The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. (Is. 9:1) Our informational forum about refugees on Thursday, January 12th, was well intended and thought provoking.  The Pastoral Council continues to look at ways it would be feasible for our […]

This past week was National Migration Week in our Church.  For nearly a half a century the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week.  Below is a prayer that comes from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  I encourage you to say this prayer during the course of this week.  […]

Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. “All these things” certainly changed Mary.  Consider what she had to ponder:  an angel telling her she would bear God’s own son; a census causing her to travel to Bethlehem on a donkey’s back; a manger filled with straw intended only for animals; a […]

In The Catholic Key Bishop Johnston wrote a Christmas note to us entitled “Christmas and Christ the Immigrant.”  I think his message bears repeating. “I wish all of you the blessings of joy and peace as we celebrate the nearness of Jesus over these coming days of Christmas.  The nativity (or birth) of Jesus was […]


When we think of the nativity story often we tend to merge the two stories into one.  Read the first two chapters of the Gospel of Matthew.  What is missing from the nativity story as you remember it?  In today’s passage from the Gospel of Matthew we are told how the birth of Jesus Christ […]

John the Baptist is in prison.  He hears about the work of Christ and sends his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Responding to John’s disciples, Jesus gave evidence from his works rather than words.  Wherever he encountered people, the result was transformation:  […]

I hope many of you will be able to come back this Sunday (December 4th) at 7:00 p.m. to hear Bishop Johnston’s presentation for Advent.  It is a way to prepare ourselves during this Advent season and an opportunity to get to know our bishop a little better. Reconciliation Services in the Lee’s Summit parishes […]