So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. —Mt. 5:48 We hear more challenges in our Scripture today.  Moses tells us to be holy because God is holy.  Jesus uses the word “perfect” instead of “holy.”  Whatever word you use that is quite a challenge.  One that seems impossible.  In her reflection on […]

In the Roman Missal (that book I use for prayers at mass) there is a section entitled “Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions.”  At the information meeting we had on refugees Fr. Paul Turner recommended that we occasionally use the prayer for Refugees and Exiles that comes from that section of the missal.  […]

This weekend is Scout Sunday.  I am grateful to the scouts, their parents and the leaders of the troop who gather with us at the 8:30 a.m. mass this Sunday.  Scouting is a wonderful program for our young people. Our Mops group is having a bake sale after masses this weekend.  Please support them by […]

God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God.  […]

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 […]