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The Keys and the Sword (#430, Sts Peter and Paul)

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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29). Peter’s statue holds Keys, a sign of his Mission to build up the Church. Paul’s statue carries a sword, a sign of his Mission to unbelievers. Both were motivated by the same thing: a real love for Jesus. Though they were very different, God accepted and called them both. God needs your gifts for Mission and Ministry.

5 Tools for Productivity across Multiple Computers

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Priestly ministry has always faced many challenges: lapsed Catholics, disgruntled volunteers, Diocesan policy, the Devil…. But in the world of today, the biggest challenge can be multiple locations. Many priests are shared between two, three, even four parishes. In my case I split time between two offices. That can lead to lots of frustrations. Maybe you took down a name …

A Step-by-Step Guide to Walking Pilgrimages

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This spring my parish just completed our fourth consecutive walking pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. It’s the only approved Marian apparition site in North America, and it happens to be a convenient 55 miles from my parishes. It shocked and surprised people when I first told them I wanted to walk to the shrine.¬†Americans simply …

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The Heavenly Community of Life and Love (#429, Holy Trinity)

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5 Days, 13 walkers, 58 miles — another successful walking pilgrimage! We found that forming community was hard work. Only the Holy Trinity forms community easily because God is not afraid to give. The family images the Trinity, and so does the parish. These lead us to realize that we are welcomed into the Heavenly family of God himself. Do not be afraid to give; the Father gives so much more in return.

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You are Daddy’s Little Helper (#428, Pentecost)

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Pentecost. Mass at Breakfast on the Farm. The Spirit moves through the world giving life. In place of our our desperate, frenetic pace, the Spirit offers to let us be co-creators with God, and so experience God’s Peace. Move with the Spirit. (8 Jun 2014)

Prayer of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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O sweetest Jesus, whose overflowing charity towards men is most ungratefully repaid by such great forgetfulness, neglect and contempt, see, prostrate before Thy altars, we strive by special honor to make amends for the wicked coldness of men and the contumely with which Thy most loving Heart is everywhere treated. At the same time, mindful of the fact that we …

What is a Deacon?

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Our Diocese recently ordained 4 permanent deacons and one transitional Deacon. If you were wondering, “What’s the difference?”, you’ve come to the right place. Who are deacons? In the Catholic Church, “the clergy” consists of three groups of ordained ministers: bishops, priests, and deacons. While all members of the church are called to minister to others by virtue of their …

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Lifeline to the Lord (#427, Ascension)

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“Jesus did not leave His Father when He came to be with us, and He did not leave us when He went back to the Father.” The Holy Spirit kept Jesus connected with His Father, like a climbing rope, or a lifeline. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus shares our struggles and we share His joy, peace, and love. Wait for the Lord and Witness to Him.