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By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, May 11, 2014
We give thanks to God for the gift of Mary and for all mothers.
Loving God,
Thank You for giving me the gift of a lifetime; my mother. Hers is the greatest human love I will ever know. She is always putting my needs first. Teaching me, and showing me, what is just and what is worthy. It is Your will to leave life’s prints, on the generations You give forth: Forgiveness that comes naturally. Seeking within for all answers. Knowing that the universe respects a pure heart.  I am humbled by the experience of following my heart in moments of joy and inspiration. Thank You for giving me the gift of a lifetime; my mother. Grant this through Christ our Lord.  Amen
By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, May 4, 2014

In Luke’s Gospel, the first time Jesus makes himself known after his resurrection is not at the tomb or in the temple or in Jerusalem.  It’s in someone’s kitchen, at a meal when Jesus and two friends break bread together.  For the first Christians, this story was cherished as they celebrated the Eucharist – Sacrament with a capital “S.” 

But the Risen Christ is also in our midst when we gather with one another at our family tables to break bread, to pray together, to “mark” the love that binds us together as family – sacrament with a small “s,” when we realize the presence of God in the everyday and the ordinary, in the simple and the comfortable.  On this Sunday of the Easter season, may we re-discover Jesus with our loved ones at our family tables.

By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, April 27, 2014
Your teenage son or daughter does something amazingly stupid – as most young people tend to do at one time or another.  Their behavior might require a meeting with their teacher or principal, a run to the emergency room – or, worse, picking them up late at night at the police station.  You’re angry with them; they have let you down; you worry if this is the start of a pattern.  But you will be there for your children always; you will love them no matter what.  And in that love they are bound.
By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, April 20, 2014

While it is still dark, Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb of the Jesus who healed her and taught her.  The Easter story begins in the early morning darkness.  This is always how our discovery of the risen Christ begins: in darkness.  Sometimes for us the darkness can become overwhelming. 

Fortunately Easter is about more hope than we can handle.  Easter shatters the darkness.  Easter calls us out of the darkness that shrouds our lives and into the light of possibility, of healing, of re-creation.  In his rising from the dead, Christ enables us to bring intro our own lives all that he lived and taught and gave: the love, compassion, generosity, humility and selflessness that ultimately triumphs over hatred, prejudice, despair, greed and death.

By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, April 13, 2014
Today the crowds welcome Jesus with waving palm branches and laying their cloaks on the road he walks.  But by the end of the week Jesus will be hanging on a tree, alone and abandoned.  The question today’s Palm Sunday liturgy asks each one of us is this:  When do we walk away from Jesus?  At what point do we and Jesus part company?
By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, April 6, 2014
She is a single mom.  She works three part-time jobs to provide for herself and her little boy.  A day without work or having to stay home because her child is sick is a financial disaster.  The father is in no position to offer any help.  Saturday night is the highlight of the week: pizza and a movie she borrows from the library – just mother and son in their little home.  She is trapped in an economy that offers someone like her little hope.
By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, March 30, 2014
At first, we are sympathetic and understanding.  Many competent and talented people lost their jobs through no fault of their own.  But it’s been six years since the crash and some people are still struggling.  We’ve reduced them to a number, a percentage – really, you would think by now they’d have found something.  After all, we survived, we’re OK.  Something must be wrong with them.
By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, March 23, 2014
It was one of the most difficult photographs to look at – yet it melted the hearts of all who saw it.  Vincio Riva suffers from neurofibromatosis, a non-infectious genetic, painful and disfiguring disease.  Rive is completely covered from head to toe with ulcerous swellings and bleeding, itchy tumors.  Riva, 53, works running errands and doing odd jobs at a home for the elderly and chronically ill in the town of Vincenza, Italy.

Last November, Riva was part of a group that traveled to Rome for a morning public audience with Pope Francis.  Because he cannot stay on his feet for long, Riva was seated in a wheelchair.  To the group’s surprise, the Swiss Guard ushered them to the front.
By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, March 16, 2014

Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Archdiocesan Lenten reconciliation initiative, The Light is On for You, is an opportunity to reach out to parishioners and to those who have abandoned participation in the life of the Church and invite them to experience the love and mercy of Christ through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, March 9, 2014
A cartoon by Edward Koren in The New Yorker offers a different take on hell:  In the cartoon, Satan and his smirking assistants are welcoming a group of condemned souls to the dark, burning landscape of his domain.  The Prince of Darkness explains to the sad collection of new arrivals: “You’ll find there’s no right or wrong here.  Just what works for you.”

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