“Father, can you officiate my backyard wedding?” I get these calls several times a year. “No, I’m not allowed to celebrate a wedding outside a Catholic Church,” I explain. One US Diocese is temporarily permitting priests to celebrate outdoor weddings. It’s a one year experiment in meeting people where they are at (in the backyard, apparently). I understand the importance of …
…the first Mass in the Green Bay Diocese, the state of Wisconsin, and most of the Northwest Territory was celebrated in Oconto, WI. All over Wisconsin there are historical markers that detail the visits of explorers and the exploits of early settlers. In the city of Oconto we have the most amazing historical marker. It’s worth at trip to town …
Jesus invites us to be humble as he is humble. At the Mass, Jesus welcomes those who cannot repay Him and offers them an hour in heaven. All Jesus is asking is that we welcome others as He welcomes us. [AUDIO]
The Trinity gives himself to us in the Eucharist. Under the appearances of bread and wine hide the Body and Blood of Christ. The bread is changed so we can be transformed. Are you allowing yourself to become the Body of Christ? (30 May 2016)
Catholics have an obligation to attend Mass every single Sunday, barring cases of illness and emergency. I know many people that feel bad if they miss Mass simply because they love coming to Mass. That’s the right attitude to Mass. But not every Catholic is there, and I get that. Then there are those who tell me, “I believe in God …
Communion means Jesus is always with us; we are never alone. Mass has taught us so many wonderful things that we must go tell the whole world the Good News of God’s love! That’s a big job but we can do it because we have union with Jesus. When people see us, they should see Jesus in us. Go live the Gospel of the Lord! (3 Mar 2013)
Four Things the Church is Serious About, part 1: The Church is serious about Mass on Sunday. Deliberately missing Mass on Sunday is a mortal sin. Don’t spiritually starve to death. Come to Mass on Sunday. (17 Feb 2012)
Family Mass #3 – The Offertory. God has been very generous to us. The bread and wine, given back to God, becomes Jesus Christ. In the same way the “stuff” of our lives, when offered to God, becomes something holy. Give God your stuff. (4 Dec 2012)
Ordinary33 – This feels like a Y2K moment for the church: a whole lot of hype for not a big deal. Why bother? You get out of Mass what you put into Mass. If you are getting nothing out of Mass, I think we know where the problem starts. Please respond.
Ordinary32 – It’s easy to hide in a crowd. But what do I believe? I believe that Jesus is “con-sub-stantial” with the Father. If we learn the Creed well, we will also learn how to recognize God when He appears in humble ways every day.