Fr. Bryan’s Weekly Post

Consider this…

I recently had a conversation with a parishioner who had to put his pet dog to sleep. This is a very difficult thing to do. Just as we grieve for our loved ones who have passed away, we can grieve for our  beloved pets as well when they are gone. On a personal note,...

Consider this… The Ministry of Hospitality

In the Road to Renewal in the Diocese through the program of ALPHA, as well as among our staff and as a parish council, we have been talking a lot lately about the work of pre-evangelization.  The idea here is that every human heart is made for the Lord, but there are...

Consider this…

 Consider this... We know the Ten Commandments were given by God to Moses. Today in the Gospel Jesus gives a new commandment: Love one another… As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my  disciples, if you have...

Consider this… Mother’s Day

The Month of May is a month for celebrating mothers.  First and foremost is Mary, the mother of God and the mother of the Church, of us all.  I was reading about how the month of May became dedicated to Mary and saw that in the times of the early Church, the pagan...

Consider this…

Easter is a 50 day season, in which we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus’ resurrection is something we should all celebrate, because it is the hope of our faith. We hear in the preface at Easter liturgies—For he is the true Lamb who takes away the sins of the...

Consider this… Unpacking Easter: Mystagogy

The gift of the resurrection is unlike the gifts we receive at Christmas, packaged all nice and neat.  It is not something that we simply grasp and then move on as if nothing happened.  Coming to appreciate the depth of Easter’s meaning is more like peering into an...

Consider this… Christ is Risen!

Consider this… Christ is Risen! Several years ago, there was a credit card commercial that had the tagline; ‘What’s in your wallet?’ On Easter Sunday I think the question asked by that commercial could be changed to; ‘What’s in your  Easter basket?’ Certainly, I’m...

Consider this… Why have you abandoned me?

“My God, My God! Why have you abandoned me?”  These are haunting words in our readings of this Palm Sunday.  There is so much depth on so many levels that is conveyed by these very words and yet trying to unpack them using words feels inadequate to the experience it...

Consider this…

We continue to journey through Lent as Holy Week quickly approaches. In the Gospel today we hear Jesus speak to the woman caught in adultery. He is filled with love and mercy and does not condemn her. Jesus says: “Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.” It is a call...

Consider this…

We continue on our journey in Lent, and in the Gospel today, we hear about the importance of repentance and producing good fruit in our lives. I think we produce good fruit when we are obedient to God out of love for Him, and love for our neighbor. The 9:30 am Mass...

Consider this… Shared Responsibility

I remember in Canon Law Class in the seminary reading an excellent article entitled, “Shared Responsibility in Ecclesial Decision-Making” by Robert Kennedy.  Summarily put, the process of making a decision involves, in a cyclical way: the generation of ideas, research...