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May 12, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

This weekend we celebrate the World Day of Vocations, an annual celebration on what we often refer to as Good Shepherd Sunday since in all three cycles of the Third Sunday of Easter the theme is Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Shepherding and Vocations are a natural combination since ... Read More »

May 5, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Now that we are two weeks removed from Easter Sunday, it might be a good time to evaluate how the spirit of Easter has been continuing in our lives. All too frequently we can get excited about something, but then as that event moves more and more distantly from ... Read More »

April 28, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

On Easter Sunday morning churches fill with people to celebrate the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ. People have come to church in their Easter finery and with a light step to show their joy and excitement. Spring is certainly in the air and often the sunshine is radiant in ... Read More »

April 21, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

It seems that everyone looks forward to celebrating Easter, although perhaps from varying reasons. For some, Easter really signals the beginning of spring. No matter what specific date Easter falls on in a particular year, we somewhat think of it as a true transition from the doldrums of winter ... Read More »

April 14, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Can you believe it? We are beginning Holy Week and next Sunday is Easter. Even though we have been blessed with a few peaks of warmer weather in March, we still are wondering when spring will actually arrive for good. I had to chuckle the other day when I ... Read More »

April 7, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

On the Feast of the Annunciation, Pope Francis signed his Apostolic Exhortation Christus vivit (Christ lives). This is a letter to the world’s young people and represents his summary of the fruit of the October 2018 Synod of the Young at the Vatican. It deals with the situation of ... Read More »

March 31, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

As I begin to write this message, I am still trying to absorb the fact and the horror of someone killing 50 Muslims during Friday prayer in two different mosques in New Zealand. Of course I know that all too frequently here in our city someone either gets into ... Read More »

March 24, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

We are several weeks removed from the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 6, but I have been thinking back on our Ash Wednesday experience from time to time. Ash Wednesday at St. Peter’s has been exceptional for many years. Some years ago there were so many people ... Read More »

March 17, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

For many of us the psalms of the Old Testament do not always resonate with us in our contemporary setting. Even when we hear them recited or sung in the Responsorial during the Eucharist, we may not always see their relevance either to the Scripture reading we have just ... Read More »

March 10, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

I would suspect that the vast majority of people who are reading this article are aware that a major Summit has just recently finished at the Vatican, a meeting of the Presidents of each of the Episcopal Conferences of the Church around the world, some of the Major Superiors ... Read More »