Pastor’s Letter 2.11.18

Dear Friends, Lent is a holy season in the church calendar, but I wonder if it isn’t awfully easy to miss the point of it. Pope Francis recently wrote a letter to the church about the season. In it, he reminds us to practice the basic Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. He says we should do those things because our hearts have a tendency to become cold and they need to be warmed up again …

Pastor’s Letter 2.4.18

Dear Friends, The Christmas season ended on January 7, though in some churches the remnants of Christmas remain. The three CUES schools gathered at Holy Name Church on Wednesday of last week to celebrate Mass for Catholic Schools Week together and, in their church, the Poinsettias were still front and center. I asked Fr. Vitalis about them and he said the women in the parish took such good care of them that they would not die. He …

Pastor’s Letter 1.28.18

Dear Friends, This week we celebrate the gift of Catholic Schools to our church and to our community. I am a product of a Catholic School upbringing. When I was student, I did not really know what a gift I was receiving by having that kind of education. I did not know how much I was being challenged and how hard I was working. It was not until I attended a public college and found classes to …

Pastor’s Letter 1.21.18

Dear Friends, Most of us probably think it would be wonderful if we simply received a clear command from God. In my experience of giving spiritual direction, people keep seeking for what God wants them to do. They ask God for signs, for some clear manifestation of God’s will, for a voice that would tell them what to do…like the disciples in today’s gospel who hear Jesus call them by name and invite them to follow him. …

Pastor’s Letter 1.14.18

Dear Friends, In the gospel today, disciples of John the Baptist begin to follow Jesus and he invites them to come and stay with him. That is how they get to know him. It is how we get to know him too. One of the first demands of discipleship is to have a relationship with Jesus. This time with Jesus and his Father is both public and private. Yes, it is very important to come and spend …

Pastor’s Letter 7.9.17

Dear Friends, Preparing to leave for the IXIM mission trip to Guatemala has inspired me to pray about the purpose of the trip and what will make it a success. From our North American view, we might be tempted to say that the trip is successful if we have accomplished our task of building the water purification plant. We would know then that people will have clean water to drink, that fewer people will be ill, and …

Pastor’s Letter 7.2.17

Dear Friends, In preparation for our celebration of our country’s independence on July 4th, I thought I would give you some reflections from the Catholic Bishops of the United States on the issue of religious liberty: “Religious liberty is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It is about whether we can make our contribution to the common good of all Americans. Can we do the good …

Pastor’s Letter 6.25.17

Dear Friends, The mission trip to Guatemala departs on July 12th with 26 members making up the team from the Archdiocese of Omaha. I will be traveling with the group this year, and I invite your prayers and support for the success of the mission project. We will take up a second collection next Sunday to help with the work projects in the village of San Miguel Acatan in the diocese of Huehuetenango. The major part of …

Pastor’s Letter 6.18.17

Dear Friends, On this Father’s Day weekend, I’d like to briefly reflect on the special role fathers play in the spiritual development of their children. Mothers have their role to play too, but I think the importance of the spiritual life of the father in the family is too often overlooked or ignored (or maybe some men just do not want to acknowledge the weight of their spiritual importance). When men ignore their spiritual role in the …

Pastor’s Letter 6.11.17

Dear Friends, In the weeks following the Easter Season, the Church gives us a couple of liturgical events where we celebrate what we believe. This Sunday we celebrate the mystery of God revealed as Trinity. There have been numerous attempts over the years to give us analogies to help explain the Trinity. Most of them are simplistic and do not take us deeper into the Trinity. They simply try to explain how three things can be one …