Browsing From the Pastor

Faith Assures Us a Share in the Victory

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

A woman was hurrying home from work.  This was her night to play bingo.  Suddenly she noticed a young man standing on the edge of the pavement holding a sign which read; THE END OF THE WORLD IS NEAR.  She went up to him and said, “You say the ... Read More »

We Embark on an Amazing Journey

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

On October 17-19, three staff members and I attended the Amazing Parish Conference. We were blessed to have one of our parishioners on the coaching team. It was exciting three days, as we were being challenged to move our parishes from “maintenance” mode to “mission” mode. That being: from ... Read More »

Our Vocation is Love

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Our Gospel account today has Jesus laying out before us the two Great Commandments: Love God above all things and love one’s neighbor as one love’s oneself.  All of life is based on living out these two commandments.

We live in an age ... Read More »

The Presence of Children in Church Is a Gift

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

A couple of weeks ago a parishioner gave me the following which I think is important for all of us to read.

TO THE PARENTS OF OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, MAY WE SUGGEST:

Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s House.  ... Read More »

Love Makes a Bitter Cup Drinkable

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

One of the images the Scriptures use for life is that of a cup.  Just as a cup may be filled with a bitter-sweet drink, so the life of each of us could be said to be a mixture of the sweet and the bitter.  It is a rich ... Read More »

Put Absolute Trust in God

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Why did the young man in today’s Gospel account come to Jesus?  Many people in his position would have been more than happy with their lot in life.  Was it that he was still questioning?  Was it that his heart had not yet been hardened by riches?  We don’t ... Read More »

Love Never Fails

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s first reading from the Book of Genesis quotes God as saying, “It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a suitable partner for him.”

Rabbi Harold Kushner, well-known for his book, Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People, tells how a young ... Read More »

Be Generous to Those You Meet

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today people are living closer and closer together which makes the influence we have on others even greater.  Whether we are aware of it or not, we can either be stumbling blocks or stepping stones for others on the road to salvation.  Let me share with you some examples ... Read More »

Jesus Redefined Ambition

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

There is nothing wrong with being ambitious, to have goals, to be good at what one does and to succeed in it.  But ambition can get out of hand and can cause one to forget everything else in the pursuit of success.

In today’s Gospel account we see the ... Read More »

Pray for Abuse Victims and for the Purification of the Church

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

These past few weeks have been extremely difficult for the Church. The Pennsylvania’s grand jury’s report about abuse and the cover-up was both sickening and very disheartening.  The fall of a well-known cardinal, the cover-ups by some of the bishops, and the revelation of the number of priests and ... Read More »