Piety and Fear of the Lord

Dear beloved in Christ, In the Easter message over the last few weeks, from both the lips of Christ and later by his apostles, there is a clear emphasis on repentance. While repentance is necessary for any initial conversion to God, our experience shows us that it needs to be [...]

State of the Parish — June 2016

You can download the audio from the “State of the Parish” talk here.   7 Year Gospel Vision for the Church of St. Peter’s: the first 4 to 5 years will be about strengthening foundations–the most important being our relationship with Jesus, with the Father, with the Holy Spirit.   [...]

Fall Festival

My Dear Friends, and special greetings to all visiting with us this weekend as we celebrate our annual Fall Festival, The day of our Fall Festival has finally arrived! Praise God! And for all those who generously gave so much of their time, energy and effort to plan and organize [...]

Prayer and Family Life

My dear friends, We have all heard the saying, “a family that prays together, stays together.” I personally don’t think this is always necessarily the case, for obviously it depends on how a family prays. Prayer, as Jesus said, needs to come from the heart, and not just recited with [...]

One Family in Christ

My dear friends, As we respond each day to the invitation of Jesus to follow Him as intimate disciples, there will be moments along the way when Jesus challenges us, desiring to change something in our hearts. One such challenge comes when we realize how our connection to Christ connects [...]

Gift of Spiritual Friendship

Dear friends, I want to thank you all for your prayers while I was away, and for your warm welcome when I returned. You were very much in my thoughts and in my prayers, especially when I celebrated Mass each day. Although there were many things I both enjoyed and [...]

Sharing our Spiritual Blessings

My dear friends, On this day when we gather together to celebrate our 175th Anniversary as a parish, how can we find better, more fitting words to express our gratitude and joy than those given to us in St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: “Blessed be the God and Father [...]

Letter to Men for Father’s Day

My dear brothers in Christ, On this day when we celebrate fathers and express our deep heart-felt appreciation for the ways we have been blessed in our fatherhood, and blessed through our own fathers, I wanted to take this opportunity to speak to all men, who, in various ways, are [...]

The Gift of the Eucharist at the Center of the Christian Life

As Catholics, the Solemnity of the Precious Body and Blood of the Lord celebrates the immeasurable Gift that lies at the very center of our Christian life. It would be hard for any of us to put into words our heart-felt gratitude and appreciation for so great a Gift. I [...]

Letter to Women for Mother’s Day

My dear friends, On this day, the 6th Sunday of Easter, when we celebrate the National Holiday of Mother’s Day, I pray that God would bless abundantly each and every woman of our parish with a deeper sense of God’s personal love for you and a greater awareness of your [...]