July 1, 2012 – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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July 1, 2012

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Do not be afraid, just have faith.”

—————————————————————————————Reflections on The Declaration of Independence

 “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another…”  


     Thus begins The Declaration of Independence. The opening shows respect to history, and the fact that the thirteen original colonies came mainly from Great Britain who first helped them, but then began to abuse them. Thomas Jefferson, the main author of The Declaration of Independence, respects history and the reasons for historic change. The colonies first tried to resolve the problems, but King George III would not respect their reasonable requests.                       

     “…and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them,…”                                                            

     Natural law is recognized as more than physics, it is also the God given dignity which each human being has and thus the natural right to receive the goods that God has established for the preservation of each human life.                                                     

     “a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to separation.”          

     The Founders of our American Republic give “the causes” for such a break from being politically bound to Great Britain, but they first acknowledge the essence of God given human dignity and natural rights by writing this:                                                  

     “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”         

     Truth is not always self-evident, but some truths are so basic they speak for themselves. Every man, woman and child, i.e. “all men”, have an equal dignity because they are human beings created and sustained by God. Some men may run faster, or work harder, and so they are not equal in every way, but they are equal with respect to their dignity as human beings, which means they have the same natural rights and basic responsibilities before God.         

     These unalienable rights and responsibilities cannot be infringed by anyone unless they are forfeited by criminal acts that are contrary to these natural laws.     This is the standard of our life as Americans.  True freedom comes from the “Creator,” and we are responsible for the promotion and defense of these unalienable rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” in that order. A responsible Catholic makes a good citizen.                           



Father Thomas McCabe

June 24, 2012 – Nativity ofSt.John the Baptist

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Nativity of St.John the Baptist

“For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.”


Who is the most humble person you know?  Maybe it is a mom who cleans the bathroom for the family and is never thanked, or a dad who goes to an unrewarding job to provide for his family, or a soldier who willingly gives his all for the country and people he loves.

     These humble people find their perfect model of humility in Jesus Christ.  He is the mustard seed, the very smallest, that was crushed for our sins in order that we might be made holy through the waters of baptism.  He is the Living Bread come down from heaven that gives life to the world, of which he calls us to celebrate every week.  Jesus called upon John the Baptizer, his creature, to baptize him, who is the Creator. 

     Jesus calls us to the humility that brings service and life to others through the holy sacrifice of his Body and Blood in the Eucharist.  The following is a continuation of the summary of John Paul II’s Encyclical Letter, Ecclesia De Eucharistia – The Church of the Eucharist.

     In Chapter I, “The Mystery of Faith”, we learn that Jesus is the Eucharist, the center of our faith; because he has given himself and all that he has done in the celebration of the Eucharist.

     In Chapter II, “The Eucharist Builds the Church”, we learn that all who partake of Christ are built up in faith, hope and love, because it is the sign of unity with Jesus and everything he has taught us through his Church.

     Chapter III, “The Apostolicity of the Eucharist and of the Church”, refers to the fact that Jesus entrusted the Eucharist to the Apostles, “Do this in memory of me,” and sent the Holy Spirit upon them to carry out their apostolic mission to the Church of which she “continues to be taught, sanctified and guided by the Apostles until Christ’s return, through their successors in pastoral office: the college of Bishops assisted by priests, in union with the Successor of Peter, the Church’s supreme pastor.”

     Chapter IV, “The Eucharist and Ecclesial Communion” outlines Christ’s discipline of being visibly in union with the Catholic Church as well as spiritually through charity in order to receive the Eucharist.  That is to say, we must be free of any contrary belief, serious sin and have fasted one hour from any food, gum and drink (except  water and medicine) before receiving Holy Communion.

     Chapter V, “The Dignity of the Eucharistic Celebration”, is an account of the simplicity and solemnity of Jesus’ self-gift to us in the Eucharist.  “The Eucharistic Banquet is truly a ‘sacred’ banquet, in which the simplicity of the signs conceals the unfathomable holiness of God.”  This truth has inspired authentic art and a Christian culture of beauty of which the shepherds of the Church must continue to guide, especially with regard to the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  “Liturgy is never anyone’s private property, be it of the celebrant or of the community in which the mysteries are celebrated.”  We humbly receive what Christ has won for us by his death and resurrection.

     Chapter VI, “At the School of Mary, ‘Woman of the Eucharist’” completes this beautiful letter because she is the complete disciple of Christ.  God chose Mary who perfectly followed God’s plan and so received Christ as the first tabernacle, gave him back to God and was at the foot of the cross offering herself up to God from whom eternal love and wisdom, beauty and happiness flow.

     May we be like that humble disciple, Mary, in worshipping Jesus Christ who is God Incarnate in the living and holy Eucharist.

 In Christ,

Fr. Thomas McCabe   


June 17, 2012

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June 17, 2012

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time


“To what shall we compare the Kingdom of God,

or what parable can we use for it?”




                                   HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

God is the source of all fatherhood. Jesus reaffirmed this when he taught his disciples how to pray, “Our Father…”. The prayer first acknowledges that we all belong to God as his children, for he gave us our human life, or soul. Our earthly fathers were instruments of God who immediately and directly created us in his image (with an intellect) to have the potential to share his heavenly kingdom as his children. At Baptism we were given the grace to pray to God the Father daily when old enough.

“Who is (art) in heaven.” Heaven is our everlasting destiny when we follow Jesus and his Church. Total union with God and one another will be perfected when we have died and gone to heaven where we will never be tempted or sin again. Like our Heavenly Father, fathers help us to develop our talents and sense of responsibility for that which is truly good for all people. God clearly and fully communicates this to us through Jesus, and all caring fathers seek to follow his example.

