Consider This… Weekly Thoughts from Our Pastor and Parochial Vicars

Consider this… Increasing our faith

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend an evangelization conference in Chicago. The conference focused on a program called Alpha. As I learned more about this evangelization program one of the things that struck me was that by sharing faith, we increase our...

Consider this… Renewal

As I return to St. Mary’s, I thought it would be important to share with you the work that has been taking place with the Renewal. As you are aware, our Diocese is in the midst of the ‘Road to Renewal.’ The Renewal is about bringing our Diocese into the modern times...

Consider this… Remembering 9/12

It has been 21 years to the day in which occurred the tragic events of 9/11.  Imprinted upon many of our minds is where we were and what we were doing when everything happened on that horrible day.  More importantly, we remember the thousands who perished and the...

Consider this… Here we go

It’s Labor Day weekend! Where has the time gone? As I write this column teachers are on campus for start of the year training, faith formation workshops are going strong, organizations and their meeting schedules are cranking into high gear and I just approved a...

Consider this… Humility

Only those who are humble can receive the gifts of God.  This is because either we are too proud to accept them or we do not know how to receive them without having to feel like it is necessary to return the favor as a sort of transaction.  In order to receive gifts...

Consider this… Disciples are Different

Disciples are Different For these past few months in our homilies, organizations, outreach and more, we have been focusing on the fact that we are disciples of Jesus Christ here at St. Mary’s.  As we move closer to the 175th anniversary of our parish’s       ...

Consider this… Parish Feast Day

After a couple of years because of Covid, it is good that Fr. Sleeva is back staying with us for the summer.  We were talking of when he was first invited here by the-then-pastor Fr. Vince Becker and it has to be 35+ years of making his way to St. Mary’s each year.  ...

Consider this… stuff

On a weekend in which Jesus enjoins us to be on guard against all greed, it is perhaps surprising that I begin this column by examining the 1987 movie Wall Street, in which Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko gave an insightful speech where he said, “Greed, for lack of a...