Monday, August 29, 2011

The Last Year at the Fair

It's been a great year at the fair so far, with great weather, and even better volunteers. It also has been a little sad, seeing as how it is our last year. You probably have heard about this in the media the last couple of weeks, and I think that this is one of the reasons why we are a little busier this year. I have been able to make it down there 3 times so far, and hope to make it down at least another 3 times, so make sure to stop in and say hello. Below is a video that Kare 11 showed last night, and it is very well down, so please take a look.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Who do you say that I am?

It was another great weekend here at Epiphany, and it reminded me of why I like Sunday so much, because I get to see all of the parishioners. It was also a beautiful Sunday afternoon outside, so I decided that I was going to take advantage of the weather, and read a couple chapters of a book outside. I hope that you all had a great weekend, and let's hope that this weather stays for the State Fair which starts on Thursday.
Here is my homily from Sunday:

Monday, August 15, 2011

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

First, and foremost, happy feast day. Today of course is the Solemnity of the Assumption and although not a holy day of obligation this year in the United States, it still is a huge day where we celebrate Mary being assumed into heaven. But, why do we celebrate this? I think our prayers for the Mass tells us the reason, and the reason being that it gives us hope that we too can reach heaven, where we all want to dwell. So, make sure to take some time today (or this week) and contemplate what you are doing in your life, if you truly are serving God or not.
I got back from my fishing trip on Saturday night, and it was a great time. The fishing could have been a little better, but it was so nice just to be able to spend some time with my brothers, and also enjoy nature. We stayed at a cabin at Fort Saint Charles, which is an island on Lake of the Woods. Here is a link to some more information about the site. Essentially, it was a fort that some explorers used when living at Lake of the Woods, and eventually they were actually massacred. I hope one day to tell more of the story, maybe a special talk, or make it the story of a homily, so stay tuned.I was able to say Mass everyday up there with my brothers, and I even got a run in!!  Here are some pictures from the trip.
Picture of the Cabin we stayed at.

Sunset at Lake of the Woods.

Praying on the boat.

Saying Mass and somewhat sporting a beard.

My Brothers Luke and Mark.

It is great to be back at the parish, and I am really looking forward to our final year at the State Fair Dinner. When I was gone, channel 5 did a story on the dinner, and here is a link to the video. If you plan on coming to the state fair this year make sure to stop in and grab some food at the dinner, hopefully it is going to be a busy place.
Alright, don't forget to celebrate this great solemnity today, I know that I will.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Go Fish

As mentioned in the video above, we were pleased to welcome Fr. Frank Pavone from Priests for Life this past weekend, and hopefully his homily will be on the Epiphany website soon, which you can find here. Also, here is a link to the website for Priests For Life. A great resource that they have is an Assumption Novena for Life and here it is:

Lord Jesus Christ,
You have conquered the power of death
And opened for humanity
The hope of eternal life in body and soul.
You granted your Mother
A share in heavenly glory,
And did not allow decay to touch her body.
As we rejoice in the Assumption of Mary,
Grant us new confidence in the victory of life over death,
And renewed reverence for the human body.
As we honor Mary, Assumed into Heaven,
May we proclaim the hope of Your Gospel:
That you want every human life seated on your throne.
May that hope strengthen us to protect every life here on earth.
You live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

I hope that you will take a moment to pray this every day, up to the Assumption. Also, here in the Archdiocese there will be a morning of prayer at the site of a Planned Parenthood that is in construction in Saint Paul,for more information please take a look at this link.

Finally, please keep me and my 2 brothers in your prayers, this week. We will be heading up to Lake of the Woods for some fishing and relaxing. It should be a good time, and hopefully, I will be able to take some videos up there. Before I leave though, I have a 15 mile run scheduled for the tomorrow morning, so definitely pray for me then.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Summer Time

It's definitely summer around the office; things are a little bit slower. However, with the State Fair right around the corner, followed by school, I’m sure that things are going to pick up soon. In the meantime I have been researching (and will continue to) more into the third edition of the Roman Missal. I really think that it is an improvement from the one that we are using right now, and also a great opportunity to learn more about the liturgy. I know that here at Epiphany we are offering a five-part series looking deeper into the Mass, and they will meet on Monday nights. For more information on this please take a look at this link.
Speaking of Epiphany, in case you havn't heard, we will be welcoming Fr. Frank Pavone from Priests for Life this weekend at all of our Masses except for the Sunday evening Mass at 5:30. Fr. Pavone is in town for The National Sidewalk Counseling Symposium, which sounds like a great event. If you are not from Epiphany, maybe this should be the weekend that you come on over and check out our great church and listen to Fr. Pavone preach.
Finally, in case you missed it, yesterday was St. John Vianney’s feast day. I was able to celebrate the 8:00 morning Mass, and it was beautiful. The more that I look into Vianney’s life, the more impressed I am with him, and want to be like him. By the way this statue is outside the Bassilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, I took the picture on Monday night when I was in the area.Thanks to all who pray for priests, please keep it up, we need it.
Have a safe and great weekend, I hope to see you here at Epiphany!!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Be Open to God's Plan for You

This picture is from when I was a deacon studying in Rome for a month. I am joined by then deacon, know Father Erik Lundgren. What we were studying at that time was how the Universal Church works (although I am pretty sure that this is a "posed shot") for a travel blog that we had at the time describing our experience in Rome. My homily from this past weekend talked a little bit about the dignity of work, and how it does not make you who you are, so the picture is supposed to show me working. Anyways, below is my homily from this past weekend, I hope you can get something out of it.