Browsing From the Pastor

Reconciliation Helps Us Experience God's Love More Fully

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The Gospel reading for the First Sunday of Lent challenges us to confront temptation in our life. How often we say that we are not going to cave in but find ourselves falling into the same trap? Each of us is different, but for each of us there is ... Read More »

Fast to Prepare for the Feast

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The season of Lent begins this Wednesday March 1.  Lent is a penitential season and the Church has set down particular regulations for fast and abstinence as the bare minimum when it comes to doing penance.  However, we are called to do more, not less, so as to experience ... Read More »

The Importance of the Spirit of the Law

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

All of us are subject to laws.  Jesus himself was subject to both human and divine law.  As he grew up he obeyed Mary and Joseph.   Jesus obeyed the law of the land and he obeyed God’s law.  This is where it is important for us to understand ... Read More »

Jesus Shows Us the Better Way

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Common sense tells us that hate poisons the heart and love purifies it.  Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel account that we are to love our enemies and this is one of the greatest challenges to authentic discipleship.  Let the following story teach the lesson. Two farmers, John and ... Read More »

Prayerfully Consider Your Support for the Catholic Stewardship Appeal

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The time of year has arrived again to kick off the annual Catholic Stewardship Appeal.  The theme of this year’s Appeal is, “We Are One.”  This speaks to each of us as being one in Christ Jesus and in the archdiocesan-wide faith connection among all Catholics.  This unity of ... Read More »

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 »