Priesthood Ordination Homily

Below follows the homily given at the priesthood ordination ceremony for the newest member of the Diocese of Cheyene clergy, Rev. Tim Martinson. Hopefully, some good pictures of the event will follow soon. Priesthood Ordination Homily, May 24, 2010 Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne, Worland, Wyoming My dear brother, Tim, Read more…

Veni, Sancte Spiritus

Veni, Sancte Spiritus! This is the great prayer of the Church as we enter into this celebration of Pentecost. Over the past several days I have prayed a Novena to the Holy Spirit, and have been inspired numerous times in recalling the many ways the Holy Spirit is at work Read more…

May, Month of Mary

When I was growing up, we had a plaque hanging somewhere in the house that read: “The greatest gift a father can give his children, is to love their mother.”  In many ways, I believe this is similarly true for priests and bishops with regards to our love for Mary.  Read more…

Ascension

Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?  This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.  (Acts 1:11) It is hard for us to get our head and hearts Read more…

Parents

 With the recent celebration of Mother’s Day, and the upcoming celebration of Father’s Day, I count it a pure joy and distinct blessing to have had my parents visit Wyoming this past several days for some time “with their son”.  Pictured to the left are mom and pop, Paul & Read more…

Clergy Changes

  OFFICIAL   Clergy Changes   The following changes are effective July 1, 2010, unless otherwise noted:   The Reverend James Heiser, Pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Worland, has been appointed Pastor of Holy Name Catholic Community in Sheridan and its mission churches of St. Edmund’s in Ranchester Read more…

Confirmation Message

With one more Confirmation Mass to go this season, I’d like to share the common message I’ve shared with all those Confirmed this season.  The readings for the Easter Season, as well as those of the Rite of Confirmation are powerful, and have much to teach us about what God Read more…

Renewing The Church

 Yesterday, while meeting with a group of parish leaders from St. Paul in Pine Bluff, a woman asked: “How do I get my kids to go to Church? They think it is boring.”  I believe she said her kids were 10, 6, and 4.  I responded, “First of all, we Read more…

The Great Commandment

I spent the morning with a wonderful faith community, St. Paul in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. This was the only Mass this weekend for St. Paul, St. Peter and St. Joseph. We had seven Confirmations, along with seven young people who made their First Communion. It was heart-warming to see the three Read more…

St. Catherine of Siena

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena.  Those who know me know that she is a favorite of mine, for many reasons.  She was a woman of great faith, whose love for the Lord was intense, mystical, persevering, and shown in practical and fruitful ways in her Read more…