I Resolve This New Year…

Making a New Year’s resolution can sometimes motivate us to pursue a better life; once in a while it can also sustain us to change habits.  I believe that the annual pledge will be more motivational and sustaining when made before a Christmas crèche.  Churches keep the holy manger scene visible and prominent throughout the […]

Sleep Heavenly

It would be attention-getting for me to inform you that I sleep around. To introduce a message, preachers are encouraged to first get people’s attention.  Now that I’ve got yours, I’ll direct it to your beds.  Though I am the only person living in the Saint Charles Borromeo rectory, it has six bedrooms.  None was […]

God’s Invitation

The coming of Christmas sparks joy in the lives of children and generosity in the hearts of earth’s citizens.  People of good will, especially Christians, are touched by the message of God’s incarnation as a Jewish baby, though not welcomed by many cultural and religious leaders, was welcomed by common folk and outsiders.  We often […]

#GivingDecember

Inspired by the #GivingTuesday tradition that now inaugurates the annual holiday season of giving we, at Saint Charles, are conducting, this month, a #GivingDecember in hopes that we can close out the year by closing out some financial hardships that have been carried here for many years.  Nearly forty percent of all charitable giving takes […]

Catholic Chaos

The Catholic Church is in a state of chaos, some say a state of crisis.  Twenty-first century Catholics are not like those of the last century or last millennia; they are motivated by spirituality far more than by religious structures, rituals, or questionable regulations.  They value church as a means of following Jesus’ message and […]

Hallmark Holy Days

Clustered with some guys at a social gathering, the conversation turned to what channel would come on next time our TV power button got pushed.  For me, it’s always a news or sports station except, I admitted, between Thanksgiving and Christmas when movies of holiday love and magic run non-stop on the hallmark channel.  I […]

APB 4 APB

This note is to alert you to the upcoming Academy Prayer Breakfast (APB) at Saint Charles Borromeo.  Though maybe not an all-points-bulletin, I will present here an outline of our annual end-of-year fundraiser to be held on the morning of Friday, December 7. Mass will begin at 7:30.  You can enter through the new plaza […]