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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 »

Wednesday Witness: God’s Love Is Mercy

Posted by Jim Thorp

“Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of God.” – Jesus to St. Faustina

Devotion to Divine Mercy is not every Catholic’s thing. Some people struggle with the image of Divine Mercy: Jesus, His right hand raised to bless and heal, His left indicating his heart, from which rays ... Read More »

Core Disciple Strategy Moving Forward

Posted by Jim Thorp

In early September, Fr. Mark invited parishioners to the second meeting of the Saint Andrew Core Disciples Group, continuing to call our volunteers, leaders and staff to deeper relationships with Jesus Christ and His Church.

The purpose of these meetings is to extend the reach of our ministries by ... Read More »

Readings and Homilies for October 13-14, 2018 (English and Español)

Posted by Jim Thorp

Last weekend we heard the readings for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, in which Jesus urges a rich young man to follow the Commandments and, having accomplished this, sell his possessions, give to the poor and follow Him. In his homily, Fr. Mark draws our attention to the fact that ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: What God Has Joined

Posted by Jim Thorp

Last Sunday's gospel reading began with Jesus' straightforward and strict teaching on marriage and divorce. Even in His time, the Lord's stance on this topic was shockingly strong: "[W]hat God has joined together, no human being must separate." In our current age, when divorce is not only legal, but ... Read More »

Readings and Homilies for October 6-7, 2018 (English and Español)

Posted by Jim Thorp

Last weekend we heard the readings for the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, in which Jesus challenges the Jewish understanding of divorce, saying that Moses allowed it only because of the hardness of their hearts. By contrast, Jesus teaches that marriage is a bond impossible to break. In his homily, Fr. ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: Parents Are the Key

Posted by Jim Thorp

You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him/her in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring him/her up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do ... Read More »