Our Parish Programs Archives: From the Pastor Desk

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In the gentle farmland of Spencer County in southern Indiana, is a very small town called Mariah Hill. Settled in 1846 by German immigrants, it was once a thriving if small place, but it would be hard to describe it … Continue reading

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Stay Focused

Later next week I will be leaving for Germany, arriving in Frankfurt on Thursday morning and then driving to Neckarsulm, in the Neckar river valley to stay with my cousins. One of the things I will notice again traveling in … Continue reading

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Sin Spreads, but so Can Good

Early this year, when I was planning my trip to Haiti to visit the school we built there, I received an email from a Priory School graduate, now a doctor working in public health and epidemiology. He warned me that, … Continue reading

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Make the Best of Our Waiting

I mentioned in my homily on Ascension Sunday that I hate waiting. This has resulted in a pattern of behavior designed to avoid or minimize waiting. When I lived in New York City and Washington, I had figured out just … Continue reading

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Be Joyful!

Some years 28 years ago, driving from Boston back to Washington DC on my vacation, I stopped over in Newark, NJ to stay with an old friend. I had very specific directions. But as I got close, I was blocked … Continue reading

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Two special days . . .

one last week and one this week are not unrelated. There was the 70th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6. And today, June 15 is Fathers Day. They are related in my mind, anyway. Since I was born in 1950 … Continue reading

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Pentecost, When We Begin the Largest Part of the Church Year

The Pentecost we celebrate, when the Holy Spirit came down and took up residence in our Church and world, began what we hope is the largest part of human history, that part in which we now live. This is the … Continue reading

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The Common Good

It’s an old commonplace: Dog bites man is not news; man bites dog is news. There has not been a lot of publicity, relatively speaking, given to Pope Francis’ remarkable trip to the Holy Land, starting in Jordan, moving on … Continue reading

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It’s Memorial Day Weekend!

Summer is now on the horizon. Perhaps, like me, you have already begun to make concrete plans. I will be going to Germany for the 3rd Brunnertreffen or Brunner Family Reunion, which will take place on July 19 in my … Continue reading

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Behind a Successful Church

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day, and this entire month is dedicated to the Blessed Mother, our mother, Mary, given to us as our mother by her Son, Jesus Christ, our brother, at His crucifixion. I am somewhat remiss to wait … Continue reading

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