Acolytes and RAD

This morning I left early for Casper. Today, our Permanent Deacon candidates took their final, formal step towards being ordained as Deacons; they received today the ministry of acolyte.  The ministries of reader (lector) and acolyte were the two ministries preserved after the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.  Prior Read more…

September Institute

As a part of our Diocesan Pastoral Strategic Planning process, we decided months ago to designate this year’s September Institute to the topic of Eucharist.  The Institute was designed with the goal to further prepare for the upcoming implementation of the New Roman Missal and provide some talks and workshops focused on renewing the vibrancy Read more…

Easter Life

In the first two chapters of the Acts of the Apostles, we get a glimpse of how the Apostles first began to live their life after the Resurrection of Jesus.  This Book begins with the description of Jesus’ Ascencion.  In this final instruction from Jesus to His Apostles, he tells Read more…

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…