Pastor’s Letter 12.17.17

Dear Friends, Today is Gaudete Sunday. It is the Sunday of rejoicing. Today we focus on joy. Focusing on joy might be difficult in the midst of all the problems in our world and in the darkness of December. Yet, the Church calls us to rejoice. Everywhere we go these days we hear Christmas songs being played in the background. I think if we focus on the words of the song, we may find a truth that …

Pastor’s Letter 12.10.17

Dear Friends, This weekend at the 11:00 Mass, we are participating in the Share the Journey Campaign that Pope Francis kicked off in September. Pope Francis has invited all Catholics, for the next two years, to pray, learn, and befriend the immigrants and refugees of the world. Pope Francis encourages us to share the journey with them. Here is some of the information from the Campaign: Both the Old and New Testaments tell compelling stories of refugees …

Pastor’s Letter 12.3.17

Dear Friends, Today we begin a new liturgical year. Today we begin our Advent preparation for Christmas. The time moves quickly toward Christmas this year because we truly do not have a fourth week of Advent – there is only a part of a day for the Fourth week and it is Christmas Eve. Our preparation, then, has to be crammed into three weeks. Are you busy enough yet, parents, teachers, grandparents, workers? Advent is a time …

Pastor’s Letter 11.26.17

Dear Friends, Our parish will have a guest priest with us for the next few months. Fr. Nicholas Mishek has been living at the rectory with me the past month while he completed an evaluation process required by the Archdiocese. Fr. Nicholas is a new priest who was ordained this past June. He was initially assigned to St. Robert’s Parish in Omaha, but made some pastoral mistakes, which led to his departure. Like all of us who …

Pastor’s Letter 11.19.17

Dear Friends, During the upcoming week we celebrate Thanksgiving where, as a culture, we pause to give thanks to God for the blessings of this past year. I will certainly be thanking God this week for all of you and the blessing you have been to me since I arrived here as your pastor. I am deeply blessed by your presence in my life. Thanks! One of the things people should give thanks for on Thanksgiving is …

Pastor’s Letter 11.12.17

Dear Friends, I ask for your prayers this week as I “do” my annual retreat. Each priest is required to make a retreat once a year. There are a number of different styles to these retreats and many different options for locations. One of my favorite locations is the Eastern Point Retreat House which is a converted mansion perched on the rocky Massachusetts coast, with the crashing waves of the North Atlantic serving as a metaphor for …

Pastor’s Letter 11.5.17

Dear Friends, I am not with you this weekend at Masses because I am the Spiritual Director for the Christians Encounter Christ Weekend for women held at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center. The weekend is a retreat led by lay Catholics for lay Catholics in hopes of opening up the candidates to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. As always, we are in need of your prayers for a successful weekend. Perhaps your prayers for our candidates will …

Pastor’s Letter 10.29.17

Dear Friends, I read an interesting book review recently. The author of the newly published book argues that the problem of fewer people believing in God comes from the loss of people’s ability to use their imagination. He thinks that present day media: film, TV, internet, etc. has provided such a bombardment of images and ideas that a person’s own ability to imagine has diminished. And, the imagination is key to being able to believe something you …

Pastor’s Letter 10.22.17

Dear Friends, First, my deepest thanks to all of you who gave of your time and energy at the Spaghetti Dinner last Sunday. As always, it was a wonderful celebration and gave people from all over Omaha a chance to gather with us, enjoy old friendships, and eat a wonderful dinner. Congratulations to everyone who helped! It was a great success. Thanks especially to those who take on the added burden of leadership roles. Those are not …

Pastor’s Letter 10.15.17

Dear Friends, Today we have our Fall Spaghetti Dinner. I hope that you will take a little time and join us for a meal. Even better, I hope you take an hour or two and help us serve the food to our neighbors and friends who have come to join us for this great event. The money raised at the Spaghetti Dinner goes to support All Saints School. It helps provide an education for low-income children and …