Browsing From the Pastor

Come Out of the Shadows of Belief

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Nicodemus is at the heart of today’s Gospel account. He appears three times in the Gospel of John and is a noteworthy character. Nicodemus is a Pharisee, and a member of the Sanhedrin, which was the supreme court of the Jewish people.

We first encounter Nicodemus in today’s passage. ... Read More »

The 10 Commandments Should Be Lived, Not Just Followed

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Once there was a very sincere man who desired to live a holy life. He went to his rabbi to seek advice on how to do this. The rabbi congratulated him on his ambition, then asked, “How are you doing so far?” “Quite well, I think,” replied the man. ... Read More »

Each Day, God Gives Reveals Himself to Us

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s Gospel is the account of the Transfiguration.  This is what we call an “epiphany story,” as the word epiphany means “manifestation.”  Such stories are common in the ancient writings about holy people.  Through these stories, the veil which separates the invisible from the visible world, and the future ... Read More »

May Your Lenten Practices Help You Reject Satan

Posted by David Niles

Insects and flies are lured by the scent of the sweet.  Many times they discover that following a sweet scent can lead to a life of imprisonment or worse.  Unable to resist the lure of the scent, they crawl far into a flower only to get so steeped in ... Read More »

Take Time to Be Alone with God

Posted by David Niles

The Gospel account today tells us that, after Jesus cured the sick and drove out demons, “Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.”  What a wonderful example this is for all of us, in light of the many who ... Read More »

Celebrate Catholic Schools

Posted by David Niles

Today, united with all the Catholic Schools throughout the United States, we begin our celebration of Catholic Schools Week. The theme this year is, “Catholic Schools: Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed.” Our parish is blessed to have a school as part of its mission of forming intentional disciples of Jesus ... Read More »

Receive The Eucharist With Proper Respect

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The greatest gift we are privileged to receive is the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass.  Because people receive Holy Communion regularly, we can become lax, and even very sloppy in our reception of this great and wonderful Sacrament. Within the past couple of months there were two ... Read More »

The Lord Asks Each of Us: Come and See!

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

God did not create us to live in isolation but in community. Within this community we have the opportunity each day to encounter people. Some encounters are insignificant and do not have any impact on our life. However, there are other encounters that turn out to be of great ... Read More »

The Story of the Magi is Our Story

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord.  Our Orthodox sisters and brothers celebrate Christmas today.  The celebration of the Epiphany preceded a date set on the liturgical calendar for Christmas, which did not happen until the 4th Century.  The Epiphany was the manifestation to the world that the ... Read More »

The Holy Family – A Model for All Families

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family.  The Family of Nazareth is a model for us as to what marriage, family, and home life are meant to be.  Some people struggle with this, but when we look at the Holy Family we see how this can be. ... Read More »