Fr. Gabriel's message, February 26, 2017
February 22, 2017
Jesus tells us four times in the Holy
Gospel today not to worry. Our Heavenly Father knows all our needs.
God’s personal attention to us, even surpasses our own mother, “Can a
mother forget her baby?” God never forgets us. Trust in His eternal
love for you!
A balanced life
begins with Jesus’ words: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His
righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.” We live
because of God’s love for us! When we are finished here, He will take
us to dwell in His Heavenly Kingdom ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, February 19, 2017
February 15, 2017
Jesus calls us to be Holy: Love our enemies; Love our neighbors.
Eeeeeasier said than done. We struggle with people who are unfair or
just plain wrong. Our own families have harmful excesses of
over-eating, over-drinking, over-spending, over-working,
over-medicating, over-reacting! Jesus calls to bring God’s abundant
grace: forgiveness, mercy, love, care, letting go and starting over
Jesus calls us to
understand our own hurt and anger so as to bridge gaps and forge new
pathways. It takes strength to say, “I’m sorry.&rd ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, February 12, 2017
February 10, 2017
Jesus calls us to a righteousness that
surpasses a begrudging obedience to God’s law. He calls us to a love
that exceeds the minimum requirements of a passing genuflection or
merely fulfilling our Sunday obligation to attend Mass. Jesus calls us
to freely Love His Will, to love Him completely, so as to truly love one
There is right and there
is wrong. There is good and there is evil. Laws can help protect the
vulnerable from the powerful, for the good of all. Fulfillment of human
laws such as traffic laws, tax laws, simply requires doing what the ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, February 5, 2017
February 01, 2017
Jesus tells us today in the Holy Gospel,
“You are salt of the earth...You are the Light of the world.” Salt &
Light are earthly treasures that Jesus uses as metaphors for brilliant,
spiritual truths. We need salt to live; we enjoy its taste; we use it
to keep our food free of corruption. Light diffuses, even around
corners, so as to defeat the darkness of indifference & selfishness.
Such is the Wisdom of God.
We thank Archbishop Jackels for bestowing the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Columbkille this Sunday at the 10 am Mass!
Youth, paren ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, January 22, 2017
January 30, 2017
“Come and I will make you fishers of men,”
Jesus says today. Yes, Jesus is calling us! Are you willing to drop
everything and follow Jesus? We are called to make Jesus our Top
Priority! What is your top priority? Self-image, pleasure, money,
watching TV, playing video games, laziness, doing only what you want?
Second letter of St. Timothy 3:2-4 says this, “People will be
self-centered and lovers of money, proud haughty, abusive, disobedient
to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious, without love, unforgiving,
slanderous, without self-control ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, January 29, 2017
January 30, 2017
Jesus gives us the eight Beatitudes in the Holy Gospel today. The Sacred Scriptures reflect how God chose the weak and lowly of this world to reveal His Glory. Each beatitude draws us up from a humble place to a heavenly happiness! This is the meaning of discipleship—be happy in the humble service of ourLord Jesus Christ.
This entire week, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service. Special Masses, open houses and activities for students, families, paris ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, January 15, 2017
January 11, 2017
Soaring on Christmas Blessings into 2017,
we see St. John baptizing Jesus and calling Him, “The Lamb of God” in
today’s Gospel. Words of truth are powerful and important. We sing or
say together this holy dedication three times at every Mass, “Lamb of
God” who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us and on the
third time, grant us peace.
the priest says, “Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who takes away the
sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.”
Sometimes I goof it ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, January 1, 2017
December 23, 2016
On this Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, we consecrate this New Year of grace in Our Lord Jesus Christ, 2017. This year, we celebrate 100 years of the blessings Our Lady of Fatima! The Blessed Virgin Mary continues to keep us close to Jesus, fully God and fully man. May the grace of intimate prayer and inner peace keep our focus on the eternal love of Jesus for each and everyone.
On behalf of Fr. Hilary and myself, Thank You for all of the goodies and generous gifts that you share with us in this Holy Season. In addition to the magnificent personal graces from Jes ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, December 25, 2016
December 19, 2016
A Very, Merry and Blessed Christmas to you and your families! Let us receive Jesus, Our Savior, with great joy!!
