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People say I need friends. Is that true?

People say I need friends. Is that true?

| Father Michael Schmitz | November 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I keep being told that I “need friends.” I don’t know that I do. I have enough people in my life (and more than enough stuff to keep me busy) that I don’t think that I need “another thing.”

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How much do we actually give?

How much do we actually give?

| Father Tom Walker | November 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Our Scriptures this weekend invite us to consider the offerings of three different people, beginning with the widow of Zarephath. She encounters the prophet Elijah at a critical time for both of them.

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Become what you receive

Become what you receive

| Father Michael Van Sloun | October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Eucharist has a transformative effect. If we cooperate, the Eucharist has the power to change us, not in a small way, but in a major way, to re-create us into a new and better person. When Jesus gave us the Eucharist at the Last Supper and asked us to “do this in memory of me,” he asked us to receive him, the bread of life, true bread from heaven (Jn 6:41), on a regular basis, because of his deep desire that each of us would have a complete makeover, a total transformation.

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The priesthood of Melchizedek

The priesthood of Melchizedek

| Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson | October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the second reading for Oct. 28, we find this fascinating statement attributed to Christ: “Thou art a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek” (Heb 5:6). The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews drew this from Psalm 110, a prophecy about the coming of the Messiah.

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What to do when it feels like I’m just going through the motions

What to do when it feels like I’m just going through the motions

| Father Michael Schmitz | October 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I try to pray. I try to participate in the Mass. But it always just feels so empty. It’s like I’m just going through the motions, and there is nothing there. Is this all there is, or is there something I can do?

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Why did Jesus target the rich?

Why did Jesus target the rich?

| Father Terry Beeson | October 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

October is usually when I preach about stewardship. So, the last thing I want to hear from Jesus is, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.”

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Bread for the journey

Bread for the journey

| Father Michael Van Sloun | September 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Eucharist as viaticum is holy Communion given to a person when death is imminent.

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The ugliness of hoarded wealth

The ugliness of hoarded wealth

| Father Jan Michael Joncas | September 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

One of the most memorable characters in Charles Dickens’ 1861 novel “Great Expectations” is Miss Havisham, a wealthy spinster jilted at the altar, perpetually in mourning for what might have been and wearing her decaying wedding dress every day for the rest of her life. She directed that the remnants of her wedding breakfast and cake remain rotting on a table in her dilapidated mansion.

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The road to salvation can’t circumvent the cross

The road to salvation can’t circumvent the cross

| Father Nathaniel Meyers | September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

As a college student, I worked at Byerlys’ restaurant in Roseville as a greeter. My job was fairly simple: Welcome people into the restaurant, get them seated and send them off with a friendly gesture as they left.

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What to make of the crisis in the Church

What to make of the crisis in the Church

| Father Michael Schmitz | September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Father, what do you make of what is in the news about the Church and scandal?

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The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist

The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist

| Father Michael Van Sloun | August 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is a doctrine — an official teaching of the Catholic Church — and a profound mystery. With the words of consecration, the whole of Christ is truly present — body, blood, soul and divinity — under the appearances of bread and wine.

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The Eucharist: mystery and invitation

The Eucharist: mystery and invitation

| Father Joseph Johnson | August 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

“This saying is hard; who can accept it?” We start this Sunday’s Gospel (Jn 6:60-69) with an objection from those Jesus is teaching and then are told that many “no longer accompanied him.” Contrast this with the first reading, in which Joshua challenges the people to “decide today whom you will serve” and they reply “far be it from us to forsake the Lord for the service of other gods.”

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