Sunday, July 15, 2018

15th Sunday B '18 - Ordinary

15th Sunday B '18 - Ordinary


15th Sunday B '18 - Ordinary

Posted: 15 Jul 2018 10:32 AM PDT

Jesus sends the 12 to proclaim the Gospel, like Amos and even the stuff used in the Sacraments, all ordinary until blessed by God. Readings are found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/071518.cfm Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

14th Sunday B '18 - Sufficient Grace

14th Sunday B '18 - Sufficient Grace


14th Sunday B '18 - Sufficient Grace

Posted: 08 Jul 2018 10:39 AM PDT

St. Paul writes of his 'thorn in the flesh'. What might that tell us of our healing or lack of healing? Are we invited to a deeper faith? Readings are found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/070818.cfm Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Thoughts on Independence Day

The smell of burnt gunpowder probably hangs in the air following our Fourth of July celebration. Really, though, that is a misnomer. The Fourth of July is like any other day. Why the parades, the flags, the fireworks, the hopefully unfettered show of patriotism? It is Independence Day we celebrate, the day we remember the brave founders of the American experiment, men and women with a noble vision of a country of, by, and for the people. They envisioned a country not ruled by a king, dictator, or emperor, but a person elected to serve for a particular time to execute the laws legislated by a congress and judged in keeping with the founding documents by a judiciary. This American experiment was one unlike any other, and after 242 year, we stand, though perhaps not as strong.

If we ask now what kind of freedom we fight for, too many might answer the right to self-determination, but defined as to do what I want, right or wrong, properly licentiousness. My needs and desires always supersede the other. If I cannot have those needs met thorough my own agency, then the government must intervene. But that is not the vision of our founders. See, the freedom they envisioned was a liberty - the freedom to choose the right and reject the wrong. It was a freedom of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But its basis is truth. They understood that neither these rights nor truth itself were a function of popular vote or granted them by a benevolent ruler, but by God. While they may have a theistic understanding of God as a distant creator, they still acted and believed that these rights were deeply engrained in the human person and that truth is knowable. That is why these rights are inalienable - they are not able to be taken away. This notion of truth and liberty is profoundly Christian, based on the Judeo-Christian history, but all peoples can have access to it. That is why countless people have flocked to our shores and continue to do so. They want a share in freedom, to live the truth.

As a country and people this Independence Day, I hope that we can acknowledge the American dream is alive, and yet unrealized among so many. Let us defend the defenseless and downtrodden who come to our ports of entry eager to follow the dream. But at the same time, find humane ways of securing our borders to limit child and sexual trafficking and those looking to expand criminal empires. Let us pray for those who govern, no matter party affiliation, that they may be filled with wisdom to work for the good of all Americans and allow this country to be a bold beacon of truth and liberty to the whole world. Let us be a people seeking truth, working for justice, and defending life, liberty, and the pursuit of eternal happiness.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

13th Sunday B '18 - Healing

13th Sunday B '18 - Healing


13th Sunday B '18 - Healing

Posted: 01 Jul 2018 06:30 AM PDT

Because of our Annual mission Appeal, I recorded a little reflection on the readings of the Sunday. Jesus desires to heals, physically at times, spiritually always. Whether we are completely spent or even dead, Jesus comes! Readings are found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/070118.cfm Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Nativity of John the Baptist '18 - Purpose

Nativity of John the Baptist '18 - Purpose


Nativity of John the Baptist '18 - Purpose

Posted: 24 Jun 2018 10:32 AM PDT

We celebrate the Birth of John the baptist, whose very purpose, to proclaim the grace of the Messiah, was in his very name. What's our purpose? Readings are found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/062418-vigil.cfm and http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/062418-day-mass.cfm Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2

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View From the Ambo June 24

Dear Parishioners,
This weekend we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist (one of three that we celebrate in the Church - Jesus's on December 25th, of course, and Mary's on September 8). We have a vigil Mass in which we hear of the announcement of John's conception, while his father Zachariah, of the priestly division of Abijah, was serving in the temple. The time frame of his service is mid- to late- September. This puts John's birth in late June. In the Annunciation (which we celebrate March 25th), the Blessed Mother is told by the angel Gabriel that Elizabeth is pregnant 6 months (September to March is 6 months) and Mary goes to be with her the last 3 months before John's birth in June! But at the Annunciation, Mary conceived and gave birth to the Lord 9 months later - December! Interesting, right? Sometimes we forget that Tradition of the Church is trustworthy because it wasn't recorded in a way easy to understand. After all, the Evangelists simply could have written that John was born around the Summer Solstice, a day that is fairly immovable and understood across cultures and calendar systems. In the end, it does not matter 'when' these events occurred, but that they 'did' occur. John's birth is the beginning of the announcement of Christ's incarnation! Because of this, this feast is always celebrated, even when it falls on a Sunday as it does this year.
Like John, too, we are called to be heralds of Christ, though we are heralds of Christ's return. We tell others that He is going to return, and that we are called to continuing repentance and preparation. Let's ask John the Baptist's intercession this weekend to be bold heralds of Christ.




In Christ,
Fr. Todd


Sunday, June 17, 2018

11th Sunday B '18 - Courageous

11th Sunday B '18 - Courageous


11th Sunday B '18 - Courageous

Posted: 17 Jun 2018 09:43 AM PDT

Like St. Paul, we are called to walk in faith, courageously sewing seeds. Are we willing to take the time to take the next step? Readings are found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/061718.cfm Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2

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View From the Ambo June 17

Dear Parishioners,
Happy Father's day to all Fathers and fatherly men. May the Lord bless you with grace and strength this day!
On another type of father: These last weeks, many dioceses welcomed newly ordained priests throughout he sacrament of Ordination. The diocese of New Ulm did not. It hasn't since 2016, and willl not have another until 2020, when we will have 3 ordained, God willing. In March, Bishop LeVoir wrote a letter in the Prairie Catholic that we will have inserted in the bulletin in the Fall that shares statistics. While the overall number of Catholics decreased modestly (about 12%) since the Diocese's formation, the number of priests has changed drastically (65% decrease). Recently, the Pew Research Group has speculated that about ⅓ of priests will retire or resign in the next 10-15 years. These are sobering facts, aren't they? As a people of hope, and a people who have received the promise that even the Gates of Hell will not prevail, what are we to do? What is the solution? Too many might recommend some temporary solution, a change in practice or doctrine. Some might imply that priests are a commodity that can be simply imported from countries or states with surplus. I think these are too simplistic. I am more deeply convinced that we need the New Evangelization: The reminder that we are all called to be disciples of Jesus Christ, and called to serve Him, some as priests, religious, and deacons, others in holy marriages and dedicated single life. We need our hearts awakened to the reality that the Sacraments are not commodities bought and sold, dispensed by indentured servants of the Church, but the Sacraments are encounters with the Risen Lord, visible signs of God's grace. The solution: Prayer! Pray that we may have hearts and lives open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Pray that our homes would become domestic Churches where our fathers would be humble witnesses to the power of God's love, mothers a living sign of God's care, and children are able to be open to His call. Pray that our parishes and schools may be places of encounter with the Lord, and help all discern God's will.




In Christ,
Fr. Todd


Sunday, June 10, 2018

10 Sunday OT B '18 - Satan's Scheme



Posted: 10 Jun 2018 12:58 PM PDT
Satan is real, and while the war with him is already won by Christ, we battle with him yet, and he uses three schemes: Denial, deception/distortion, and distraction. Our response: the Holy Spirit! Readings are found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/061018.cfm Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2
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