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His Excellency, the Most Reverend Peter F. Christensen announced the Incardination of Fr. Ron Serrao into the Diocese of Superior.
This does NOT mean that Fr. Ron was made a cardinal (although the word “Incardination” is derived from the Latin cardo (pivot, socket, or hinge), from which the word cardinal is also derived. Although Fr. Ron is NOT receiving a red hat, he is getting a new home: the Diocese of Superior, and for that we are very well pleased. (more…)
I have received many comments about this year’s Christmas homily which described how Jesus was born amidst the manure of the stable. One lady joked on her way out with me saying, “That was one Sh**ty homily.” Another gentlemen (more…)
Earlier this month I joined 45 priests from the diocese as we attended a retreat at Heartwood in Trego, Wisconsin. It was a very beautiful time of the year. The leaves on the trees were beginning to change colors, and I welcomed an opportunity to get away from the parish to reflect and pray. It’s always great to be with my brother priests, but it also very life-giving to be able to connect with God in a deeper way. Here are some notes that I took while listening to the retreat director.
They are not in any order. (more…)
WARNING: This raunchy RATED-R comedy has nudity and profanity in it. Due to its offensive content, IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED. The film, however, serves as an example of how directors today are willing to deal with the very serious issue of how porn addiction impacts intimacy. (more…)
WORKING TOGETHER IN SMALL GROUPS FOR THE GOOD OF ALL
Remember in school when you had to do group work? The purpose was to get you and your classmates working together as a team. This is a very important skill for a job or for having meetings in the parish. This concept also applies to committees who come together once a month as a COMMISSION (see listing at right). These commissions do not replace any of the committees in the parish. They just organize them into larger groups so that everyone knows what they are doing is part of a whole. No committee in the parish exists by itself, nor has a purpose which is outside our parish mission. (more…)
Given “the corruptible body” we are burdened with, the reading from the Book of Wisdom this Sunday attests, “what is within our grasp we find with difficulty.”
Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, 64, who had fallen short after coming ever so close on four previous attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida, finally achieved her dream on Monday and became the first person to make the epic swim unprotected from sharks and jellyfish stings. (more…)
The jobs of our parishioners are important. Since we want security for our families, the quality of one’s work and the progress of every one’s careers should be a high priority for our parish. However, we should also be concerned with balancing our work with our other interests and commitments.
I have talked to many people who want to be in the right job. They believe, for example, that they can be more effective doing God’s will if they were doing something else. They are trying to discern whether to quit their job in the private sector and go into ministry full-time (or vice versa).
Having a VOCATION is not limited to being a priest or a religious, or serving in some ministry at church. God calls all human beings to follow his will while at work in the world— not just through priests or religious, but through the humble work of farmers, bakers, and mothers engaged in every day life. All of these, in their own special ways, are used by God to provide for our “daily bread,” both physical and spiritual. (more…)
It’s time to get new road marquees in front of St. Augustine and St. John the Baptist! New digital signs can be very effective in attracting the attention of those passing by the parish in their cars. In a sense, such signs provide a voice for the parish that we are currently not utilizing.
Costing between $10,000 and $20,000, they are, however, still very expensive for a rural parish like ours. So what is the alternative? USE OUR EXISTING SIGNS! Although they may not be the latest technology, they can still do the job—as long as we can find someone to update them. Having the same message, or worse, leaving them blank, sends a wrong message: “Don’t bother joining us, nothing happens here.“ (more…)
This question can be answered in many ways, and there is not enough space in any one bulletin to give a satisfactory answer. Hence the need to periodically answer,“As pastor, what is my purpose? What should I be doing with my time?” These are big questions. The simplest answer is to LOVE parishioners (as Christ loves), and be LOVED by them. Although I find myself, in part, attending meetings, preparing bulletins, and managing budgets, it is Sections 528-29 in the church’s Canon Law, which best state my obligations: (more…)
Like any school or child care facility, a church is in need of good playground equipment. Most churches are not able to acquire it, though, due to the high cost of buying it new. Fortunately, we have an opportunity to obtain used playground equipment at a very reasonable price from Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Rhinelander. (more…)
In a parish, sometimes the pastor’s or people’s egos get in the way of building a vibrant community. We can not let our egos DRIVE US apart. No one (including the pastor) should push his or her our own agenda forward without first listening to others and considering the impact it may have on the parish. (more…)