Pastor's Letter 1-24-16

Pastor’s Letter 1/24/16

Dear Friends, As we continue to celebrate this Holy Year of Mercy, I thought you might want to better understand the meaning of a “Holy Year.” This is from the Vatican website: WHAT IS A HOLY YEAR? “In the Roman Catholic tradition, a Holy Year, or Jubilee is a great religious event. It is a year of forgiveness of sins and also the punishment due to sin, it is a year of reconciliation between adversaries, of conversion …

Pastor's Letter 1-17-16

Pastor’s Letter 1/17/16

Dear Friends, I recently gave a talk to the employees of the Archdiocese of Omaha about the Jubilee Year of Mercy and what the word love means as it used in sacred scripture. A great resource for that presentation was the first encyclical letter of Pope Benedict, Deus Caritas Est (God is Love). In the letter, Pope Benedict reminds us that to be a Christian is to be among those who have come to believe in God’s …

Pastor's Letter 1-10-16

Pastor’s Letter 1/10/16

Dear Friends, You may have noticed a few weeks ago a news report from Pew Research Center that said the share of adults living in middle income households fell to just under 50 percent last year from 61 percent in 1970. Upper income families rose to 21 percent of the total and lower income households increased to 29 percent of the total. A shrinking middle class suggests fewer opportunities for upward mobility. The ever-larger share of the …

Pastor's Letter 1-3-16

Pastor’s Letter 1/3/16

Dear Friends, My deepest thanks for the many thoughtful gifts and cards and “goodies” you sent to me for Christmas. Now, I must start the dieting in anticipation of Lent! I will be taking a short winter vacation in mid-January with Fr. Boes. We have done an annual trip for many years to warmer climates where we can catch up on our reading, enjoy a bit of sunshine, and solve world problems while watching the waves roll …

Pastor’s Letter 12/27/15

Dear Friends, It was just a day ago that we were celebrating the birth of Jesus and now as the church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family we are given the story of Jesus at age 12 staying behind at the Temple to learn from and teach the scholars of scripture. The liturgical calendar has never been concerned with narrative chronology. We have so very little information in scripture about the life of Jesus when he …

Pastor’s Letter 12/20/15

Dear Friends, Christmas is upon us! Though, this year, we do have almost a full Fourth Week of Advent. Sometimes, when Christmas lands on a Monday or Tuesday, the Fourth Week of Advent is very short. So this year we get a few more days to prepare for our celebration of the Incarnation. Today’s readings tell of Mary’s hasty journey into the hill country to see her cousin Elizabeth after she had found out from the angel …

Pastor’s Letter 12/6/15

Dear Friends, I think that this second week of Advent belongs to Mary. We have two major days to celebrate her this week: December 8th – the Holy Day of the Immaculate Conception and on December 12 – the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. We have listed the holy day Mass schedule for Cabrini here in the bulletin and for the feast of Guadalupe, I would encourage you to attend the diocesan-wide evening Mass at the …