Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas Party: 12-27-15

            Again—happy Christmas!
            Remember as Catholics, our Christmas is not done yet.  December 25th continues on December 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st and January 1st, 2016.  Yes—we keep the big Masses (Christmas and Easter) for eight days for a party.  Unlike the businesses in our Country, their Christmas decorations are already gone as Valentine ideas are in.  Don’t rid the tree away!  Don’t put off the Christmas music!  Don’t throw out the cookies!  It’s still Christmas!
            Personally, I love the Masses this time of the year—they are rolling!  As the Masses on December 24th and 25th for Christmas was awesome, December 26th and 27th for the Holy Family—Mother Mary, Joseph and Jesus.  As daily Masses continue on the 28th, 29th and 30th (8:30am—Christmas Masses) another big one comes—the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God—31st and January 1st, 2016.  And then another weekend with the Epiphany of the kings through the star (January Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd).  Wow!
            Take this time for Jesus Christ, the child.  Take this time for our Mother Mary.  Take this time for the gifts the kings gave Jesus in the manger.  Take this time for how much love, mercy and compassion brings us.  Amen!
            Again—what some love of Masses! 
            God Bless!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Thank you, stroke, fourth lap of Advent (with my first churches as a priest): 4th Advent Sunday

Listen to the homily here.

4th Advent and Christmas: 12-20-15

Welcome to Fr. Michael Garry to churches.  Fr. Michael is a brother and a friend and we were two years together at the seminary.  Make sure Fr. Michael has a donut!

4th Advent for our weekend Masses (December 20th-21st)
            As we enter into our 4th Advent, continue our last “lap”.  As it was a race, work hard through your prayers, thoughts and ideas for our CHURCHES, SCHOOL, DIOCESE OF DULUTH, POOR and SICK.  Take this time with quietness with God, especially with our TIME, TALENT and TREASURE.
            Remember, I asked you to read two pages (139-140) or thirty-two pages (107-138) in “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic”.  If you haven’t grab this gift, please enjoy it!
I have been very proud for our whole family this season.  Our MISSION was awesome and let’s finish the last lap because…

            greeting to all of you to this amazing time of the year—the born of Jesus Christ!  Know that you are all welcome to our churches—St. Thomas Aquinas (International Falls) and St. Columban (Littlefork). 
Our Pope Francis shows the whole world how good is God for love, peace, compassion, forgiveness, kindness, clemency, happiness, friendship!  On December 8th our Pope gave us a whole year for mercy to help with the sick, the poor, the sinful, and each person be close to God.  This is an awesome year!
As we praise for Christmas, I share a quick note about last August 8th—I had a stroke.  I had a helicopter from I Falls to Duluth (the first time of my life!).  I had a surgery for my brain.  And God (with a huge team of doctors, nurses and prayers) saved me.  Jesus saved me!  God LOVES all of us!
After the surgery, I stayed 40 days in a hospital.  I was through speech, physical therapy and occupational therapy for 56 days.  I had another 20 days of speech only.  Now I continue to learn English, grammar, reading, writing and listening.  The great gift of my life is unreal from God. 
And as we begin Christmas I ask for you the one gift I would ask for our world: come to Mass each weekend.  It is only one hour—out of the 168 hours of a week.  And it’s free!
And we give you a gift: an easy book called “Rediscover Jesus”.  Take one to yourself, your family, your friends or those who work with you.  Remember how good Jesus is?
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with your family, friends and those you know.
Know of my prayers, as well as our churches.  Happy Christmas!

God Bless!