On behalf of Fr. Hilary and myself, Thank You for all of the goodies
and generous gifts that you share with us in this Holy Season. In
addition to the magnificent personal graces from Jesus, we are happy to
be accomplishing some big projects in our parishes: St. Joseph the
Worker audio/visual upgrade in church; and south parking lot, web
upgrade and welcoming program at St. Columbkille. May God Bless you
abundantly for your support of His ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, December 18, 2016
December 14, 2016
On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we hear that God is with us! St. Joseph is asked to take Mary into his home for she will bear a child who shall be named Jesus. The real question for each of us is this: Do we truly believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ? Are we present to Him?
In the second reading, St. Paul reminds us that the promise fulfilled in Jesus envelops all of humanity! Yes, there is struggle, persecution and suffering, yet united to Jesus we receive redemption, glory and eternal life!
The powerful Healing Sacra ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, December 11, 2016
December 07, 2016
you are feeling artistic, express this
joyful spirit with the special color of rose - wear rose colored
clothing, light a rose colored candle and put up rose decorations! If people stop you and ask why do
you look like a rose, tell them, "Rejoice - The Lord Jesus is near!"
In Advent we prepare ourselves first by penance. Does that sound
joyful to you? Being washed clean of sin is indeed very joyful!! This
coming Wednesday, Dec 14, 6:15 PM, at St. Columbkille, our
Reconciliation begins with the First Holy Confessions and their parents.
All sinners are we ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, Decembr 4, 2016
December 02, 2016
In this Second Sunday of Advent, St. John the Baptist preaches repentance, not to scare us into holiness, but to prepare us for Jesus, the One Whom our heart has been waiting! In case you miss ed our communal Reconciliation at St. Joseph the Worker, Wed., Nov. 30, 6:45 pm, plan to make either Wednesday, Dec. 7, 9:30 am or Dec. 14, 6:30 pm at St. Columbkille. Let us make haste to be ready to receive Jesus on Christmas Day!
Advent Blessings upon you,
Fr. Gabriels' message, November 27, 2016
November 19, 2016
The Season of Advent begins now for four full weeks, each denoted by a candle on the Advent wreath. This is our special time of prayer & preparation, introspection & quiet reflection. We will be ready to celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ on Christmas and His glorious return! Jesus tells us in the Holy Gospel today, “So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
Let us rejoice, living so as to receive Him with open arms!
Blessings upon you,
... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, November 20, 2016
November 12, 2016
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe! Jesus reveals His Kingship over all, not by saving Himself, but by saving us. Thank You, Jesus! We worship Jesus, not only by our words, but also in our deeds of mercy. This is the Kingdom of His Divine Will: self-giving love and the total forgiveness of sins. Now that is something for which to be thankful.
Sometimes our life experience is much like the Holy Gospel today, hanging on the cross between a good thief and a bad one with others jeering at us with ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, November 13, 2016
November 09, 2016
Jesus teaches us that His disciples
will be persecuted as a prelude to His return. Sacred Scripture
reminds us today that through faithful perseverance we will be
victorious when our Lord Jesus returns in glory! As we await
that Day, we conscientiously fulfill our discipleship with Christ
This is our testimony.
Easy excuses come to everyone. Falling away from Christ is
frequent. Lifestyles, lies and illusions create cultures of chaos. Is
this the end of the world? Is this the end of our personal world as we
know i ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, November 6, 2016
November 02, 2016
Jesus teaches us in today’s Holy Gospel
the truth that we live forever, “those who are deemed worthy to attain
to the coming age...no longer die, for they are like angels”.
Overcoming our natural fear of death is an act of faith in eternal life.
Every autumn, we see nature surrender to the Will of God. That’s why
we as faithful Catholics dedicate November to remember ing those who
have died. In Christ Jesus, they are alive!
Heaven is perfect, but we are not. We are saints in the making.
Thankfully, purgatory is an extension of ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, October 30, 2016
October 26, 2016
Be Hope-Full! In today’s Gospel,
Zacchaeus drops from a tree into the hands of Jesus’ mercy, just like
ripe fruit. This tough public sinner cheated everyone. He was hated by
the local people. Yet inside his heart, the Holy Spirit was prompting
him to seek Jesus. When he did this, Jesus openly came to his home, bringing salvation to his house!
