Q. About five years ago, my work transferred me out of state. At the time, I was attending my local Catholic church, which was clustered with two other parishes. We had a vibrant Catholic community with Masses each day of the week, weeknight Bible study and prayer groups and, on weekends, multiple Masses from which […]
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time First Reading: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 Responsoral Psalm: 34:2-3, 17-19, 23 Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Gospel Reading: Luke 18:9-14 By Deacon Mike Ellerbrock When I pointed out in a homily that not all saints are officially canonized, a woman said to me after Mass, “That may be true, but […]
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time First Reading: Exodus 17:8-13 Responsoral Psalms: 121:1-8 Second Reading: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2 Gospel Reading: Luke 18:1-8 By Sharon K. Perkins There’s a saying that I hear fairly frequently these days, especially in response to someone who is asked to take on a ministry or mission for which he or she […]
Q. Lately, I find myself asking quite a bit from God — perhaps too much. I ask for things for myself, since my own life has fallen a bit off course — as well as for friends and family members, some of whom have serious health problems. I make sure to thank God for the […]
I am terrible at sending thank-you notes. If I don’t do it right away it usually doesn’t get done. It is not that I am not thankful; I am truly grateful for the service or gift I have received.
As the autumn days become shorter and colder, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in the Diocese of Green Bay continues to see a steady number of pilgrims.
1798 – 1856 FEAST October 3 A Breton by birth, Anne-Therese Guerin was 25 when she entered the Sisters of Providence of Ruille-sur-Loir, France. As Sister Theodore, she directed schools in Rennes and Soulaines, where she also studied pharmacy and medicine. Despite poor health, she led five other nuns across the Atlantic to a new […]
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time First Reading: Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4 Responsoral Psalm: 95:1-2, 6-9 Second Reading: 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14 Gospel Reading: Luke 17:5-10 By Jean Denton When Jesus walked the face of the earth, the science of psychology hadn’t yet been invented. Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis wouldn’t come along for another 1,800 years. But […]
What you intend when you say something may not be what hearers understand. Although you mean to implore Christ’s help by calling out spontaneously the word “Jesus,” someone listening might well think instead that you are expressing surprise or dismay — which would contribute to the growing disrespect for the Lord’s name.
Deacon Joe Kittok digs holes for a living.
He spends an hour and a half several times a week removing about 4 cubic yards of dirt, which he takes to his 35-acre property in Delano and spills onto the ground. He gets $400 per hole, which adds up to a decent living.
I love it when youth say what’s on their mind. For instance, they’ll ask, “What’s so special about poor people?” or, “If there is fire in hell, do you burn up and disappear?”