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New Papal Encyclical: Fratelli Tutti

October 16, 2020
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  Invoking again the writings of Saint Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis has published a new encyclical promoting universal fraternity among all human beings. ”[Saint] Francis felt himself a brother to the sun, the sea and the wind, yet he knew that he was even closer to those of his own flesh. Wherever he went,…

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Pastoral Plan 2020

August 2, 2020
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The process for developing a pastoral plan for Our Lady of the Lake as requested by Bishop McKnight in his Better Together initiative has been completed. Today I had the pleasure of submitting the pastoral plan of Our Lady of the Lake to the Diocese. Our plan, and the plans of all the other parishes…

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Parish Update 7-12-2020

July 11, 2020

Looking Ahead:  Zoom Teleconferences In these times of reduced personal contact, all of us are quickly learning new ways to connect with people and share information. The parish has purchased a Zoom professional subscription to allow us to use video conferences for commission meetings and other activities. I am very grateful to everyone who has…

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Providing for Worship

June 26, 2020
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One feature of the Eucharist is its deceptive simplicity. In form, matter, and personnel, it seems that the Mass requires little. Liturgists have identified this aspect of the Roman Rite in a positive light as “noble simplicity”. The simple furnishings required:  an altar, a chair, and ambo. The simple proclamation of the word. Very ordinary…

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Continuing Vigilance and Generosity of Spirit

June 19, 2020
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In Governor Parson’s executive order lifting statewide health restrictions on June 16, and Bishop McKnight’s subsequent response to the executive order, local leadership has been called upon to assume a greater responsibility for keeping people healthy during this pandemic. Here are a few points to consider as we respond to a continuing crisis. You hear…

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In sight of the Promised Land

June 13, 2020
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One of the most poignant scenes of the Old Testament is the death of Moses as recorded in the final passage of the Torah in the Book of Deuteronomy: Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, the peak of Pisgah which faces Jericho, and the LORD showed him all the…

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Seeing as God Sees

June 6, 2020
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I taught for many years, fourteen of high school with another nine of elementary. The majority of those years teaching writing and literature. Point of view was one of the most important lessons I could teach in either of those subjects. For a writer, identifying one’s point of view—often called “voice”—and developing that perspective was…

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Adaptations to Ministry

May 15, 2020
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For the last two months I’ve been managing the stress of dealing with the pandemic by thinking of it as a temporary break from the normal routine, a break during which I may miss significant features of my life, but most likely can make up for everything in a short while. Once I managed the…

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Things to Consider: May Musings

May 8, 2020
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I would like to draw your attention to a few things to consider in the coming days. Often the information that we produce comes out in piecemeal fashion, bits and pieces here and there in different posts and bulletin announcements. I thought I would do a brain dump here and see where it takes me.…

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Vatican News Resources: a universal perspective

April 25, 2020
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During my five years in Rome, I experienced firsthand one of the creedal hallmarks of the Catholic Church:  universality. The primary experience of that was meeting students and professors from all over the world who attended my university. But it was listening to Vatican Radio and reading L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper introduced me to the…

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