Generations of Jesus: Thursday, December 17th, 2015

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Read a homily and spoke about my thoughts too: 3rd Sunday of Advent

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Sign in for time and talent!: 12-13-15

For this weekend I would like to follow up “Stewardship for the House” in time and talent.  Continue to pray for the ways you can help our churches, school, poor and sick.  Either sign your name or chat with us in the churches or school.
·      Churches
o   Mass
§  Readers
§  Musicians
§  Singers
§  Sacristan
§  Altar Servers
§  Ushers
§  Eucharistic Ministers
o   Buildings
§  Cutting grass
§  Gardens
§  “Fixing stuff”
§  (See these to talk to Dave Chute)
o   Knights of Columba
o   Catholic of Daughters
o   Tabernacle Society (cleaning our church)
o   Adoration of Eucharistic
o   Donuts!
·      School
o   Script (a great easy gift for Christmas)
o   Calendar Raffle Tickets
o   Christmas Program
o   Helping as volunteers or with other events
·      Poor
o   Community Close Closet
o   Food
o   Social Concerns
o   Servants of Shelter
o   Minister of Praise
·      Sick
o   Visiting for those in hospital, nursing homes, homebound
o   Eucharistic Minister (please see me about that)
Pray, pray, pray!

God Bless!

Advent MISSION "Stewardship of our House": Fr. Nick Nelson's talk: Generous of Self is the key to Holiness (12-10-15)

Listen to Fr. Nick Nelson's talk here.

Fr. Nick Nelson spoke about his talk:  "Generous of Self is the key to Holiness".  As he spoke to our churches about our stewardship, he spoke about generous can help each person.  Enjoy!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Jesus and John the Baptist: Thursday, December 10th, 2015

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Advent MISSION "Stewardship of our House": (My talk of our mission and my stroke)

Listen to this talk here.

My talk began to share about my stroke.  After this I add how stewardship must be part of our Catholic lives.  As the time, talent and treasure is needed, our mission looked into our CHURCHES, SCHOOL, DIOCESE OF DULUTH, POOR and SICK.


Advent MISSION "Stewardship of our House": (MASS Homily): Silence: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

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The big part...pray together at Mass for FIVE MINUTES...the homily just remembered about our TIME, TALENT and TREASURE, for our CHURCHES, SCHOOL, DIOCESE OF DULUTH, POOR and SICK.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Advent MISSION: (MASS Homily) Mother Mary on her Immaculate Conception + Pope Francis beginning Jubilee in Mercy: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 (Immaculate Conception)

Listen to the homily here.

Advent MISSION "Stewardship of our House"

The MISSION: "Stewardship of our House" of our Churches during Advent.  The big part is our time, talent and treasure for our CHURCHES, SCHOOL, DIOCESE OF DULUTH, POOR and SICK.  Boom!

--Tuesday, December 8th = the confession and Masses for Mother Mary, Immaculate of Conception
--Wednesday, December 9th = Mass, pizza, signs, books and my talk ("Stewardship of our House" with my stroke as well)
--Thursday, December 10th = talk from Fr. Nick Nelson, Eucharistic Adoration, music, confession

Pray for us!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Two small homilies: Stewardship Mission and Jubilee of Mercy: 2nd Sunday of Advent

Listen to the homily here.

Advent Ideas: 12-6-15

The Advent begins for week #2.  As we prepare ourselves to get ready for Christmas, I have some cool things planned for you:
·      Throughout Advent, Stewardship will be our theme- time, treasure and talent.  These are ways to share our gifts.  This is especially important for our Churches, School, Diocese of Duluth (UCA), poor and sick.
·      Each Wednesday, Mass will be at 6:30pm.  For those who come every day, those who work and would like an evening Mass, RCIA people, high school and junior high students, and any one else—come to Mass!  (Confession will begin at 5:30-6:15pm during each Wednesday as well).
·      Adoration and Confession will take place Tuesday’s during Advent: 7:00pm-8:00pm on December 15th and 22nd.  This is a time for you to pray with the Lord, receive forgiveness for sins, and prepare yourself for Christmas.
·      Stewardship of Our “House” will be during the second week of Advent: The Mission begins on Tuesday (8th), Wednesday (9th) and Thursday (10th.) 
o   Three Masses will be held on Tuesday (8th) for The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  (See bulletin schedule for times.)
o   Mass will be on Wednesday (9th) at 6:30pm. After Mass you will receive books, please sign up for ways to help our Church, School and Community.  Also—there will be some great food as well.
o   Thursday (10th) we will begin at 7:00pm with a great talk followed by Eucharistic Adoration, music/ prayer and several priests hearing Confessions. 

I am excited for our Stewardship Mission!

God Bless!