Browsing From the Pastor

What Kind of Seed Are You Sowing?

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today we hear the beautiful parable of the sower and the seed.  It is an excellent reflection for us as we look at our own life.  I share with you today the story of a seed. All during the dark cold winter I lay in a barn, warm, dry ... Read More »

The Power of Humility

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Our first reading today gives us the image of a king coming humbly to Zion, riding on a donkey.  He is the messenger of peace.  This prophecy found its fulfillment on Palm Sunday when Jesus entered the holy city of Jerusalem, unarmed and defenseless. Though Jesus bore no weapons, ... Read More »

We Are Saved by Christ's Love

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today, Jesus tells us that if we are going to be his disciples we must take up our cross each day and follow him.  Not the most pleasant thing to here but it’s not an option when it comes to discipleship. Our cross will never, in any way, shape, ... Read More »

Reflections On My First Year at St. Joseph

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The Psalmist wrote, “Give thanks to the Lord, invoke God’s Name; make known among the people God’s deeds!  Sing praise, play music; proclaim all God’s wondrous deeds!” On June 21, 2016, I arrived at St. Joseph Parish to begin my new assignment.  While it doesn’t seem possible, over one ... Read More »

The Living Bread That Satisfies All Hungers

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

As human beings we cannot live on bread alone.  We suffer from many kinds of hunger.  If we look at the Gospels we see the various kinds of “bread” Jesus offered to others to satisfy their hungers. To those who followed him into the desert, and who were hungry, ... Read More »

Our God is a God of Love

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

One day two learned men were walking along the seashore, discussing the mystery of God.  However, they weren’t making much progress.  Suddenly they came upon a small boy playing on the beach.  He had dug a hole in the sand and kept running down to the sea, dipping his ... Read More »

Open Your Life to the Holy Spirit

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday.  It is on this feast that we recall the fulfillment of the promise Jesus made before he returned to the right hand of the Father to send the gift of the Holy Spirit.

“Come, Holy Spirit, enlighten our minds and enkindle within our hearts the ... Read More »

Jesus Is Aways With Us

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

There is a story that when Jesus returned to heaven after his death and resurrection, the Archangel Gabriel was surprised to see him back so soon.  Thirty three years is not a long time, especially when you think about the importance and proportions of the task he had been ... Read More »

What Jesus Asks of Us

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

There are several times in the Gospel when Jesus says to his disciples, “If you love me, keep my commandments.”  By “commandments” he is speaking of a new spirit, new values and attitudes towards God, our neighbor, and life. Let us imagine that Jesus is speaking to us and ... Read More »

Faith Keeps Us

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

There comes a time in the lives of all believers when things get dark, and they have to accept what is happening, even though they cannot make sense out of it.  It is at such times that we need strong faith, but it is also at such times that ... Read More »