Browsing From the Pastor

We Are Called to Serve in Different Ways

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s Gospel account recalls for us how Peter and his companions had been out all night fishing and had caught nothing.  Tired and disappointed, Jesus says to Peter, “Put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”  No matter how exhausted he was, Peter replied, ... Read More »

Faith and Love are Inextricably Connected

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

When Jesus returned to his home town of Nazareth he was invited to preach in the synagogue. The people’s first reaction to him was favorable. They were astonished at the gracious words he spoke. However, their admiration for him soon turned into doubt, then into hostility. What went wrong?

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In Praise of Our Catholic Schools

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today we begin an exciting week in our parish as we open our annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week.  This week is a unique time set aside by the Church in the United States to celebrate the gift that our Catholic Schools are.  How blessed and enriched we are ... Read More »

Mary Is the Model of Ministry

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The Gospel of John depicts Mary as involved at the very beginning of Jesus public ministry at the wedding feast at Cana, and again at the very end on the Hill of Calvary.  Mary is associated with the whole of his ministry.  Looking at the Gospels we see that ... Read More »

Baptism: A Tremendous Gift

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Pope Francis has told us that we should know the date of our own baptism as it was the beginning of our entry into the Kingdom of God. There are many different positions people can hold in the ... Read More »

May the Lamp of Faith Never Fail Us

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The great Native American leader, Black Elk (1863-1950), said a very wise thing: “It is hard to follow one great vision in this world of darkness and changing shadows. Among those shadows people get lost.” Yet this is precisely what the Magi did. They set out in pursuit of ... Read More »

In the House of God, We Learn Who We Are

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. In our first reading we hear about Samuel. Hannah saw him as a gift from God, a sign of God’s favor to her. It is not surprising then that she dedicated him to the Lord. In due time Samuel made ... Read More »

Welcome the Word!

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

On this, the fourth and final Sunday of Advent, we have the Gospel account of Mary visiting Elizabeth. Upon her arrival, Elizabeth proclaims, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

The theme of the blessedness of those who believe ... Read More »

Serve Christ by Serving Others

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

It is obvious from today’s Gospel account that John the Baptist was a very practical man. Christianity is a very practical and social religion. It is not just a matter of God and me, but of God, me, and others.

There is a story about a cobbler by the ... Read More »

God Keeps Calling Us Back

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

There was a famous preacher who Sunday after Sunday faced a large, attentive congregation. One Sunday as he approached the pulpit the worlds of the Gospel were ringing in his ears: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” A thought suddenly struck him: It’s not the ... Read More »