Our Savior is coming. We wait in a spirit of trust and expectation. We wait. We wait in silence, in a spirit of faith and with a spirit of change and renewal. Christmas is that great celebration in Church history when we as the modern church look back to the past and from our own… Continue Reading »
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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This Advent use our Season of Expectation to slow down, look around and see the actual presence of our good Lord. Prepare yourself for our celebration of Christmas by receiving the great Sacrament of Reconciliation. There within you and I rests the very presence of our dear and beloved Lord. He rests within you and… Continue Reading »
Christmas is upon us!! Our Lord is with us. We worship in a spirit of joy, expectation and gratitude. Our parish is a community blessed with many good people and people of strong faith. As Catholics we certainly pray for the common good of our community. In addition, we pray for peace…peace in the hearts… Continue Reading »
Your life, my life, all human life is sacred, precious and holy. It is precisely because all human life is created by God out of Divine love and in His image and likeness. We get today. We do not know whether we will see tomorrow. Reach out into your part of God’s world and freely,… Continue Reading »
Money, Might and Power are Caesar’s to enjoy here on earth. Like ancient times the modern Caesars most often rule through military might, economic oppression and concentrated political power. Today modern societies will NOT accept armies and navies ruling over the common people of nations. Rather economic concentration in all modern societies enables elites to… Continue Reading »
Our modern Church has invited over a billion of the living people on this Earth. Millions and millions have responded to this Divine invitation by accepting it and joining in the 24/7 ministries taking place at every hour of every day somewhere on God’s planet Earth. The faith of our King of King’s modern disciples… Continue Reading »
We are the fruit of the Lord. God created you, me and all humanity out of Divine love and in His image and likeness. He created us with a firm Divine invitation to enter into His creation and to walk humbly in the company of His Divine Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. God grants us… Continue Reading »
Our Catholic faith has always been a faith in which we hear the Divine invitation or request and we either freely and knowingly choose to follow or ignore our Lord’s words. We make free choices to follow in the footsteps of Christ or we choose to do things “my way” or in accord with “someone… Continue Reading »
Our common human condition sometimes drives us to “wonder”, “Why is he or she able to get the same pay I get even though I have more experience or I work longer hours?” Why wonder about the good fortune or blessings others might experience or possess? Why worry about the life another person is able… Continue Reading »
Be a forgiver! Pray and learn about and actually begin your spiritual efforts to let go of the past; to forgive those who trespass against you and to become the more forgiving person our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ calls us to be. C’mon! Start now. You are in church and even if not… still,… Continue Reading »