Browsing From the Pastor

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.


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 »

What Do You See in the Mirror?

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Mirrors are part of everyday life. We look in them each day to see how we look. The Apostle James likens the Word of God to a mirror. He tells us that “To listen to the Word of God is like looking in a mirror.” James tells us that ... Read More »

Plenty of Events, Opportunities for St. Joseph Parishioners

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

While it may seem difficult to believe, the month of August is upon us.  Where have the days and weeks of summer gone?  Way to fast, many of us would say.

I would like to use this week’s column to highlight some of the activities that are coming up ... Read More »