Tag: Blessed Mother

Each Person, Each Member of the Body of Christ Is A Gift

It is late April as I write this column. Our Listening Sessions (nearly complete, with three to go), are revealing many things. I am hearing about the many challenges we face as church, a wide variety of perspectives, some hope and gratitude, and a fair amount of frustration and disappointment. One individual summarized these sessions as expressing a deep hunger. I concur. The Church is one, big family. As our creed says, we believe in ONE, holy, catholic, apostolic church. Sadly, she is not necessarily one, big, happy family. Like every human family, our church […]

May, A Month To Honor Moms & Mothers (Mary & The Church)

May is a month we traditionally honor our Blessed Mother and celebrate Mother’s Day. We are given an opportunity this month to honor women. This month of May is also a prime time for us to recognize the Maternity of the Church – after all, how often do we refer to her as Mother Church? The older I get, and perhaps, the older my mother gets, the more often I am led to reflect upon the incredible role she played in my life and the life of our family. There was a sign that hung […]

Visitation of Blessed Mother Brings Joy

Very soon after Mary gave her consent to God to become the Mother of his Son, Jesus, she begins her missionary life as his first disciple, and visits her cousin, Elizabeth. Bringing Christ to others is the core of the feast we celebrate today, the Visitation.  Elizabeth’s response to the visit ,and the response of the child within her womb  is the fruit of credible discipleship.  Luke’s Gospel tell us: “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, ‘Most blessed […]

We Give Thanks, God Has Blessed Us With Another Priest. Congratulations, Fr. Andrew Kinstetter!

Nothing like an ordination to breath new life into a local Church.  The cathedral was full for today’s ordination of Rev. Andrew Kinstetter, and it was a beautiful celebration!  Pictures from the ceremony can be viewed here, and as always, I’m very grateful to Matt Potter for his photography skills.  Homily is below. Please join us in grateful prayer to God for the blessing of a new priest! Homily For Priesthood Ordination of Rev. Andrew Kinstetter, May 20, 2016 The Gospel selected for today (John 17:6, 14-19) gives us not only a beautiful teaching of Jesus, […]

Unity In The Work of Service

Today’s Mass has for its first reading a passage from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.  One of the verses was chosen as the theme for the 1987 Papal Visit of now St. Pope John Paul II to the United States.  The overarching theme for the Trip was: Unity In The Work Of Service, and this is the quote from Ephesians: And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ, […]

With The Door Closed On The Papacy Of Benedict XVI, Another Prepares To Open

 I was taken by this photo of the final minutes of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy.  Pope Benedict XVI along with the Prefect of the Papal Household, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, leave public view after the Pope’s brief appearance on the balcony of Castle Gandolfo.  Thank you, Pope-emeritus, for you fidelity and loving term as our Shepherd in Chief. Now, five days into the General Congregation meetings of the College of Cardinals, all 115 of the Cardinal Electors are in Rome.  Preparations are well underway to ready the Sistine Chapel for the Conclave.  The Cardinals are now fulfilling perhaps their […]

Dignity and Sanctity of Life and Hierarchy of Values Critical Guides for Decision 2012

In this month of October, the Church renews its defense of life, the human person, and its challenge to any efforts that would diminish the basic dignity and inherent sanctity of human life.  As I write this entry, I am mindful of the many voices I hear from concerned Catholics, indeed, concerned citizens of this great nation, as a very significant presidential election draws ever nearer.  Some believe the Church and its bishops should disregard the IRS tax code that prohibits a non-profit organization such as the Church from advocating for or against any political candidate […]

Heaven; Our Final Goal

Today’s Solemnity of Assumption reminds us we are on a pilgrimage of faith that leads to something beyond this earth; beyond this life.  The opening prayer for today’s Mass concludes “May we see heaven as our final goal…”  We need this reminder. Mary’s Assumption into heaven reinforces all of what we believe about our Blessed Mother.  Mary was conceived without sin.  Mary remained free from sin throughout life and thus her body was assumed into heaven at the moment of death rather than undergo the corruption of the grave.  Her sinlessness was a gift of the Father.  […]

Mary’s Month

As we draw near the end of this month of October, a brief conversation with one of my priests this week gave me the idea to share with you a prayer for vocations which fits easily into the rosary. While I was pastor in New Albany, Indiana at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the parishioners taught me many things.  One of them was this prayer for vocations.  The parishioners that gathered each weekday for Mass always prayed the rosary before Mass.  I remember the first day praying with them, they had a prayer added, which […]

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, brother priests, family and friends gathered here today for this solemn ordination ceremony. As we prepare to receive our brother Tim into the order of Priests, let us reflect upon the nature of this office of the Church. We look first of all to the […]

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