Author Archives: Ed Fiedler

Prodigal_Son

My Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, What’s the problem with the older son in the famous parable? He himself could not understand a loving father’s wasteful love. Why should he waste all that love and affection on a son who clearly did not deserve it? The older son could not find a way to adopt his father’s way of judging the younger son with mercy and compassion. He felt it was unearned and undeserved. The unconditional love of the father was beyond his comprehension. During this Lenten season of conversion and return to the Father we are challenged to enter into this parable and identify with one of the personages. With whom did you identify? Out salvation might depend on our answer. Only those who show mercy, even toward the undeserving will be shown mercy. Thank heaven that we have a prodigal Father who is willing to forgive both…

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God of the Living

My Dear Parishioners, MID-LENT CHECK-IN God says to Moses, “This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I AM sent me to you…The LORD, the God of your [ancestors], the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:14, 15). As Jesus would later say, God is not a God of the dead, but of the living, and so we believe that the dead will one day rise. At this midpoint of Lent, we pause to consider how our repentance is leading us to the Resurrection, to our reunion with the great “I AM.” Part of our repentance involves working to secure justice for all and helping our neighbor to live in God’s ways. We encourage each other and nurture each other, like the compassionate gardener of today’s Gospel, who tells the owner of the orchard that he will nurture the tree, fertilize it, and perhaps…

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Confession

I confess, Lord, it’s been a while, and I feel ashamed. My guilt just seemed to get in the way, and now I’ve put this off for too long. Why do I let myself stray so far from you when I know in my heart that you have never left? I am afraid, Lord, that if I reveal myself to you, show you who I have become, you will not recognize me as your own. So I beg, look upon me as you would look upon your Son, Jesus, that you might see and love in me what you see and love in Christ. Then when I rise up and go to you, I shall be overwhelmed with love when I see you running to me with your arms wide open. Amen. Praying for a fruitful Lenten season for you and your families, I remain sincerely yours in our Crucified…

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Lent & Fasting

My Dear Parishioners, Let us ask whether the fasting and penitential disciplines we have planned for ourselves this Lent are not TOO easy. Are they rooted in custom and tradition that have become almost automatic, second nature to us? Food, drink, entertainment have so often been the focus of our penitential attention. I would like to suggest another are of our life as a potentially fruitful are in which to improve. Ourrelationships! How we relate to others in our family, school, at work, at church could always be improved. We need to treat others as persons of dignity and worth for whom Jesus suffered and died on the cross. Any word or action that demeans or disrespects or judges them is an insult to Jesus. Holding my tongue before criticizing is a great penance which God will surely accept as a pleasing sacrifice when we link it to the Sacrifice…

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Blind Leading the Blind

What reassuring words these are as we prepare for the holy season of Lent. Have past penitential seasons really changed us or was it all for “show”? The cross of ashes on our foreheads, the purple décor in church, the more solemn music at Mass should reflect what is transpiring inside our hearts. If it does not; then the “H word” (hypocrite) that Jesus uses in today’s Gospel reading should also sting our conscience. Looking for splinters in others eyes than our own needs to stop. We can only do it through God’s grace and our willing cooperation with it through penitential practices. I recommend to you: •The Sacrament of Confession •Frequent celebration of Holy Mass •Fasting •Attending Stations of the Cross •Attending our “Healing God’s Church” sessions •Giving up excessive concern that others notice our piety. If we are faithful to this program we can “bear good fruit” as…

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Are We on God's Side

My Dear Parishioners, Jesus teaches us to have mercy and compassion, even towards people whom we consider to be unworthy. It was possible years ago to politely disagree about politics, religion and what is the best flavor of ice cream. Today it too often turns into a resentful battle to see who is right. Often it is shouted “God is on our side!”. Abraham Lincoln said the better question would be, “Are we on God’s side?”. Judgmental accusations hurled against those who disagree with us are directly contrary to the word of our Savior in today’s Gospel reading. Loving our enemies is perhaps the most difficult commandment of Jesus. Let us re-member that He died praying for his enemies and forgiving them, as did St. Stephen the first martyr. Let us make our faith a reality through our words and actions. O Sacred Heart of Jesus make our Hearts more…

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No Prophet is Accepted in His Own Native Place

How should faithful Catholics respond to this refusal of God’s love? In the February 3rd Gospel reading, Jesus is turned away by His own people at Nazareth. He almost was killed because of this tragic response. The same thing is happening in today’s society. The Church’s message: God’s love shown us in Christ Jesus, is refused. Our reaction to this refusal cannot be turning away in despair and consigning the world to its fate. We must redouble our efforts to bring back the lost sheep through words and dialog, but, above all, through good example! What should we be doing to reconcile them with the Body of Christ? God bless all of you who join in the effort of healing and reconciliation! —Fr. David Kozak

Stewardship Opportunities

We’ve created a simple sign-up form for the many ways you can help your parish. All stewardship opportunities are open to men and women. Click on the link below to download the form. Print the form, check off opportunities that interest you, and enter your name, phone and email. Drop the form in the collection basket or return it to the rectory.

Holy Family

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, HOME IS WHERE THE FAMILY IS The idea, dream, and reality of family is so strong and durable that we use it to describe all that is best about human gatherings. We speak of the family of nations, of our church and parish families. The greatest compliment we can pay a friend or gracious host is to say that we feel at home with them, we feel part of the family. Families are the first crucibles in which love is tested and tempered. Jesus himself was one of three people who lived in the shadow of each other. This family, like our own, did not always “get it right,” but they always tried to. These three “amateurs” were on holiday, and one of them got lost. Two were worried sick and took great measures to find the third, a boy after all, who…

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Gaudete Sunday

My Dear People, Are you really rejoicing at the coming of Jesus, or are you filled with anxiety and apprehension? The answer depends on our attitude toward Christmas; and more deeply, on our view of Jesus and our relationship to Him. If the celebration of the birth of Christ is only a set of tasks to be done and obligations to fulfill; no wonder we are anxious! How often do we say “What time is Mass for the holiday? I would like to find a convenient time, to get it over with, to get my obligation completed. That way of thinking exposes the roots of why many of us do not enjoy this season of the year. The 3rd Sunday of Advent is Gaudete! or Rejoice! Sunday. We can only rejoice in the cold and dark of winter if we see a Light that is tiny and flickering, but growing…

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