March 31, 2019

Seeking the Lost (What Really Matters – II)

Today’s Gospel of the Prodigal Son is familiar; not so, Saint Luke’s comment that gives the setting for Jesus’ story: Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus. Isn’t that amazing? Jesus and his teaching are – attractive? Attractive to “tax-collectors” (in those days, local extortionists) […]
February 3, 2019

“Practicing” Catholic: Beginning A Series

What are the basics of being a “practicing Catholic” today?  It seems that a lot of well-meaning and faithful people are confused on this, so a refresher might be in order.  I’ll spend a few weeks writing about some of the major topics; of course, I can’t cover everything here. […]
January 27, 2019

Ordinary Time, Together

Two weeks ago I wrote about how Ordinary Time got named.  It’s the season in which we are instructed on how to work effectively together in God’s cause.  In last week’s readings we’re told just what that cause is, as Jesus quoted from Isaiah about the work He has come […]
January 20, 2019

Ending a Chapter, Beginning Another

Over the holidays I found myself back in a parish I used to serve for a Funeral Mass of a long-time parishioner there.  After the Mass I re-met dozens of people from my time there, and one particular thing struck me: how many of them mentioned how important my Bulletin […]
January 13, 2019

End of Christmas, Start of What?

Today marks the end of the Christmas season.  (It seemed to end on Dec. 26 in the stores, but then again our Christmas began on December 25, not on Thanksgiving.)  When we finish celebrating, we get down to work; and that’s what comes next in the church year.
January 6, 2019

The Three Kings’ Journey (2019 Bulletin)

Today’s feast – Epiphany – is often called “Three Kings” in Spanish-speaking cultures, and is a bigger celebration for them than Christmas.  (“Epiphany” comes from a Greek word that means “showing” or “manifestation,” and it celebrates the revelation of Christ to non-Jewish peoples; so in that sense the Hispanic celebration […]
December 30, 2018

Some New Year’s Resolutions

Would you like it if your children, grandchildren – even you – found our parish a place you wanted to be?  Do you think you can contribute to making that possible?  This is a time for making New Year’s resolutions, so let me suggest a few that would make Our […]
December 23, 2018

Welcome at Christmas!

Christmas is, for Christians, the central sign of God’s closeness to us.  In Christ God took on our flesh to show us how much we are loved and accepted even with our confusions, muddles, and sin.  Christ’s Church exists to carry on that message of God’s loving acceptance. And that […]
December 23, 2018

Welcome at Christmas!

Christmas is, for Christians, the central sign of God’s closeness to us.  In Christ God took on our flesh to show us how much we are loved and accepted even with our confusions, muddles, and sin.  Christ’s Church exists to carry on that message of God’s loving acceptance. And that […]
December 16, 2018

Our Pagan Culture and Its Gods V: Bacchus

Bacchus is the Roman god of wine, of abandon, and of freedom from restraint.  (His Greek counterpart is Dionysius.) Traditionally Bacchus was presented as offering wine, music, and ecstatic dance that freed his followers from the limits of daily life.  Is this sounding familiar?