There is hope for everyone in God’s mercy. Mercy means to forgive
someone when the person does not deserve it. That is how God loves us
and that is how He wants us to love one another. Let us co ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, Oct. 23, 2016
October 21, 2016
Jesus encourages us to offer humility to
receive mercy. When we pray, do we acknowledge our need for God’s
mercy? Are we honest and authentic in our prayers? Do we acknowledge
our own failings to Jesus, to others and to ourselves?
Beginning with ourselves, we sincerely and knowingly extend true mercy to others. Thank You for being faithful parishioners, humbly serving the Lord Jesus in our two parishes. Let us continue to
be “Mercy in Motion!” Thank You for participating in the family of
Blessings upon you,
Fr. Gabriel's message, October 16, 2016
October 13, 2016
Jesus encourages us, like the poor
widow, to persevere in prayer. Prayer leads the way, the way to Jesus
and the Kingdom of God. Usually we learn to “persevere in prayer” the
hard way. We are exhausted, hungry and weak. We need help!
We look to our relationships with the Holy Trinity, the Angels and Saints and to those around us for the help we need. In the first reading, Moses’ hands got tired—Yes, but he did not stop praying until
the victory was won. For the early Christians, persecution from many
sides was destroying their pea ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, October 9, 2016
October 05, 2016
Jesus heals ten lepers in today's Holy Gospel. Only the Samaritan leper returns to thank Him. Our lesson: Be GRATEFUL! Be gracious in gratitude! God is at work for our good now and forever. Let us return His Love with Thanksgiving, receiving Him in the Holy Eucharist.
Thank You to Dan & Julie Neebel and all who participated in celebrating Octoberfest!
Let us continue to "Increase our Faith" with our new Grace 2.0 series: Mercy in Motion! To spiritually reinvigorate, we will embrace the five ways God grows our Faith. Thank You for participating in the family of G ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, October 2, 2016
September 29, 2016
Jesus challenges us today to remain
Faithful to Him, even when events turn against us. Yes, life can be
painful at times. Sometimes the pain is from the despair of human
suffering. Faith frees us from fear. Faith increases when we are willing
to bear our “share of hardship for the Gospel with the strength that
comes from God.” This spiritual growth is explained in our second
reading: “stir into flame the gift of God that you have …”
Pope Benedict XVI explains, “Faith is a liberation of my I from its preoccupation with self &hell ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, September 25, 2016
September 21, 2016
This weekend we celebrate the Sacrament
of the Anointing of the Sick at all Masses at St. Joseph The Worker.
Everyone is welcome to attend. In this Year of Mercy, remember that God
is abundant in mercy to all who receive Him.
In the Parable of the Rich Man, Jesus offers us: Woe to the complacent; take responsibility of spiritual life; and a warning from the dead. Jesus calls us to full commitment! Are we actually helping
the eternal life of ourselves and others? Are we listening to those who
have gone before us in Faith? The time to respond to G ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, September 18, 2016
September 14, 2016
This weekend we celebrate Catechetical
Sunday focused on the theme: “Prayer: The Faith Prayed.” Today Jesus
challenges us to manage God’s valued gifts well. More precious than
gold is the heart-felt prayers of our eternal soul. As Catholics, we devote ourselves to the practice of prayer, for our own spiritual good
and for the good of those we serve.
Part Four of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is an excellent
overview of prayer. For example, St. Thérése of Lisieux, for whom
“...prayer is a surge of the heart; ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, September 11, 2016
September 07, 2016
Jesus gives us three parables this Sunday:
The Lost Sheep; The Lost Coin; and The Lost Son. Each time what was
lost is found! Each time there is true rejoicing upon return. Jesus
gently draws us back to Our Heavenly
Father, despite our failings and sinfulness. Jesus actively seeks the
lost and patiently waits for love to return.
