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Fr. Rich's Weekly Ramblings

When I was a young kid I was totally into Superman, in fact it remains to this day the only set of movies and sequels that I have watched in its entirety.  The thought of a man who had limitless strength really captured my imagination along with millions of others worldwide.  At the risk of sounding corny, maybe Superman led me to have a true fascination with God because God is without limit in every way.

If Superman had super powers, then God was all the more bewildering.  The word we use for God being almighty and all powerful is omnipotent; God is omnipotent; he can do all things.  God illustrates this in many ways; think of the new images we are getting of the universe from that new powerful telescope that is out in space.  We are literally seeing the birth of stars and galaxies billions of light years away.  God is the cause of that.  Think of the power of storms such as blizzards and tornados and hurricanes all over the planet; God is the cause of that.  But in which way does God most manifest his almighty power?  You may be surprised.  God shows the greatness of his power in his being merciful.  God forgiving us of our sins is the greatest sign of His omnipotence.  Here is the opening line of this weekends opening prayer at Mass, "O God, who manifest your almighty power above all by pardoning and showing mercy..."
For us Catholics the normative way in which God shows his mercy is the sacrament of reconciliation.  When was the last time you went to confession? 

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Weekly Schedule

Weekday Mass
Monday | 8:00am | St. James
Tuesday | 8:00am | St. James
Wednesday | 8:00am | St. James
Thursday | 8:00am | St. Elizabeth
Friday | 8:00am | St. James

Weekend Mass
Saturday | 4:30pm | St. James
Sunday | 8:30am | St. Elizabeth
Sunday | 10:30am | St. James

Reconciliation
Saturday | 3:30pm | St. James
By Appointment

Eucharistic Adoration
Wednesday | 8:30am-8:00pm | St. James

Bishop Daniel Felton

Just a word about  the vestment the bishop will be wearing at Mass this morning; it may look familiar because it is the same vestment St. John Paul II is portrayed as wearing in our stained glass window.  Our former bishop, Bp. Schnurr was the executive director of World Youth Day Denver in 1993, when Pope John Paul II said the closing Mass for that event he wore this very vestment.  At the end of the program the Pope gave the vestment to Schnurr as a token of appreciation for the success of the program.  Fast forward many years later, when Schnurr became our bishop he showed me the vestment which I immediately salivated over!  The bishop had appointed me to be his point person for Vocations for the diocese and he told me that as soon as we get 25 seminarians studying for our diocese he would give me the pope's vestment!  We got there!  And when we did we had the highest number of seminarians in the country per capita of any diocese in the country, and the bishop gave me the pope's vestment which now is a major second class relic of my favorite saint and favorite pope.  The last time it was worn was ten years ago after JPII was beatified, and at that time I decided never to wear it again, but it seems most appropriate to have it worn today by our new bishop at the blessing of the sanctuary that portrays the great saint wearing this very vestment.  St. John Paul the Great, pray for us!

Diocese News from The Northern Cross

The capitol shakeup and the questions that need asking

By the Minnesota Catholic Conference 

Inside the Capitol 

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Father Mike Schmitz illustrates pro-life position with ‘gunshot-wound’ analogy

By Katie Yoder 

Catholic News Agency 

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Pro-life leaders criticize attorney general’s pregnancy center alert

By Barb Umberger 

Catholic News Service 

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Sanctuary Restoration Update

Conrad Schmitt Studios

Conrad Schmitt is the company working on the Sanctuary Restoration. 

Check out their website to see some of their previous work. 

Meet the Artist

Corbert Gauthier is the artist working on the angels for the Sanctuary Restoration. 

Check out his website to see some of his amazing work. 

Parking Lot Update

We are excited to announce that the St. James parking lot is completed and open to park in! This is such a great improvement to our church and school! 

Photo Album

  • St. Elizabeth Church
  • First Communion 2019
  • May Crowning 2019
  • Blessing of the pets - Oct. 8th, 2019

 

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