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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At No Cost

Posted: 8/7/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

I was there at your side when… I patiently listened as you came out of your stupor and told me about your family life, being a high school dropout, getting in trouble with the law, falling into your alcoholism, and having no place to call home. I carefully listened as you spoke…and I did soContinue Reading »

Bread of Life

Posted: 7/31/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Jesus said to the crowd, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” Take these selected words from our Lord Jesus Christ and do not only hear these words. Rather, LISTEN!!! Listen to Christ. Hear these ancient words of good counsel andContinue Reading »

Teach me your ways

Posted: 7/3/18 | by | Category: Prayers, Uncategorized

Lord, teach me to follow your footsteps, to bring Your love into the lives of others, to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and the dying, to care for the widow and the orphan, to help the stranger in need, and to serve the least among us. Lord, enable me to upholdContinue Reading »


Posted: 6/26/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Spiritual Common Sense, Uncategorized

When our trust has been broken, or when the people to whom we look up to fall short, or when leaders fail us, we can feel anger or disappointment toward them. All this might be absolutely legitimate. Nonetheless, I strongly encourage you to live your life with a top priority and actual ability to forgiveContinue Reading »

Pray for the Army of Pray-ers

Posted: 6/13/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Lord, guide us with the wisdom of Your Holy Spirit. Enable us to enter ever more dearly into Your company, and to express our prayers unto You, our Creator, Your only begotten Son and our Savior, and Your Holy Spirit of infinite Divine Love, Mercy and Justice. Teach us the art and power of prayer.Continue Reading »


Posted: 6/6/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Spiritual Common Sense, Uncategorized

Jesus said, “Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.” Here our good Lord emphasizes the need on your part and my part to draw near, into His company and to go out each day keenly awareContinue Reading »

Trinity Sunday

Posted: 5/22/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Your life is a sacred life, a precious life and a holy life. It is precisely because God has created you out of Divine love in His image and likeness. Realize this great spiritual truth. The holiness of the Trinity rests within you…in the very depths of your own being. Therein is a temple forContinue Reading »

A Prayer for Pentecost

Posted: 5/15/18 | by | Category: Easter Season, Prayers, Uncategorized

O Holy Spirit, I ask You to permeate the very depths of my being and to enter ever more deeply into my heart. O Holy Spirit, may You bring into our lives greater peace, deep awe, heartfelt appreciation and quiet rest amid life’s turbulent waters. Bless Your disciples with Your holy and good counsel asContinue Reading »