Following is the letter Fr. Mike referenced in his pastor’s notes last week, from the Bishop’s Conference regarding the health care legislation. Dear Senator, On June 22, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) outlined initial concerns about the health care reform “discussion draft” developed by the Senate, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (“BCRA”).  […]

Bishop Johnston is encouraging us to support a pro-life initiative currently under consideration in the Missouri Senate.  Please see the message sent from the chancery below. House Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 5 (HCS SB 5) Please prayerfully consider contacting your State Senator to ask him or her to support passage of HCS SB 5.  […]

Someone sent me the following story that reminded me to have patience in my prayer.  You never know what God is cooking up. A visiting Priest was attending a men’s breakfast in Ohio Farm County. He asked one of the impressive older farmers in attendance to say grace that morning.  After all were seated, the […]

Below is a prayer that was used before every session of the Second Vatican Council.  It was the prayer that was on the hearts of all of us who gathered last week to look at how we can be peacemakers in our fractured society. We stand before you, Holy Spirit, conscious of our sinfulness, but […]

In the book we gave out last Christmas, Resisting Happiness, Matthew Kelly gave what he called “The Prayer Process.”  There are seven steps in this process. Gratitude Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today. Awareness Revisit the times in the past twenty-four hours when you were […]

Ask and you will receive. Mt. 7:7 You have been an answer to prayer.  I asked for people to help with our work day and you responded.  There were lots of workers and younger workers to help and much was accomplished.  The first phase of improving our berms along the main drive to church has […]

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity.  Below is a story told by Flor McCarthy, SDB looking at the mystery of our God. One day a farmer went into the city.  As he was walking down a busy street he suddenly stopped and said to a friend who was with him, “I can […]