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August 6, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



“And he was transfigured before them.” What awesome, mysterious words! Though unfamiliar to us, early Christians would have recognized the idea of transfiguration. In Jewish apocalyptic tradition, concerned with “revelations” about the end of time, the verb ... Read More »

July 30, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



You probably have heard me say before that one of my favorite Catholic magazines is The Tablet from Great Britain. They often have a number of insightful articles, some of which speak about how they see the American Church and the government of the United States. We ... Read More »

July 23, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



I remember so clearly a telephone conversation I had about a year ago with my sister and brother-in-law who live in Indianapolis. Whenever they visited with me here at St. Peter’s or I had the chance to visit then for a few days in their home, inevitably ... Read More »

July 16, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



This past Fourth of July began as planned with our traditional Mass at 10:00 A.M. with Fr. Tom Ess using the Scriptures to remind us that our basic freedom is a gift from God and that we celebrate that gift also in the freedom we have in ... Read More »

July 9, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



You have been hearing us talk about the Gala for a number of months as well as listening to announcements from the pulpit that “tickets for the Gala are on sale in the lobby and can be purchased immediately after Mass.” Well, all that is about to ... Read More »

July 2, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



This past week—June 19-23—just over 100 friars from our Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart gathered in Saint Louis for our Provincial Chapter, something that is held every three years in each Franciscan province throughout the world. It is a time for us to renew friendships, to ... Read More »

June 25, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Recently the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a pastoral reflection entitled “Living as a People of God in Unsettled Times.” In the reflection they give us direction in solidarity with those who have been forced to flee their homes due to ... Read More »

June 18, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, or the Body and Blood of Christ. It is a time when a number of parishes take the occasion to have a procession with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets in order to make a public expression of ... Read More »

June 11, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



The doctrine of the Trinity was not yet worked out at the time that the New Testament was written. In fact, it took two more centuries for bishops and theologians to settle on formal statements about the three-in-oneness of God. The Council ... Read More »

June 4, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Last week in the bulletin I was reminiscing about how the Apostles and disciples experienced dramatic changes in their lives and ministry from after the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost until what happened at the Council of Jerusalem c. 49 A.D. Jesus had told them ... Read More »