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Wednesday Witness: Following Jesus as a Family

Posted by Jim Thorp

Then he said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” – Luke 9:23

The 2018-2019 Faith Formation program launches tonight with the 11th-Grade Confirmation Retreat and the first classes for grades 1-8. It's going ... Read More »

Readings and Homilies for the Weekend of September 8-9, 2018 (English and Español)

Posted by Jim Thorp

Last weekend we heard the readings for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, in which Jesus makes the deaf hear and the mute speak, as prophesied by Isaiah. Fr. Newton's homily draws our attention to our human tendency to show partiality toward the rich and powerful, whereas Jesus loves and helps the poor ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: Confirmation Pep Talk

Posted by Jim Thorp

Note: Last Saturday evening we had an informational meeting for Confirmation students and parents. Not everyone was able to attend, so I am attempting to recreate the brief Confirmation pep talk I gave, in writing, for those who missed out. * * * * *

I want to start ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: Scarcity or Abundance?

Posted by Jim Thorp

One of the other recurring themes during prayer at my silent retreat in Demontreville last month was scarcity versus abundance.  This time of year—with summer winding down, school and activities ramping up, days getting noticeably shorter and cooler, and trees suddenly changing color—it’s easy to slip into a mentality ... Read More »

A New Approach to Elementary Faith Formation

Posted by Jim Thorp

A few years back while working for my home parish, I was walking the halls, checking in on the elementary faith formation classes. I passed one room, peeked in and saw the kids noisily chattering away while coloring religious pictures. A couple of boys were getting rowdy, and the ... Read More »

The Best Disinfectant Is Sunlight

Posted by Jim Thorp

Pastor's column from the September 2, 2018, bulletin.

If you are like me, you have been concerned with the recent news about the new sexual abuse scandals regarding the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania and around the world. As I said in my homily a couple weeks ago, this is ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: Broke to Death

Posted by Jim Thorp

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." – Matthew 11:29-30

About a year ago, I heard a guest priest at St. Michael Catholic Church—the ... Read More »

Readings and Homilies for the Weekend of August 25-26, 2018 (English and Español)

Posted by Jim Thorp

Last weekend we celebrated the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. At the end of St. John's Bread of Life discourses, we see many of the disciples leaving Jesus to return to their former ways of life, because they did not understand and could not accept His teaching about the ... Read More »

Readings and Homilies for the Weekend of August 18-19, 2018 (English and Español)

Posted by Jim Thorp

Last weekend we celebrated the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, in which Jesus further deepens His Bread of Life discourses. When the Jews ask how He can give them his flesh to eat, he intensifies the teaching and insists: "[U]nless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink ... Read More »

Wednesday Witness: Equipping the Called

Posted by Jim Thorp

After a whirlwind road trip to Michigan with my oldest to visit my parents, I returned last night and had to make a concerted effort not to plunge neck deep into email. The temptation to see what I would be facing at work this morning nearly got the best ... Read More »