Our Faith is a Treasure . . .

Dear Parishioners, I like to imagine that I’m in the early Church right now because Jesus will come again in 30, 000 years. Four hundred years from now there will be people saying word for word the teachings of the Catholic Church. An unbroken chain of teaching and handing on the faith is happening right…

Making a Moral Judgement

Dear Parishioners, Just as there is an object and a subject in a sentence, the object and the subject are considered when making a moral judgement. When we hear, “We should not judge!” it more accurately we should not judge rashly. A rash judgment is a sin, but telling our neighbor that they are sinning…

Selfishness starts with . . .

Dear Parishioner, Selfishness starts with self-centered thinking. This begins in childhood and hangs on for years unless it is dealt with. Getting out of one’s self is at the core of picking up our cross and following Jesus. Selfish people find it hard to let go and let God. Life is hard when the selfishness…

Our School is our largest ministry

Dear Parishioners, Our Parish School begins this Monday. The school is the largest Ministry of our parish. Let us send our prayers and support to school. When driving around the parish, please slow down because as many as 400 some children may be present. I want to thank the parents for the sacrifices that are…

Prayer is important . . .

Dear Parishioners, Prayer is important to most of us. Most would agree that prayer should be held in high regard. We cannot just talk about prayer; we actually have to do it. Next weekend we have our Stewardship of Prayer commitment weekend. Please take some time this week to think about what might be added…

St. Lawrence is a model for us

Question: On August 10 we celebrate St. Lawrence. He was a deacon who valued the true treasures of the church. Can you tell us more about him? Answer: There is little known about Lawrence other than he was a deacon in Rome during the reign of Emperor Valerian from 253-259. In 258, Valerian began a…

Who are Joachim and Anna?

Question: July 26 is the feast of Joachim and Anna. Who are they and what do we know about them? Answer: Joachim and Anna are the parents of Mary, the mother of Jesus, yet there is absolutely no biblical reference to them whatsoever. So where do we get their names, and what is their story?…

The Feast of Mary Magdalene

Question: July 22 is the feast of Mary Magdalene. Who was she and is it true that she was a prostitute who followed Jesus around in his ministry? Answer: Recent biblical scholarship has been trying for a long time to correct Mary Magdalene’s misconstrued reputation as a prostitute. Biblical information reveals her as one of…