October 28, 2018

Saints and Souls – II

Friday is All Souls’ Day so let’s talk about Purgatory.  Start with a story. Some years ago I walked into a wake service to preside and, since I didn’t know the deceased, looked for a family member to give me a bit of background.  One of the sons came up […]
February 17, 2013

Practicing Catholic IV: Discipleship and Life Together

If the communion of disciples, instructed by the Gospels and invigorated by the presence of the Risen Christ, is the seedbed of faith and sanctity, how we live together matters greatly.
February 10, 2013

Practicing Catholic III: Discipleship and Silence

I’m faced with a pull from two sides: I regularly hear from one group of parishioners that they find the noise of chatter before Mass distracting and even damaging to their spiritual growth.
February 3, 2013

Practicing Catholic II: The Gospel and Discipleship

How does one learn to belong to the Catholic Church? One common mistake is to focus on the creed at the expense of the Gospel. Creeds are vital — they tell us what we believe.
January 27, 2013

“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.
January 20, 2013

Staff Changes: Update

We’ve had some staff changes over the past few weeks, so I want to note them here.
January 13, 2013

Priests and Masses

As the new year starts I want to bring you up to date on a conversation that’s going on among parish leadership. It has to do with our likely future, when — possibly as early as this June, possibly later — our staff is reduced to two priests.
January 6, 2013

For 2013 — and Beyond

Last week I suggested a New Year’s resolution: Use the new year to figure out what gifts God wants to give to the world through you. Let me tell you a story.