Browsing From the Pastor

Our Lives Are Barren Without the Word of God

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The Gospels contain many parables. Jesus’ favorite method of teaching was using parables. In doing so, he was following the tradition of the rabbis at the time. Why was teaching in parables so important and fruitful?

Once there was a famous rabbi who loved to illustrate a truth by ... Read More »

Take On the Yoke That Brings Peace

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Jesus says to us in today’s Gospel account, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.” The virtues of humility and meekness don’t appear to make much sense in our world today.

Take ... Read More »

Open Your Hearts Through Hospitality

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Our First Reading from the Second Book of Kings and our Gospel account today both speak of the importance of hospitality.  One of the joys in life is to meet a warm, friendly, hospitable person.  Hospitality is one of the hallmarks of a true disciple.

I’ve noticed these past ... Read More »

It's So Simple If You Trust God

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s Gospel account has Jesus calling for witnesses, that is, people who are not afraid to be seen as his disciples in a sometimes hostile world.  Fear is something that can hold a person back from being a bold witness to the Gospel. Jesus told his apostles, “Do not ... Read More »

The Greatest Gift the World Has Ever Been Given

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

There was a story told by the late Cardinal Basil Hume when he was the Archbishop of Westminster about his visit to Ethiopia during the time when a great famine struck the country during the years 1984-1986.  One of the settlements he visited was up in the hills where ... Read More »

We Are Created to Be a Community of Love

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

“O most holy Trinity, undivided unity, Holy God, mighty God, God immortal be adored!”

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, professing our faith in the truth that there are Three Persons, One God.  What an awesome and powerful Mystery for us to reflect on.

What ... Read More »

Welcome the Holy Spirit

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

“Come, Holy Spirit, enlighten our minds and enkindle with us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and renew the face of the earth!”

Many folks are familiar with the saying, “If March roars in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb.” March is ... Read More »

We Are Sent Forth

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

We know that in every court case witnesses play a crucial role. Without the presence of at least one credible witness, the case will surely be lost. The task of the witness is simple. The person is to supply evidence that supports the claims being made. A witness needs ... Read More »

The Words of Everlasting Life

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s Gospel account has us once again in the Upper Room in Jerusalem on the night before Jesus died. Jesus continues to have a heart-to-heart conversation with his disciples. During the conversation he tells them, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

What commandments was Jesus speaking ... Read More »

Real Faith Assures us that God is with Us in the Midst of the Crisis

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

There comes a time in the lives of all believers when things get dark, and one has to believe what one cannot prove, and to accept it though they cannot understand or make sense out of what is happening. It is precisely at times such as this that we ... Read More »