May we be one with Jesus, to bring or return the lost and forsaken to
Him. Many times family members or friends lose their faith and lose the
practice of the faith. Jesus, gives us the grace to a light to draw them
back to You! May o ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, September 4, 2016
August 31, 2016
Jesus inspires us to follow Him
whole-heartedly in today’s Holy Gospel. Reality check—Jesus
offers us no illusions: Be determined carry our cross first,
even before family or possessions. He gives us two
illustrations: Plans for the building of a tower; and Plans to
go into battle. We are so limited, yet united to Jesus, our
cross becomes a crown of victory! Lord Jesus, send us the grace and preparation that we may be Your true disciples.
Who is a disciple of Jesus for all cultures and ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, August 28, 2016
August 24, 2016
My mother always said that the Happiest
Day of the Year is the beginning of school. Let that supreme joy
continue throughout the entire school year. The Sacred scriptures today
take us back to the School of Holiness, with humility and self-knowledge walking hand in hand.
Jesus teaches us that those
who exalt themselves will be humbled and the humble will be exalted.
Why is humility essential to a right relationship with God and others?
Humility keeps us mindful of our
greatest privilege: Jesus the mediator of the New Covenant. Only
humility disposes our wil ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, August 21, 2016
August 18, 2016
Jesus encourages us to strive to
enter through the narrow gate! No reincarnation, you’re not coming
back as a cow. This is it. Don’t wait until next Christmas to go to
Mass. All people are called to praise the Lord and confess His Holy
Our second reading from Hebrews reminds us that we
are Children of God Our relationship with God is intimate and
personal as He is our loving Father. “Endure your trials as
‘discipline’... At the time, all
discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, August 14, 2016
August 12, 2016
Jesus' words cut back and forth like a saw to break open our heart and mind to receive Him. Jesus speaks of fire and of division in the Holy Gospel today. He calls us to entrust ourselves to the fire of truth that brings Divine illumination and burns away everything else. Jesus comes to divide us from whatever divides us from Him.
We live in a time of uprisings, so let us rise up with Jesus! We live in spiritual battlefield where we fight, beside many Angels and Saints, to be faithful to Christ Jesus. The prophet Jeremiah was 13 years old when the Lord sent him to te ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, August 7, 2016
August 10, 2016
Jesus tells us in today’s Holy Gospel, “For where your treasure is, there also will
your heart be.” Then Jesus gives us the Parable of the Wise Steward who is vigilant
for the return of the Master. As at the Last Supper, Jesus serving His Apostles, washing their feet, as a reward for their vigilance and an example for their faithfulness. This ties together with our first reading, Wisdom 18:6-9, “The night of the Passover” when the Lord delivered His people from death to life! Yes, Lord Jesus, we want life to the full, now and forever, a ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, July 31, 2016
July 27, 2016
Our first reading is Genesis 18:20-32 "In
those days, the Lord said: 'The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so
great, and their sin so grave..." Yet Abraham bargains to save all on
behalf of 10 righteous men. Synonymous with impenitent sin and physical
"crimes against nature" Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed with fire and
brimstone from the Lord as Lot's wife looked back, becoming a pillar of
salt. Genesis 19:23-26
Ancient Greek historiographer, Strabo, identifies a salt hill at the
south western tip of the Dead Sea, as the site of biblical Sodom. The
tow ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, July 17, 2016
July 13, 2016
Like Abraham and Mary, the sister of Martha, in today's readings - true hospitality is attentiveness to God's presence in others. Jesus' Real Presence is with us always in the Holy Eucharist. We place our whole life of work and suffering at His feet. He places eternal joy in our hearts. Let us be open to the "mystery of Christ" as He encounters us also through nature and one another.
A delightful way to grow close to Christ is by helping others. With participation and involvement, our word and example of loving Jesus deepens within us. A special Thank You to Julie Hill, th ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, July 10, 2016
July 06, 2016
Our Sacred Scriptures today tells us that the Law of Love is very near to us - already in our hearts. Jesus teaches us how to live it in the parable of the Good Samaritan. The Lord Jesus concludes by saying, "Go and do likewise."
Living the Greatest Commandment, the Law of Love, is often met with opposition from our maze of social constructs, our politics, our personal attitudes, and our own self-centeredness. Yet God's grace is greater still, as noted in our second reading: Jesus brings reconciliation to all things, making peace through the blood ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, July 3, 2016
June 28, 2016
Our Sacred Scriptures today reminds us to boast of nothing but the cross of Jesus Christ. Through it His grace and power are made known to His servants. Tremendous deeds shall be performed in His name: The reign of God is proclaimed; Peace is given as a gift; and the forces of sin are overcome. Sharing in the Holy Cross is freedom to all who accept Jesus as Savior and Lord!
