision caused great division in our nation as it firmly rejected the premise of our founding fathers and mothers, who stated that every human person has the right to ... Read More »

Jesus, Through His Goodness, Calls Forth the Goodness in Us

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

When John the Baptist saw Jesus at the Jordan River and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,” he was proclaiming a profound truth about the mission of the Messiah.  Jesus was sent into the world for sinners, whose coming was foretold ... Read More »

The Epiphany – God Reveals Himself to All People

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today we are celebrating the Epiphany of the Lord.  The word “epiphany” means a manifestation or revelation.  Literally, a “drawing back of the veil.”  On this day the veil is drawn back on a great and wonderful mystery, namely, that Jesus Christ is the Savior not only of the ... Read More »

Mary Challenges Us All to Life a Simpler Life, a God-Centered Life

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.  It is fitting that as we begin calendar year 2017, we take the time to reflect on Mary and her role in the life of the Church, and in our individual lives.

Mary is placed before us ... Read More »

The Mystery of the Incarnation is a Mystery of Love

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

“And the Word became flesh and made its dwelling among us!” Christmas is all about the Incarnation. God’s Son came down to earth, took on our human nature so as to experience everything we humans experience (with the exception of sin), so as to confer on us a dignity. ... Read More »

Christmas Awakens Our Deepest Longings

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

There are some people who fear, maybe even dread, the approach of Christmas.  It’s not Christmas itself that causes this fear but surrounding circumstances.

For some it’s the hassle and the extra work.  For others it’s the strain put on their already overstretched ... Read More »

Be Patient; Don't Lose Heart

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Our Scripture readings today have comforting words for us. Isaiah, in our first reading, says: “Be strong, fear not!” In the second reading St. James tells us to “Be patient and do not lose heart.” And in our Gospel account we have the ... Read More »

We Are Still Growing Up!

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

The readings for this Second Sunday of Advent remind us that the Kingdom of God is not some pie in the sky place that awaits us in the future. We are the builders of the Kingdom in our midst and what we are ... Read More »

Advent – A Time to Focus on the Three Comings of Christ

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Happy New Year!  That’s right. Today, as we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent, we begin a new liturgical year.  Therefore it is most appropriate for us to wish one another a happy new year.  Why?  Read on!

Christians live in cyclical, not linear ... Read More »