WORSHIP: The Intimate Encounter with Christ

From the Pastor’s Desk


Father Michael Briese offers his reflections on the wonder of God’s life and love for us here at St. Mary’s Newport.

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Behold the Lamb of God

Posted: 1/13/20 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

In the Roman Catholic Tradition, we see Jesus Christ as being the expected Savior of the world. We see Him as the One sent forth by His Father in fulfillment of the ancient prophets. We see Jesus as being the Son of Mary, the Holy Virgin and Joseph the blessed father. We see Christ asContinue Reading »

2020 & Time

Posted: 12/31/19 | by | Category: Christmas Season, Reflections, Uncategorized

2020 & TIME As we enter the year 2020, we realize the first two decades of the 21st Century have already passed. They have surrendered unto the beginning of the second score of this, the 21st century. Time simply marches forward. No government, military force, corporation or billionaire can stop Time. No! None! Where doesContinue Reading »

So, this is Advent

Posted: 12/4/19 | by | Category: Advent, Reflections, Uncategorized

“A voice of one crying out in the desert/ Prepare the way of the Lord/ make straight his paths.” These ancient holy words are contained in the ancient major prophet, Isaiah’s book. There within the sacred, precious and holy depth of you rests our dear Lord. Since that sacred moment of your conception and thatContinue Reading »

God and Nations

Posted: 11/21/19 | by | Category: Advent, Uncategorized

“He shall judge between the nations, and impose terms on many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the Light of the Lord.”Continue Reading »

The Good Criminal

Posted: 11/21/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Spiritual Common Sense, Uncategorized

“Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom’, Jesus said to him, ‘Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” You and I, all human beings are much like this criminal. Our dearly beloved Creator grants us this one lifetime and does so without attaching anyContinue Reading »


Posted: 11/13/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Spiritual Common Sense, Uncategorized

“You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” Awaken every breaking dawn keenly aware our good and gracious Lord is indeed at your side, in your company and willing to walk humbly in your midst.Continue Reading »

Rich Man’s Poverty of Heart

Posted: 10/29/19 | by | Category: Prayers, Reflections, Uncategorized

Zacchaeus was a well to do and an influential tax collector. Many in his locality disliked him. Others even despised him. His greatest sin was his obvious greed. Greed is one the ancient 7 Deadly Sins precisely because Greed can and will in the long term oppress, deny and even destroy one’s neighbors, family members,Continue Reading »

God’s Mercy

Posted: 10/24/19 | by | Category: Prayers, Reflections, Uncategorized

Your life is a holy life, a sacred life and a precious life. It is precisely because God created you, ma and all humanity out of divine love and in His image and likeness. God has a role for you to play in the unfolding of his kingdom at hand. Our Lord sees in youContinue Reading »

Pray for Priests

Posted: 10/16/19 | by | Category: Prayers, Uncategorized

Today I write this column asking you to cut out my Prayer For Priests and place it in your prayer book, Bible, with your rosary, on the refrigerator, in your car, or another place you will see it. Then when you see it, be willing to take a few moments each day and pray forContinue Reading »