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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The Expected Christ

Posted: 8/23/17 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Christ said unto Peter, “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the nether world shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;Continue Reading »

Why do I doubt?

Posted: 8/8/17 | by | Category: Reflections, Spiritual Common Sense, Uncategorized

WHY? more often than not can be a complex question to answer. WHY? is a question that often rises up out of the very depths of our being? We more often than not ask the question WHY? when we are baffled, bewildered or lacking in greater understanding. WHY? is the question every human being owesContinue Reading »

Expectation Prayer

Posted: 7/31/17 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

The only plans I have are the plans I have not made as I wait in expectation and listen with an attentive heart and actively pursue my lifelong intention to go forth with God. Lord, You journey in my company. My days are numbered. You bless me with life, the breaking of every dawn, timeContinue Reading »


Posted: 7/31/17 | by | Category: Reflections, Spiritual Common Sense

Matthew writes these words as instructions to the three chosen apostles as our Father said, “This is my Son, with whom I am pleased; listen to him.” At this Peter, James and his brother John fell prostrate out of fear and awe and deep respect. There they laid down on the earth. Their hearts mustContinue Reading »

New & Old

Posted: 7/31/17 | by | Category: Uncategorized

At once God is New & Old. God always has been, is now and forever will be! Why? How? Because God is God and God can do anything! This is our faith. It is the faith initially established centuries ago by men, women and children who suffered and died in the Holy Name of ourContinue Reading »

Seeds & Weeds

Posted: 7/10/17 | by | Category: Reflections, Spiritual Common Sense, Uncategorized

All people who hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ are welcomed into the local Church community, the community of believers, the modern disciples of Christ. Billions hear the Gospel. Many millions turn away from this sacred divine invitation. Some of the people who do this may be members of our own families or close friends.Continue Reading »

A Seed of New Life

Posted: 7/6/17 | by | Category: Reflections, Spiritual Common Sense

Do you hear the Gospel message but not listen? Do you understand the Gospel message? Jesus Christ and His apostles have given us a Gospel message meant for all peoples and all times. The Gospel is not outdated, old fashioned or impractical. Go to Scripture. Read it. If it is somewhat difficult to understand, IContinue Reading »

A Life In Service Unto Christ

Posted: 7/6/17 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Christ said, “Come to me. all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” Our Lord invites you, me and humanity to come into His company. He encourages us to pray; to pray on a regular basis and through prayer and the mutual conversation this spiritual exercise provides, to grow inContinue Reading »

God is in our midst

Posted: 6/29/17 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

God is in our midst! Our good and gracious Lord is near and hears the cries of the poor, the sick and dying, those among the disenfranchised, the cries which echo within the countless broken hearts that permeate society. God hears the cries of all who search for He who has always been, is now,Continue Reading »