This weekend, we conclude the Fortnight for Freedom: Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the h ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, June 26, 2016
June 21, 2016
This week I am happy to celebrate 27 years
of Ordination, serving that entire time as a priest in the Archdiocese
of Dubuque. People often ask me why I became a priest. I felt Jesus call
me to be a priest, but when I interviewed with Archbishop Kucera, he
said, "I'll determine whether you are called to be a priest! If the
Holy Spirit has led you, it will all work out. Don't worry about
anything." Trusting my vocation to the Holy Spirit working through the Archbishop was very freeing. "For freedom Christ set us free;" says our second reading, Galatians 5:1.
Ea ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, June 19, 2016
June 14, 2016
Are you a follower of Jesus? Today's
prophesy of Zechariah is fulfilled in Jesus, who endured suffering and
death on a cross. In our second reading, St. Paul reminds us that in
Baptism we have clothed ourselves in Christ. Baptized into His death, we
freely take up His cross and follow in His footsteps. Our Baptism is
fulfilled by this sharing in Jesus' life, death and resurrection. Are
you a follower of Jesus Christ?
Studies have shown that the father of the
family has a big influence on the faith of the children. If fathers are
followers of Jesus, their children ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, June 12, 2016
June 07, 2016
We welcome Sr. Judy at Masses over the
next two weekends as our Archdiocesan Mission Coop speaker. Sister will
speak to us before Masses and feel free to visit with her afterwards.
May the new evangelization bring forth a springtime of spiritual growth!
Seriously, what are your kids doing this week of summer vacation? Jump
into Totus Tuus - beginning this Sunday and evenings 7-9 PM for grades
7-12 as well as Mon-Fri for grades 1-6, 9 am - 2:30 pm, at St.
Anthony's. Your children & grandchildren will enjoy this wonderful
Archdiocesan and city wide ministry! ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, June 5, 2016
May 31, 2016
What are you doing this summer? Fishing,
swimming, playing and praying? The month of June is dedicated to the
Sacred Heart of Jesus! This is a perfect time for praying to Our Lord
and Savior and being His heart-felt love in this world.
"From among all the proofs of the infinite goodness of our Savior none
stands out more prominently than the fact that, as the love of the
faithful grew cold, He, Divine Love Itself, gave Himself to us to be
honored by a very special devotion and that the rich treasury of the
Church was thrown wide open in the interests of that ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, May 29, 2016
May 25, 2016
"All the good works in the world are not equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass because they are the works of men; but the Mass is the work of God. Martyrdom is nothing in comparison for it is but the sacrifice of man to God; but the Mass is the sacrifice of God for man." - St. John Vianney
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ! We rejoice in this unique and eternal act of Jesus that transforms us to live in the Kingdom of God. How do you show respect for this Heavenly Gift? We show Jesus the depth of our love by the co ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's Message, May 22, 2016
May 17, 2016
Do you have sunken, broken, leaking walls
in your house foundation? Do you know others that do? Once I lived in a
rectory where the grout holding the round field stones of the
foundation had become dust. Parishioners, experts in concrete, saved
that rectory from falling down. Our spiritual foundation, personally, as
a parish and in the Universal Church, is the Most Holy Trinity! The
strength of love between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is the foundation of our life, now and forever.
We celebrate that God, the Father, has allowed us, through Jesus, i ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, May 15, 2016
May 10, 2016
Do you feel the fire of the Holy Spirit in
your life? Do you experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at every
Mass? The Holy Spirit ignites us with the dynamism of Divine Love! Yes,
it is strength, courage, support, joy, patience, shared wisdom, understanding with forgiveness enough for the whole world! Today we
celebrate the great Solemnity of Pentecost, the descent of the Holy
Spirit upon Mary and the Apostles.
