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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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 »

The Vine of Christ

Posted: 4/24/18 | by | Category: Easter Season, Reflections, Uncategorized

You are a part of the Vine of Christ. You can help nourish the Gospel message, the love of God and the workings of the Holy Spirit. Christ invites you, me and all people to freely enter into and participate in the unfolding of God’s kingdom here at hand. You possess an innate goodness…the goodnessContinue Reading »

St. Stephen & Service

Posted: 4/12/18 | by | Category: Easter Season, Reflections, Uncategorized

In today’s readings we hear about St. Stephen, the first martyr in Christianity. St. Stephen was a very strong follower in Christ. His faith was so strong that others chose him to be included in the original group of seven men who were chosen to be ordained and serve others as Deacons. Today we haveContinue Reading »

Divine Mercy

Posted: 4/6/18 | by | Category: Easter Season, Reflections, Uncategorized

God so loved the world that He sent forth His only begotten Son, to teach and preach, to die and rise, all in fulfillment of the ancient prophets. Divine Mercy is purely God’s Mercy. It is in you and I and all who freely choose to follow in the footsteps of Christ. May we, asContinue Reading »

O Ancient Day!

Posted: 3/26/18 | by | Category: Easter Season, Reflections, Uncategorized

Mary’s heart was broken. The apostles were in hiding. A guard stood near the tomb. The darkness of night surrendered unto the breaking dawn, and red rays pierced through the ancient sky. Dawn brought forth that ancient morning when time stopped and human history was transformed by God Himself as He reached down into theContinue Reading »

Palm Sunday

Posted: 3/21/18 | by | Category: Lent, Reflections, Uncategorized

On Palm Sunday we celebrate the entrance of Jesus into the City of Jerusalem. He knows and we know today that this final passage into Jerusalem is a symbol for His final entrance into what will unfold to become the Passion of Jesus Christ. We look back with great clarity. Yet! Underneath all that intellectualContinue Reading »

Teach me your ways

Posted: 2/28/18 | by | Category: Lent, Reflections, 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 »