Pastor’s Letter 10.1.17

Dear Friends, On Monday and Tuesday of this week, pastors and lay leaders from every parish in the Archdiocese will gather in Norfolk, Nebraska to be a part of a conference presented by Fr. James Mallon on moving parishes from maintenance to mission. Fr. Mallon wrote a book, Divine Renovation, a few years ago about his own parish’s experience of making changes that moved them from simply doing the same old things, week after week, to becoming …

Pastor’s Letter 9.24.17

Dear Friends, This weekend, in Oklahoma City, Father Stanley Rother becomes the first US-born priest to be declared blessed. We have prayer cards for Father Stanley available for you at the entryways of the church to take with you to your homes. During our summer mission trips to Guatemala, we stop and visit the place where Father Stanley was murdered. It is in the rectory at the church in Santiago, Atitlan, Guatemala. I have always found it …

Pastor’s Letter 9.17.17

Dear Friends, Scripture scholars have the challenge of trying to translate the bible from the original languages to something you and I can understand in English. Most of the time they do a good job, but on occasion they choose simplicity and then we miss an insight. I am disappointed by the translation of this Sunday’s gospel. The translators wanted to make it easy to understand, so in the story that Jesus is telling, they simply say …

Pastor’s Letter 9.10.17

Dear Friends, This weekend, we kick off the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. You will receive information in your homes this week. The Annual Appeal supports the parishes, schools and ministries across the Archdiocese. If all of us participate and share a small part of what God has given us with the wider archdiocesan church, we should be able to easily meet our parish goal of $20,121.68. The ancient Christian practice of tithing, taught in the bible, asks that …

Pastor’s Letter

Dear Friends, In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, it is common to hear people trying to make sense of natural disasters and whether or not they are God’s will. People will talk about how they were blessed or how they suffered, how they felt abandoned by God because he did not answer their particular prayers, and they will question how such things can happen if God is “all loving”. Let me address the issue from two perspectives. …

Pastor’s Letter 8.27.17

Dear Friends, If someone asked you to describe yourself, would your faith in Jesus Christ be a part of that selfdescription? Would you say that you were a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth? Do his teachings guide your every decision? Do you spend time talking with him each day? Clearly, discipleship is not a goal to be achieved, but a dynamic journey that is lived. So most of us feel incomplete in our discipleship and we may …

Pastor’s Letter 8.20.17

Dear Friends, The events that happened last weekend in Charlottesville were very sad and disturbing. The white supremacy and neo-Nazi movements are to be condemned as immoral. Just as the Church has condemned other moral evils, so this one is to be condemned. Every human being is made in the image of God; one race is not superior to another. We are to love everyone, not just those of our race and our class. Here are some …

Pastor’s Letter 8.13.17

Dear Friends, This week marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Archbishop Romero who is on the path toward sainthood. Archbishop Romero grew up in a tiny Salvadoran village. After studies for priesthood at El Salvador’s national seminary, he was sent to the Gregorian in Rome. Ordained in 1942, Archbishop Romero’s ministry was fueled by an intense pastoral zeal and a strong work ethic. He became known for his preaching, and he soon led a popular …

Pastor’s Letter 8.6.17

Dear Friends, If you have journeyed to the Holy Land, then you have probably stopped at Mount Tabor, the place where tradition says the Transfiguration took place. While we do not have enough evidence from the scriptures as to the exact location of the “high mountain”, this is the one where people have gathered for more than fifteen hundred years to remember the event. Atop Mount Tabor, sits a church constructed in 1924. The gospel says Peter …

Pastor’s Letter 7.30.17

Dear Friends, First, my sincere thanks for all of your prayers during our mission trip to Guatemala. Most of the trip is quite safe, but there were a few scary roads on our journey to the villages of Chimichum and Nachem. We had to wind down a steep mountainside into a valley and then work our way back up the other side. The tight switchbacks required our old school bus to make lots of maneuvers to get …