Treasure In Heaven

This weekend’s Gospel (Luke 12: 32-48) gives a simple message: “The Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom.”  Jesus is speaking to His disciples.  He is ultimately speaking of heaven, as the text says explicitly in the next line.  However, Jesus is also speaking of the founding of His Read more…

The WORD of God

Today’s Gospel antiphon quotes the Letter of St. James, (1:21) :  ” Humbly welcome the WORD that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls.” This reminds me of the recent words of our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI when he spoke last Sunday during the Read more…

CORPUS CHRISTI

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.  Our Church is built upon this presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  We renew again our faith in this mysterious but true presence of Christ in the Eucharistic elements of bread and wine which become His Body Read more…

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…

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…

Happy Easter!

     It is difficult to fully comprehend the fullness of what we celebrate this Easter Day.  We are “worldly people” celebrating an event that took place in history, and yet is “other worldly” in its origins and designs.  Jesus is not only the Author of Life, and of all creation, Read more…