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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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Rich in faith, poverty of heart

Posted: 10/9/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

For those of our church community who are among our young people, pay attention to the world around you. Older adults by the hundreds, if not thousands can confirm what I am about to say. This world from day one tells us we need a fancy style of clothes, a new and expensive sports carContinue Reading »

Poverty of heart

Posted: 10/2/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Sometimes we watch or listen to the news. Week after week we hear about hatred, war, oppression, murder, rape, robbery, abuse of children, women, elders, even animals. This is one major reason I find no need to sit in front of a so called t.v. box and listen about many ways in which men, womenContinue Reading »

Poverty of heart, mind and spirit

Posted: 10/1/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Jesus said to His apostles, “Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.” All the material wealth in the world will not bring any human being the peace of heart, mind and spirit for which the vastContinue Reading »

The Last shall be First

Posted: 9/18/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Mankind has always tried to make the point that being first does not always prove to be the most important or valuable achievement in life. Today our Roman Catholic Church is being shaken by a crisis known to countless well-educated men and women. These intelligent and gifted people have made possible todays worldwide Church crises.Continue Reading »

A Deaf Heart

Posted: 9/4/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

What an irony of ironies! Some would claim no heart can hear… that only ears can hear. But, hearts do in fact hear when they are more attentive. And human hearts can sense, feel and even grasp reasoning, and in so doing obtain greater knowledge, greater understanding and greater heartfelt wisdom. Each and every humanContinue Reading »

Labor for Our Just Lord

Posted: 8/28/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Choose to labor for our good and gracious Lord. Our Lord merits your attentive heart, mind and spirit. He does precisely because God has unconditionally granted you a pure and undeserved or merited gift in your holy, sacred and precious gift of human life. Our Lord is pure goodness! God’s love is NOT to beContinue Reading »

God’s call to serve

Posted: 8/25/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

The call to serve others as a Roman Catholic priest is but one form of God’s Divine invitation to each and every faithful son and daughter. As a layperson every lay Catholic, through their reception of the Sacrament of Baptism and then, by their free and informed consent to enter into and receive the SacramentContinue Reading »


Posted: 8/16/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

We celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of our Holy Mother Mary into the heavens. Mary gives us a life of faith and pure service unto God. She was born from the love of God and lived every day in faith & in love with God our Father. Mary, the Mother of God was likeContinue Reading »

Jesus as the Bread of Life

Posted: 8/16/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Our Roman Catholic faith includes our Sacrament of Holy Communion. Catholics believe in the real presence in the Holy Eucharist. We believe that indeed through our collective prayers at each Mass that indeed our Father transforms mere human made bread into the actual Body of Christ. This is called transubstantiation. It is the ancient actionContinue Reading »