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Living Jesus’ ideas of healing and non-violence (Fr. Andrew)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

  Living Jesus’ ideas of healing and non-violence (Fr. Andrew)

        Yearning for life-changing ideas that can make us better Christian requires that one turns to the right and trusted source-Jesus. Jesus was a man of constant actions, and all his actions were imbued with grand ideas that are ... Read More »

Spiritual Works of Mercy Series (Fr. Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

WORKS OF MERCY

I'm sure you recall we reflected upon, and put into practice, each of the Corporal Works of Mercy during the Year of Mercy. (Dec. 8, 2015 to Nov. 20, 2016)

We had a project for each work of mercy. Give Drink to the Thirsty: baby formula; ... Read More »

Thank You (Fr. Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

I think the two words – “thank you” – are two of the most important words in the English language (well, any language for that matter!). Unfortunately, it is a traditional and common courtesy which has fallen out of favor.   I recall catching a comment in a Dear Abby column ... Read More »

Vicar of Christ (Fr. Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

I often wonder how popes come up with homily material. Do they sit down at a desk to compose a homily just like I do? (How would they have the time?). Do they ever wonder, "What will I say this Christmas?!" Do they get in a panic mode and ... Read More »

Snowy the Elf (Fr. Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

One day this past week I caught a spot on one of our local TV stations about using the Elf on a Shelf to motivate children's behavior in the days leading up to Christmas.  The segment ended with the presenter musing, "But I don't know what to do the ... Read More »

We Have Proper Ministers at Mass? (Fr. Andrew)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

We Have Proper Ministers at Mass?

Did you ever hear the Old Catholic phrase “to hear the mass?” Sure! For those familiar with the mass before Vatican II, the phrase was too often used. Today it is almost as if it has been archived in the Vatican repository so ... Read More »

Parish Pilgrimages (Fr. Andrew)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Parish Pilgrimages

I have thought of a destination pilgrimage to any site of great admiration and ecstasy for a long time - the Holy Land, Italy (The Vatican), Fatima in Portugal, Lourdes in France and the like. But I am not fully organized for the one Fr. Dwayne is ... Read More »

A Gesture of Silence (Fr. Andrew)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

A Gesture of Silence

 I still remember the first phrase I heard from the onset of my days in the Seminary, "Magnum Silencium!" (i.e. Great Silence!). The “Great Silence” refers to the quiet moment we observe in order to hear no other voice but that of God who speaks ... Read More »

Everything Connects to the Church Year (Fr. Andrew)

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Everything Connects to the Church Year

The end of the Liturgical Year B (Cycle B) is here, and so Year C is almost at the thresholds of our churches. We have spent a twelfth-month period in our parish churches celebrating the Paschal Mysteries together, exchanging greetings, praying with and ... Read More »