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Wednesday Witness: The Feast Before the Feast

Posted by Jim Thorp

Note: This post originally appeared on Jim Thorp's Archangel Stomp blog on November 27, 2014. If you like what you read hear, check out his other posts!

Alarm at 6. Hands inside a semi-frozen turkey at 6:05, breaking free the neck and extras. Stuffed and in the oven by ... Read More »

The Gift of Authority: Fr. Mark's Catechetical Institute Formation Talks

Posted by Jim Thorp

On Saturday, November 10, the Catechetical Institute's Class of Padre Pio - Elk River gathered for morning Mass and a Formation Session led by our very own Father Mark Innocenti. The topic was "The Gift of Authority," and Father shared several thought-provoking perspectives on the importance of obedience to God and ... Read More »

Readings and Homilies for November 10-11, 2018 (English and Español)

Posted by Jim Thorp

On November 10-11, we heard the readings for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, in which Jesus recognizes the generosity of the poor widow who gives what little money she has to the Temple. In Fr. Newton's homily, he reminds us that generosity is not the exclusive prerogative of the rich and ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: The Challenge of Hospitality

Posted by Jim Thorp

At my home parish, our pastor recently implemented the practice of having parishioners stand and greet those around them just before Mass begins, like you do here at Saint Andrew. Predictably, the reaction was split: Some people like it as a small gesture of warmth, welcome and connection, while others ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: Inviting Others

Posted by Jim Thorp

When Jodi and I started our family, I was not practicing my Catholic faith. I have been away from the sacraments since about fifth grade and had a lot of questions and issues with Catholic teachings—so when I finally decided to take seriously the promise I made to raise ... Read More »

Readings and Homilies for November 3-4, 2018 (English and Español)

Posted by Jim Thorp

Last weekend we heard the readings for the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, in which Jesus and one of the scribes discuss which is the most important commandment, and Jesus articulates love of God and love of neighbor. In is homily on Saturday evening, Fr. Newton describes loving God by ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: Youth Ministry Done Right

Posted by Jim Thorp

When we moved to Minnesota 15 years ago, Jodi and I were blessed to land at a parish with strong youth ministry. We made Mass and prayer a priority for ourselves and our family, of course, but aside from that personal example, the most important thing we did ... Read More »

Readings and Homilies for October 27-28, 2018 (English and Español)

Posted by Jim Thorp

Last weekend we heard the readings for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, in which a blind beggar cries out to Jesus, is brought before Him, and has his eyesight restored. In Deacon Fred's final homily before his retirement after 35 years of ministry, he spoke of physical and spiritual blindness, and ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: Second Coming?

Posted by Jim Thorp

Sometimes at the end of a long day, or after hearing a particularly depressing news story, I catch myself shaking my head and wishing Jesus would just come back already. Of course, I recognize that I am not the saint I am called to be—but I continue to turn ... Read More »

Readings and Homilies for October 20-21, 2018 (English and Español)

Posted by Jim Thorp

Last weekend we heard the readings for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, in which the apostles James and John seek places of honor in heaven, but Jesus teaches that the greatest among His followers will be the least and the servant of all. Fr. Mark's homily emphasized the difference between ... Read More »