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More on Our Pastoral Transition

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

When we look back in time there was so much hype surrounding the year 2000 and the beginning of the new millennium. Now, 20 years later, all the predictions seem laughable. Here we are living in the year 2020 with a whole new set of challenges. Yet, as always, ... Read More »

Why You Should Celebrate Your Baptism

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The question has been raised, “Why was Jesus baptized?” Truly it does seem out of place that the sinless one would submit to baptism. After all, John’s baptism was a summons to repentance. It was for sinners who were conscious of their sinfulness. Jesus did not have any reason ... Read More »

The Epiphany Unites Us as One Family

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord. The word “epiphany” means “a manifestation or revelation.” On this day it was revealed that Jesus was sent into the world to be the Savior of all peoples, Jews and Gentiles alike. No one was excluded from receiving this most precious ... Read More »

Amid Our Fears, God Is With Us

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

There are some people who fear, maybe even dread, the approach of Christmas. It is not Christmas itself that causes this fear but something else. 

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

Jesus Comes to Us Every Day

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The mission of John the Baptist was to prepare the people for the coming of the Messiah. John firmly believed that Jesus was the Messiah that the prophets spoke of. However, now he is in prison with the threat of death hanging over him, and he begins to have second ... Read More »

Keep the Flame of Hope Burning Brightly

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The Prophet Isaiah uses the image of a lamb lying down with the wolf, each one of them having nothing to fear from the other, to describe the messianic age. It is a picture of a time of universal peace where the strong will no longer prey on the weak, ... Read More »

May We Be Richly Blessed This Advent Season

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

We Christians live in cyclical time. We begin each liturgical year on the First Sunday of Advent and end it with the Solemnity of Christ the King. Then the cycle begins again. This reminds us of our belief in eternal life, Resurrection and glory!

Today we begin a new ... Read More »

Our Lives Are to Be the Living Proclamation of the Kingdom of God

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

We bring our liturgical year to a close today with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. It is a good feast for us to reflect on this most unusual king and his kingdom.

The proclamation of the coming of the Kingdom dominated the preaching ... Read More »

Faith: The Best Help of All

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Most folks are familiar with Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager who lived in Amsterdam during the early years of World War II. When the Germans started rounding up all Jews, she and her family went into hiding. There was a total of seven in all and they hid for ... Read More »

Our Destiny Is to Be One with God

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The Church’s liturgical year is drawing closer to its end. As it does, our Scripture readings focus our attention on the end of the age and the return of the Lord Jesus in glory. They also invite us to reflect on our own mortality and the reality that one ... Read More »