Browsing From the Pastor

Renew Your Commitment to Christ Daily

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The words of Jesus in today’s Gospel account can be quite unsettling. “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. Anyone of you who does not renounce all one’s possessions cannot be my disciple.”

Jesus did not hide the reality from his disciples ... Read More »

We Are Raised Up When We Enter the House of God

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s Gospel account tells us of Jesus being invited to a dinner at the house of a leading Pharisee. All eyes were on him when he arrived and, in return, Jesus was watching their behavior. The Pharisees were very religious people, and set themselves up as role models. Yet ... Read More »

Let God Be God

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

“Lord, will only a few be saved?”  The man asking Jesus this question obviously thought that heaven was a select club to which only members are admitted.  He was a Jew and as such would have believed that only Jews would be admitted to the Kingdom of Heaven. Gentiles ... Read More »

Respect the Lord's Day

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Let us continue this week to reflect on the message of Archbishop Alan Vigneron of Detroit on the importance of reclaiming Sunday as the Lord’s Day.  He writes,

“Keeping holy Sunday also reminds us of our eternal destiny; it allows us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.  We ... Read More »

Reclaim Sunday as the Lord's Day

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Recently the archbishop of Detroit, the Most Rev. Alan Vigneron, issued a pastoral note entitled, “The Day of the Lord.”  I would like to share with you some of his comments about the importance of reclaiming Sunday as the Lord’s Day, “a day set apart for the Lord, for ... Read More »

Open Your Life to the Presence of God

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

We live in an age where silence is feared and many people are afraid to spend time being alone.  People are constantly using modern means of technology to communicate with others.  Televisions sets and radios are turned on to provide background noise.  People wear headphones when exercising rather than ... Read More »

Are You a Witness for Jesus?

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 »

Receive the Gift of Jesus's Peace

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Jesus spoke some very powerful words to his disciples at the Last Supper, “Peace I leave  you, my peace I give you.  A peace that the world cannot give.  Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”

The Hebrew word for peace is shalom, a word widely used ... Read More »

Love Makes Us Instruments of God’s Providential Care

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Once upon a time a man planted a fruit tree in a forest.  At first the little fruit tree felt lost in the midst of so many great trees.  The sight of those mighty trees made it feel insignificant.  They were so tall, strong, and useful.  It was so ... Read More »

Find Comfort in the Words of the Good Shepherd

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The Fourth Sunday of Easter gives us the beautiful image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd.  This is by far a favorite of many people.  Who is not moved by the image of the Good Shepherd cradling a lamb in his arms, or holding a sheep tightly around his ... Read More »