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Building the Kingdom

Originally posted October 27, 2013 “RE-ENGAGE!” is the rallying cry of this year’s stewardship campaign. I hope that everyone has received their stewardship packet by now (they were available in the church foyer these past two weekends and any not picked up were mailed out); or, more importantly, I pray that every parish family is taking time to seriously…

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World Mission Sunday

Originally posted October 20, 2013 Pope Francis has proclaimed in his World Mission Sunday message, “…the power of God’s love is able to overcome the darkness of evil and guide us on the path of goodness.” As we join in prayer and offer gifts of support to help provide spiritual and physical support to struggling communities, we…

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Moving Forward: Leadership and the Catholic Church

September 29, 2013 This past week I returned from my annual retreat — thanks for all the prayers of support! — filled with the peace and joy which a week of prayer and reflection amidst the mountains of Washington can bring. Unfortunately, the very day I returned is when the latest scandal involving our Archdiocese…

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Welcome Fr. Hazel

September 22, 2013 This weekend we are blessed to have Fr. Robert Hazel fill in for me while I am on retreat. Fr. Hazel will speak at all the Masses on behalf of Cross Catholic Outreach which was founded to create a meaningful link between parishes in America and the priests and nuns working in…

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Autumn Season Has Begun

September 15, 2013 I can tell that summer is over and the autumn season has begun for two events are about to occur: 1) The start of the RCIA (Rite of Christian/Catholic Initiation for Adults); and, 2) The arrival of my annual retreat. Yes, once again I am doing my part in helping out our…

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New Beginnings

Originally posted September 8, 2013 This Sunday we celebrate our annual Feast of St. Edwards. A BIG THANK YOU to our Feast Committee and to everyone who contributed to this special day. This is a wonderful way for us to kick off our new church-programming year. As we ponder what this new beginning will be,…

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Why do I have to tell my sins to a Priest?

confessional

September 1, 2013 Here is Part II of Archbishop Nienstedt’s recent column on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. View last week’s post for Part I or go to TheCatholicSpirit.com for the full column. Summer blessings, Fr. Brian __________________________________________________________________________ Sacrament of Reconciliation: Why confess to a priest? (Part II) Why would forgiveness be the first thing Jesus willed…

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Understanding the Gifts of the Sacraments

August 25, 2015 Originally posted August 25, 2013 I am regularly confronted with people who are lamenting the “decline” of the Catholic Church. These concerned individuals point to people they know who have either become lax in their faith or simply left the Catholic Church to join another Christian church. I believe a huge factor…

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Pope Inspires Hope Through His Actions

Pope Francis

August 15, 2013 Originally posted August 18, 2013 Gestures Louder Than Words Resisting the cape and fancy shoes Bowing his head to receive the people’s blessing Paying his own bill at the hotel after the Conclave Riding in the Cardinals’ van and not in a separate limo Living outside the Papal Apartments and eating in…

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New Orleans Mission Trip (NOLA) Day 7

August 2, 2013 The week of work has come to a close today but that doesn’t mean our time on this mission is over yet! Finishing the week we spent of these houses was an incredibly powerful time for us all because it meant that either the home owner would soon be moving in after…

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