Among the many beautiful gifts of the Spirit, there is a unity of
purpose, the abilit to communicate and unite goodness in the hearts of
other ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, May 8, 2016
May 04, 2016
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ into Heaven. Jesus commissions His disciples to baptize in His Name, reminding us that He is always present through the Holy Spirit. We are called to be mindful of the great Grace to which we are called! “Amen, Amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”
Jesus entrusts us, with all of our imperfections, just like the apostles, to continue His mission on earth. Through our living example to lov ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, May 1, 2016
April 26, 2016
In this beautiful month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the blessings of Jesus Christ are extended to your gardens, fields and farms. May the new growth of God's creation fill the world with nourishment and good health to the Glory of God! The Blessed Mother and St. Joseph created a peaceful home for Jesus to dwell. May 1 is the memorial feast of St. Joseph the Worker.
God is at work. We are at work. Jesus is working in us to renew, rebuild and refresh His Kingdom in the world through our hearts, our relationships and the Church, our spiritual home. ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, April 24, 2016
April 19, 2016
Sacred Scripture today reflects the example Jesus gave us: How to respond to insults, painful relationships, temptations, loneliness, abandonment, frustration with others, disappointment with ourselves and others. Love. Jesus modeled for us the risk of friendship as well as the joy of sharing our life together. Love. Our life shares the Good News to all we meet.
Special blessings upon all families celebrating First Holy Communion this weekend! May the Body and Blood of Jesus keep you ever close to Him now and for eternal life!
In three weeks, we ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, April 17, 2016
April 12, 2016
Listening to the Voice of Jesus, The Good Shepherd:
1. Do our thoughts, words and deeds follow how Jesus spoke to and treated others?
2. Do our priorities and our choices bring Jesus' love to others or do we bring hurt, revenge, and take advantage of others?
3. Do we share our joy and gratitude for Jesus with those in difficult situations?
Jesus' voice is not shouting at us, coercive, overbearing, and threatening. He calls us, invites and beckons, leaving us free to follow. Listening to Jesus in our families, at work and school, gives us the grace to s ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, April 10, 2016
April 07, 2016
Happy Easter!! Jesus is Risen, Alleluia!! In contrast to Peter's denial of Jesus three times, the Risen Jesus asks Peter, "Do you love Me?" Truly, Peter does love Jesus. Neither wickedness nor infidelity can stop this love! Like Peter, we may see ourselves or others in sin and betrayal of Jesus, of God and of others whom we are to love. As Jesus renews the love within Peter 2000 years ago, Jesus renews the love within all of us today! Can you hear Jesus asking, "Do you love Me?"
Jesus is always with us! Live in His Real Presence with lives of love and fo ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, April 3, 2016
March 31, 2016
Happy Easter!! Jesus is Risen, Alleluia!! Today we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday!! What does that mean to you? How does that happen in your life? Jesus’ mercy is greater than the sins of the whole world! How do you express and share His Mercy? It is as simple as the ABC’s:
A. Ask for Jesus’ Mercy
B. Be merciful to others.
C. Completely trust in Jesus!!
There will be Confessions and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3 pm Sunday at St. Columbkille. On Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 pm Archbishop Jackels celebrates the Sacrament of Confi ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, March 27, 2016
March 25, 2016
Happy Easter!! Jesus is Risen, Alleluia!! Celebrating Easter is New Life in God’s glorious plan of Eternal Life. As we continue the Divine Mercy Novena this week, we embrace Jesus’ mercy ever new! The Resurrection of Jesus on Sunday is the reason why we keep “The Lord’s Day” sacred and holy. Sunday Mass is our Top Priority!
What is new in your spiritual life? For some families, it is the Sacrament of Baptism, First Holy Communion and/or Confirmation! For others, it is a new or renewed commitment to one another the Sacrament o ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, March 20, 2016
March 17, 2016
The Passion of Jesus Christ! Now we enter into the high holy days with Holy Week. Let us journey with Jesus throughout our life, through death and into the Resurrection of Eternal Life!! We would like to give special recognition and heart-felt thanksgiving for two St. Joseph The Worker Staff who will be moving on in June: Nancy Ehrlich, Business Manager for 12 years; and Emily Kahm, Director of Faith Formation for 2 years. God has certainly worked through them in the service of His Kingdom at St. Joseph The Worker. We wish them the very best and many ... read more
Fr. Gabriel's message, March 13, 2016
March 09, 2016