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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If only…

Posted: 11/15/18 | by | Category: Prayers, Reflections, Uncategorized

If only I could be closer to You, dear Lord. If I could just reach out my hand and touch You and feel Your infinite and merciful touch. If only I could grasp You in a mere moment of my full understanding of You, my beloved Lord and God. Where are You at the momentsContinue Reading »

Thank You, O Lord

Posted: 11/12/18 | by | Category: Prayers, Uncategorized

Thank You, O Lord, for letting me live another day. Thank You, O Lord for the provision of adequate shelter. Thank You, O Lord, for the many gifts of adequate foods, crops and waterways and other beneficial resources. Thank You, O Lord, for the bountiful crops of the fields, fruits of the orchards, and variousContinue Reading »

The rich poor woman

Posted: 11/7/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Her wealth was not in materials. Rather this poor widow was living a life as a sign of contradictions. She gave her last two coins to our Lord. It was not a large value in monetary means. However, she gave all she had. All too often, if not most often, many, if not actually mostContinue Reading »

As the human heart tolls

Posted: 10/15/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

You have within you a special place, a holy chamber, one known throughout ancient writings, throughout human history as being called “the human heart”. There within the very depth of your being is a sacred place where you can find rest, heartfelt wisdom and the company of our dear and beloved Lord. There within thatContinue Reading »

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 »