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September 3, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



I had intended to make this article a summary of the Bishops’ annual Labor Day Statement as I have done ever since becoming a pastor, but this year the statement had not been published by the time I had to send my section of the bulletin to ... Read More »

August 27, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



One aspect of being a faithful follower of Jesus is trying to stay abreast of current news and evaluating these events in light of Gospel teaching. It certainly has never been an easy thing to do with so many things happening simultaneously, but it has become even ... Read More »

August 20, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



How many times haven’t we heard the saying, “Charity begins at home”? It is so true that if we learn how to love one another in the family setting, then we will realize how important it is to love our neighbor, no matter where we meet him ... Read More »

August 13, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



One of the great blessings of being missioned here at St. Peter’s is knowing that we have the privilege of serving as conduits for God’s mercy. Every time I enter the confessional, I realize that it is because of God’s love for us that we have this ... Read More »

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 »