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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Love your enemies

Posted: 2/20/20 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

In our self- centered culture, it is NOT even logical to be concerned about another person. This world, or at least “my part” of the world is all about me, myself and I. Our society tells us to defame, ignore and even feel free to slander our family members, old friends, neighbors, fellow employees, publicContinue Reading »

Surpassing Righteousness

Posted: 2/12/20 | by | Category: Lent, Uncategorized

We quickly are approaching the great SEASON of LENT…A season of 40 days when we prepare ourselves for the upcoming Passion of our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let us NOT mistake LENT as just some liturgical Season of the Liturgical Year. No, the Message of LENT, the purpose of God’s only begotten SonContinue Reading »

Presentation of the Lord

Posted: 2/7/20 | by | Category: Prayers, Reflections, Uncategorized

“The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted— and you yourself a sword will pierce—so that theContinue Reading »

Love as pure gift

Posted: 1/22/20 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ calls you, me and every member of our one human race to love. Sounds easy! It’s not!!! Still, the Gospels are clear, declarative and resolute in their invitation to draw near to our Lord, to live life in ways which build up, rather than destroy. You and allContinue Reading »

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 »