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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Discipleship of Christ

Posted: 7/1/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

May the holiness of our good and gracious Lord continue to permeate the very depths of your being. May you, as a faithful modern disciple of Christ continue to journey throughout the passing of each day with a keen and attentive awareness of Christ’s presence. Our good Lord comes into our daily lives all soContinue Reading »

Following Christ

Posted: 6/25/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ is a real challenge! It is not always going to be a life spent in joy, good humor and great company. No! A life spent in the company of our Savior first and foremost will require a life deeply rooted and firmly built stone by stone upon aContinue Reading »

Most Holy Trinity

Posted: 6/10/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Our Ancient Roman Catholic tradition recognizes and humbly acknowledges the Triune Oneness of our God. Our Father who art in heaven shares His only begotten Son with us, and also sends forth the holy Spirit. The Triune Oneness of the Divine is fully divine in nature, a nature in which we can discover that theContinue Reading »

Pentecost Sunday

Posted: 6/5/19 | by | Category: Easter Season, Reflections, Uncategorized

On that ancient Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came down upon the apostles and early Christians and ignited them with that vibrant faith! They were granted great spiritual renewal, gifts and wisdom. They could speak in tongues, heal, preach and even raise from the dead. The Spirit granted unto them a great sense of God’s presence.Continue Reading »


Posted: 6/3/19 | by | Category: Easter Season, Reflections, Uncategorized

The Ascension of Jesus Christ was that moment when human history stopped. It was when the Risen Lord said goodbye to the apostles and His disciples and sent forth the Advocate, the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit. Over 2,000 years ago hearts were attuned to Christ and they thirsted for the Divine Presence. Today in ourContinue Reading »

Memorial Day

Posted: 5/24/19 | by | Category: Easter Season, Reflections, Uncategorized

This Memorial Day let us be people of thanksgiving. May we ask our dear Lord to remind us about the sacred nature of all human life. We give honor to our soldiers, veterans and the countless civilian workforce whose hard work, courage and steadfast fidelity to our one nation under God enables all Americans toContinue Reading »


Posted: 5/17/19 | by | Category: Easter Season, Prayers, Uncategorized

Prayer is the language of the human heart. Prayer can be expressed in the silence of a late night when one’s heart cries out using no oral words. No! Our Lord knows more fully than you or me, that prayer is in fact the silent cries deeply embedded in the very depth of one’s self.Continue Reading »

My Lord God

Posted: 5/14/19 | by | Category: Prayers, Uncategorized

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doingContinue Reading »

“Follow Me”

Posted: 4/30/19 | by | Category: Easter Season, Reflections, Uncategorized

The above are words spoken by Jesus to His Apostles. Apart from Judas, the betrayer, all of the Apostles freely chose to follow Christ. All of them, with the exception of John, died for Christ as martyrs. They truly died…gave their own lives for Christ. Most of the original apostles were not very well educatedContinue Reading »