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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Robe of Salvation

Posted: 12/11/17 | by | Category: Advent, Reflections, Uncategorized

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 ownContinue Reading »

Prepare the Way of the Lord

Posted: 12/5/17 | by | Category: Advent, Reflections, Uncategorized

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 andContinue Reading »

Caesar and God

Posted: 10/18/17 | by | Category: Reflections, Spiritual Common Sense, Uncategorized

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 toContinue Reading »

Faith in Action

Posted: 9/25/17 | by | Category: Reflections, Spiritual Common Sense, Uncategorized

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 “someoneContinue Reading »