Browsing From the Pastor

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 »

It Is Never Too Late To Turn Back to God

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Dear sisters and brother in Christ,

Today we bring the liturgical year to an end with the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Our Gospel account from John has Jesus reigning from the Cross and having two thieves hanging one on each side of him.

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A Change in Focus as Liturgical Year Comes to an End

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. The Scripture readings also invite us to reflect on our own mortality and the reality ... Read More »

Faith Sustains Us in a Turbulent World

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Jesus was a very straightforward person. He made it clear to his disciples that things would be difficult at times. Embracing the cross would not be easy. When Jesus spoke about the world he was very realistic. Wars and insurrections, earthquakes, plagues and ... Read More »