Monday, May 30, 2011

1 Year Later

 It was great to have most of my classmates from the Archdiocese join me last night for Mass. Fr. Erik Lundgren was not able to join us for Mass, but was able to join us afterwards for dinner. Once again thank you for all of your prayers, but more importantly thank you for your witness.

Below is my homily from Sunday.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Priests

When I checked my mail today a huge smile came to my face. Inside my mail box was the Catholic Spirit, and on the front cover was a picture of the five men who will be ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Saturday. The “new priest” issue of the Catholic Spirit is by far my favorite of the year, and I enjoy reading about the new priests. I remember doing this even when I was in high school and thinking wouldn’t it be cool to be in that issue some day. I encourage all of you to take a look at the Catholic Spirit and read about the newly ordained priests, and here is a link to their website.
Today is also the one year anniversary of me learning that I was coming to Epiphany. I remember sitting with the Archbishop at lunch and hoping that he was going to send me to Epiphany, and sure enough here I am! It has been a great year, with many firsts. It also has been a year that has flown by; I can’t believe that this Sunday will be my one year anniversary of being ordained a priest. As a way to celebrate our anniversary, all of my classmates will be coming to Epiphany on Sunday night for Mass at 5:30 and a little get together afterwards, which will be a great time. A special thanks to all of you for all of the prayers, I know that they are working, so please keep praying. Also, continue to pray for all priests, especially the ones who will be ordained this year, so that they too can have a great first year as a priest.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Build it Up

Thank you to everyone who came out to Springfest, it was a great time.
Here is my homily from Sunday:

Monday, May 16, 2011

What are we going to do?

This past Sunday I used my mother as an example in my homily. Once again I just want to let my mom know that if you ever listen to this homily, I do love you, and this was only an example.
Update: Thank you John for calling my sister and letting her know that I uploaded the wrong homily. Below is the homily from this past weekend.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Share in the Divinity of Christ

On Sunday we had First Communion for some of our students. It was an honor to be able to be the celebrant for these Masses and it made me think back to my own First Communion(yes these are actually pictures of me, and as you can tell my hair is the same now as it was back then). Please make sure to keep these children and all children in your prayers.

Here is my homily which ends at the 8:30 mark:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Second Friday Young Adults

    For the past four months or so I have been brainstorming with another individual on how to get young adults involved more in their faith. Although we do not have all the answers, we know that young adults are just not engaged in their faith like they should be, and so one of the solutions that we have came up with is a series of talks that are focused on young adult issues. This is not for Epiphany parishioners only, this is for any young adult (21-39, single or married) who wants to get more engaged in their faith and we hope that people outside of Epiphany will attend.Here is a link to the website for this series, and their is also a link to it in the upper right hand corner. As you can tell from the name we will be having a talk every second Friday of the month. Please join us if you can, and if you do not fit in the age range, make sure to spread it to other people who can and also pray for us young adults, we need it!!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Open Wide the Doors to Christ!

Here is a link to Pope Benedict's homily from yesterday. It is a beautiful homily, and it truly shows how Blessed Pope John Paul II was a man full of faith.

Definitely below the quality of our Holy Fathers homily, here is mine from yesterday.