Pastor’s Messages

Hope and Advent Blessings

November 28, 2013 Advent has arrived! A new liturgical season has begun. We turn to Matthew’s Gospel for guidance and insight. How do we proceed? Consider one approach from one of the liturgical pioneers of our Catholic Church during this post-Vatican II era: Advent Human beings cannot live without hope. Unlike the animals, we are blessed —…

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Vatican Announces Worldwide Survey

November 7, 2013 Have you seen the recent article (see below) from the Vatican announcing a worldwide survey on our response to social and family matters? What does this say about our beloved Pope Francis? Our Church? I pray that we view this outreach as a beacon for hope for our Church. Keep the faith! Fr. Brian **********************************************************…

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The Lord’s Work

Originally posted November 3, 2013 This weekend we celebrate our annual Memorial Mass and our Ministry Fair. I believe this scheduling is more than mere coincidence; rather, these celebrations are intimately tied to one another. Both events honor our efforts to continue Jesus’ work here at St. Edwards. Through baptism every Christian/Catholic takes on the responsibility to…

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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?

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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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