My latest brainchild - Teaching Thursdays. The idea is to offer an opportunity for ongoing Catechesis for the members of our parish. Thursday is also a special day, because it commemorates the institution of the priesthood, so what better day than Thursday for people to gather with their priests in order to discuss, study, and deepen their knowledge of the faith. I’m hoping that this will become an ongoing feature in our parish, so that there will be no need to advertise.
I just came back from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, where along with 17 priests from the United States and with Cardinal Raymond Burke from the Vatican, we journeyed to the places where Jesus once lived. Our journey began in the region of Galilee, where Jesus ministered. Countless sites are marked by Churches, some dating back to the early 4th and 5th centuries, where significant events in the life and ministry of Jesus took place. After four days in the region of Galilee
I got a Fitbit for Christmas – doesn’t just about everyone have one? I was home for several days over the holidays and it praised me constantly for my many steps, my calorie burn, my determination! Since I’ve been back to work I’m getting constant reminders…gentle nudges…little zaps, actually, telling me to get up and get moving. It got me thinking. What if we were all equipped with a Spiritual Fitbit? Wouldn’t that be something? If we were sent gentle reminders…nudges…zaps f
Now that the new year is upon us, and our Christmas celebrations are finished, it’s time for an update. Here are a few things I look forward to at the start of this new year: * Our parish hall addition is coming along. We are now looking at the end of January as the new completion date, though that may still move a bit depending on many factors. We are very close, and the trades are working hard each day to finish the job. Once completed, we will be busy trying to move al
What can I wish you in this New Year? The first Sunday of the New Year is the Solemnity of the Epiphany. On this feast we commemorate the revelation of Jesus to the entire world through the mysterious visit of the three kings, or wise men. The Church sees in these mysterious figures from the East a recognition of non-Jewish encounter with a God who was, until that point, only known by the Jews. In short, we believe that Jesus came to all peoples, as everyone has a need to
Christmas season is not only short (if you discount the commercial lead up to it), but it is also filled with stories and traditions we know so well. There is something comforting, I think, in celebrating that which is old, well known, and so so familiar. Like slipping into a pair of old comfortable shoes. In a world that seems to be moving further and further away from God, it sure is interesting how Christmas has maintained its staying power. The more I think about the