Browsing From the Pastor

Joy is the Fruit of Love

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Oscar Wilde wrote a beautiful story that I think fits in well with today’s Gospel account and Jesus’ commandment of loving one another.  The story is as follows:

Every afternoon as they came home from school the children played in the Giant’s garden.  It was a lovely garden, with ... Read More »

Jesus Asks Us to Be Fruitful

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The greatest person in all of history to walk the face of the earth, Jesus the Christ, wrote no books, left no buildings or monuments behind.  However, he did something far greater and more necessary, though less ostentatious, Jesus formed a community.  That is his legacy!

We heard in ... Read More »

Pray for Vocations, and Pray for Me

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, is traditionally called “Good Shepherd Sunday.”  Each year on this Sunday we hear from one of the Gospel accounts, Jesus identifying himself as the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep.  It is a very powerful image and one that ... Read More »

Understand the Power of the Resurrection

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

After the death of Jesus the apostles returned to the Upper Room and kept the doors locked.  It was a room filled with bittersweet memories.  It was in that room that Jesus had washed their feet, celebrated the Last Supper with them, and the place where the apostles pledged ... Read More »

Faith Takes Us Where Our Senses Cannot Go

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

“Unless I see, unless I touch, I will not believe!” said Thomas.  On the surface it sounds reasonable and logical.  It represents the rational approach so much in use today.  There are those who feel that everything can be rationally explained.  If something is obscure, all we have to ... Read More »

Today is the Day of Easter Joy!

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today is the day of Easter joy!  However, we cannot fully appreciate the greatness of the resurrection of Jesus unless we acknowledge the full reality of his death.  Jesus died in darkness and he trusted enough in God to face the darkness, and to wait for the resurrection.    ... Read More »

Make This Week Truly a Holy Week

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today we enter into the holiest week of the Church’s liturgical year as we celebrate the Paschal Mystery, that being, the suffering, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. It can be a very emotional week as we reflect on the immense love God has for us, as revealed ... Read More »

On Our Lenten Journey, May We Get Out of Ourselves and Into Christ

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

One of the most beautiful sights to behold is a field filled with young stalks of wheat. It is interesting to watch them swaying in the wind and glowing in the sunlight. Yet, how strange is the process by which these stalks of wheat come into existence.

The process ... Read More »

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 »