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 …

Pastor’s Letter 7.23.17

Dear Friends, My trip to Guatemala is winding down today and we begin our journey home to Omaha. If all goes as planned, then we will be back late Monday evening. Please welcome our missionary to the parish. He comes for the Archdiocese of Tororo in Uganda and will share the work they are doing with you. Please be generous in your donation to the second collection, which will go to help their diocese. Since I have …

Pastor’s letter 7.16.17

Dear Friends, In my absence this week, I offer you a few excerpts from Pope Francis’ encyclical, The Joy of the Gospel: “I never tire of repeating those words of Benedict XVI which take us to the very heart of the Gospel: “Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction”. Thanks solely …

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 …

Pastor’s Letter 6.4.17

Dear Friends, For many years now, the Archdiocese has been celebrating priestly ordinations on the first Saturday in June. Thirty-six years ago, my four classmates and I lay on the floor of the Cathedral awaiting the laying on hands and the imposition of the holy oil from the Archbishop that would make us permanently marked as priests of God. Archbishop Sheehan asked us the questions from the ritual and we each declared respect and obedience to him …

Pastor’s Letter 5.28.17

Dear Friends, Our nation pauses to remember this weekend those who died in service to country. Over the years, this weekend has expanded to be a cultural time for remembering all of our loved ones who have died, not just those who served in the military. My mother always made sure that we put out the flowers on the graves of our family members days ahead of the weekend, so that those who came to pay a …