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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 »

Nothing Is Impossible For God

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today's Gospel account presents us with that moment in human history when a humble teenage girl was asked to be the mother of the Savior. It is a scene that is filled with mystery, as the words of the angel echo in our ears, "For nothing will be impossible ... Read More »

Rejoice in the Lord Always!

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today, the Third Sunday of Advent, the Church celebrates Gaudete Sunday, a Latin word that means “rejoice!” Today the rose colored candle on the Advent Wreath is lit and serves as a reminder that we are getting closer to Christmas. The light is getting brighter and is symbolic of ... Read More »

Pay Attention to Your Spiritual Health

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

A teacher was explaining to her grade school students the value of cleanliness and a healthy lifestyle. She placed four worms in separate jars. The first worm was put into a jar of alcohol. The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke. The third worm was ... Read More »

May This Truly Be a New Beginning for Each One of Us

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

There are situations that come up in life that cry out for our immediate attention and we readily heed the warnings. We know from experience that to not be prepared can lead to unfavorable results.

Over 2000 years ago, Jesus told us that he would return in glory, and ... Read More »