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Spend Some Time with the Crucified Christ

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today's Gospel account is about the transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor. This event is what we call an epiphany story. Such stories are common in ancient writing about holy people. In these stories, the veil which separates the invisible from the visible world, and the future from the ... Read More »

We Are Part of Something Much Larger

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

This Monday, February 22, we will celebrate the Feast of the Chair of Peter. Now this might seem like a strange thing to celebrate, but the feast commemorates Jesus’ choosing of the Apostle Peter to sit in his place as the servant-leader of the universal Church.

After the heart-wrenching ... Read More »

Jesus Sets the Example of How to Treat Those Who Society Rejects

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Little gestures can give us better insight into a person’s character than big ones. We have a very good example of this in today’s Gospel as Jesus cured the man from leprosy. Jesus touched the leper before he cured him. Seems like a small thing in itself but when ... Read More »

We Need to Be Made Up of Both Martha and Mary

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

One of the dangers of our society is that many people believe that unless they fill up every minute of their day with work or other activity, they are wasting time. This leaves them with very little time for themselves. People can suffer burnout or a break down. We ... Read More »

Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today, united with all the Catholic Schools throughout the United States, we being our annual celebration of “Catholic Schools Week.” It is a week of activities as we celebrate our identity and what a Catholic education has to offer. It is a special week for us at St. Joseph ... Read More »

Repentance Opens the Way to Rebirth

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Our Scripture readings for this Sunday call us to reflect on our need to repent of our sins. The prophet Jonah preached repentance to the pagan city of Nineveh, and much to his surprise the people heeded his message. In our Gospel account Jesus said, “This is the time ... Read More »

Jesus Invites Us into a Close and Loving Relationship with Him

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

When God created human beings, he did not create us to live in isolation but made us for community. Throughout our entire lives we encounter a variety of individuals who in one way or another influence our life. It can be a one- time encounter, a long term relationship, ... Read More »

A Defining Moment for Jesus – and for Us

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Many people experience times in their life which prove to be decisive turning points. They reach a cross roads where they are challenged with radically different choices which can change the entire direction of their life. God’s grace is at work calling a person to go down a new ... Read More »

The Poverty of Jesus Enriches the Magi

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Once the people of a very poor parish set their hearts on acquiring an expensive set of figures for their Nativity scene. They worked hard to raise the funds to buy the figures which were made of rare porcelain. Eventually they had their Nativity set and they were very ... Read More »

Holiness is the Fruit of Sacrifice and Struggle

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. Sometimes that title can intimidate people since we are called to use the Family of Nazareth as the model for home and family life. Perhaps the problem is that we have an idealized picture of it: angels whispering in the ... Read More »