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 life of blessings and woes

Posted: 2/11/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Know this…Your life is pure gift. Your life is an outward sign of God’s infinite love, divine mercy and countless gifts. Your own life, like every human life is sacred, precious and holy. It is precisely because God has created YOU out of divine love and in His image and likeness. This day is aContinue Reading »

For I am a sinner

Posted: 2/4/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

St. Peter said unto Jesus, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” How many of us can echo these ancients words of humility? Am I a sinner? The answer to this question is ALWAYS yes. Why? Precisely, because we, as mere human beings are but imperfect, broken and frail in our oneContinue Reading »

No prophet is accepted at home

Posted: 1/29/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Jesus said to his old neighbors, “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.” No man or woman will be widely accepted by her old neighbors mainly because they watched this once young man or woman with all their youthful indiscretions, mistaken ideas, foolish actions and outright mistakes. OnceContinue Reading »

Proclaim His Good News

Posted: 1/17/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Go out into our society and proclaim the Gospel! Do so, NOT by preaching or teaching, or talking down to someone. Rather, take this Gospel and its Good News into the lives of those close to you…family, friends, fellow workers. Assure them that they are people of goodness, people whose lives are here precisely becauseContinue Reading »

In the Beginning

Posted: 1/8/19 | by | Category: Christmas Season, Reflections, Uncategorized

In the beginning was the Word and the Word became flesh. We firmly believe and hopefully with both a humble heart and mind, we acknowledge the infinite, undeserved love God showed when He sent forth His only begotten Son. When Jesus walked among the people of God, He found resistance, rejection, and distrust. Jesus alsoContinue Reading »

Morning Star

Posted: 1/2/19 | by | Category: Christmas Season, Uncategorized

When your heart feels alone, when your spirit is wrestling with truth, or when you might find discomfort permeating the very depths of your being, just recall that ancient morning star which shone so brightly on that cold ancient night. Recall the darkness of that ancient night when countless men, women and children waited. TheyContinue Reading »

The Holy Way

Posted: 12/10/18 | by | Category: Advent, Reflections, Spiritual Common Sense, Uncategorized

God had spoken. The prophets had listened and shared this Good News with the people of God. Some ears heard, others were distracted and still some ears ignored our Lord. Hearts and minds yearned for that promised moment when the expected Lord would appear among them. They knew He would be born in the stockContinue Reading »

Advent as a season of anticipation

Posted: 11/30/18 | by | Category: Uncategorized

Advent is here. God so loved the world that He sent forth His only begotten Son, to be born of the Holy Virgin Mary, and was loved, cared for, and protected by his holy father, Joseph. Jesus, the Holy Child was blessed and prepared for His three-year ministry by their collective God-inspired loving union knownContinue Reading »

Christ our King

Posted: 11/19/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Spiritual Common Sense, Uncategorized

God so loved the world that He sent forth His only begotten Son—to preach and teach, to heal and renew, and to die and rise in fulfillment of the ancient Scriptures. The Risen Christ transformed the history of humanity, and the whole world. Let there be no doubt. No great king, emperor or ruler hasContinue Reading »

Faith in expectation

Posted: 11/15/18 | by | Category: Reflections

When is our Lord coming? How will we know? Jesus was asked similar questions and answered, “But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither, the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” We cannot know WHEN our Creator will actually bring the constant unfolding of human history to its finalContinue Reading »