“Hallowed be your name.” We ask God the Father to glorify his name so that we might see his powerful actions of love in our lives. Many times our earthly fathers have intervened in our life with wisdom, compassion, justice, mercy and love, giving us an indication of how God works in our world

Why is it then, that we might not experience the deep love of God in our life? Is it because we don’t understand completely the message and divine person of God’s Son, Jesus Christ? Yes, for we might be in communion with Christ, but it might be in a way that needs to be deepened by time, trial and treasures.

The same is true with our earthly fathers. The more we share our time and trials, and treasure the gifts of wisdom, love and support they give us, the more deeply our communion with our fathers. Of course, because neither we nor our fathers are perfect, there is a longing to be in deeper communion with them. The only way to fulfill this desire is by growing in our communion with God the Father and his divine Son, Jesus Christ.

Those fathers who have shown us Christ, shared with us God’s love in the sacraments and prayer, and support us by speaking the truth of God’s wisdom, realize the joy of this day. Father’s Day is a celebration of those men who reflect the goodness of God to their children, and thank God for his grace that enables them to do so. Let us daily pray the Lord’s Prayer to grow in communion with God our Father and our earthly fathers.


Your Servant in Christ,

Fr. Thomas McCabe




June 10, 2012 – The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

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 June 10, 2012

The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

“Amen, I say to you, I shall not drink again

the fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it

new in the Kingdom of God.”


 This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  Our former Pope, John Paul II wrote a beautiful Encyclical Letter to the Church: Ecclesia De Eucharistia – The Church of the Eucharist.

“The Church draws her life from the Eucharist.  This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church.  In a variety of ways she joyfully experiences the constant fulfillment of the promise: ‘Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age’ (Mt. 28:20), but in the Holy Eucharist, through the changing of bread and wine into the body and blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity.  Ever since Pentecost, when the Church, the People of the New Covenant, began her pilgrim journey towards her days, filling them with confident hope.

     The Second Vatican Council rightly proclaimed that the Eucharistic sacrifice is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’  ‘For the most holy Eucharist contains the Church’s entire spiritual wealth: Christ himself, our Passover and living bread.  Through his own flesh, now made living and life-giving by the Holy Spirit, he offers life to men.’  Consequently the gaze of the Church is constantly turned to her Lord, present in the Sacrament of the Altar, in which she discovers the full manifestations of his boundless love.”

     This begins the introduction, a framework to the six chapters and conclusion that complete the 28 page letter, which is in summary form below.  The first chapter: “The Mystery of Faith” recalls how Jesus gave us the Eucharist the night before his passion and death. “The Church has received the Eucharist from Christ her Lord not as one gift- however precious- among others, but as the gift par excellence, for it is the gift of himself, of his person in his sacred humanity, as well as the gift of his saving work.  Nor does it remain confined to the past, since “all that Christ is, all that he did and suffered for all men-participates in the divine eternity, and so transcends all times.”

     Chapter two: “The Eucharist Builds the Church”.  “The Second Vatican Council teaches that the celebration of the Eucharist is at the center of the process of the Church’s growth…the Council adds: ‘as often as the sacrifice on the altar, the work of our redemption is carried out.  At the same time in the sacrament of the Eucharistic bread, the unity of the faithful, who form one body in Christ (cf. 1 Cor. 10:17), is both expressed and brought about.”

     May we enter more deeply into this great celebration of God’s full outpouring of love and truth for us in the celebration of the Holy Mass.  It is an intimate, sacred meal that affects a greater union with God, through him, with him and in Jesus Christ.  Unlike other food that we assimilate, this sacred food assimilates us.  We truly become what we eat.

In Christ,

Fr. Thomas McCabe



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June 3, 2012


 “And behold, I am with you always,

until the end of the age.”




We are honoring and celebrating our

Immaculate Conception Parish 2012 High School Graduates

At the 10:00 AM. Mass Today, Sunday, June 3, 2012.

We wish them well, & offer our prayers for their success in the future.



Justin Bastyr, Son of Jim & Connie Bastyr

Elizabeth Coffield, Daughter of Pat Schiltgen

Clair Duchene, Daughter of Mark & Theresa Duchene

Alicia Geer, Daughter of Shannon & Kristin Geer

Michael Grindland, Son of Scott & Julie Lowy

Andy Kes, Son of Dan & Donna Kes

Nick Kes, Son of Tim & Kim Kes

Tracie Korbel, Daughter of Joe & Karen Korbel

Ashley Larson, Daughter of Tom & Joan Larson

Simon Lemaire, Son of Patrick & MaryAnne Lemaire

Kelli Schanus, Daughter of Pete & Sue Schanus

Jack Siebenaller, Son of Mark & Nancy Siebenaller

Becca Sirek, Daughter of Dave & Shellie Sirek

Allison Skluzacek, Daughter of Lyle & Sandi Skluzacek

Brittany Smisek, Daughter of Jeff & Michelle Smisek

Megan Smisek, Daughter of Donnie & Denise Smisek

David Svoboda, Son of Ed & Anne Svoboda

Alex Troff, Son of Sandy & Paul Deutsch & Gary Troff

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We are also honoring and celebrating our

Immaculate Conception Parish 2012 Confirmants at this Mass.

They were listed on the May 13th Sunday Bulletin.

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We offer our special prayers and congratulations

 to the following students,

who graduated from Holy Cross Catholic School

on Thursday, May 24, 2012

Michael Anderson, Son of Ron & Andrea Anderson

Sam Ceplecha, Son of Steve Ceplecha & Lisa Ceplecha

Jordan Chlan, Son of Tom & Patti Chlan

Sam Kjos, Son of Michael & Ann Kjos

Curtis Lemaire, Son of Patrick & MaryAnne Lemaire

Brennen Lewis, Son of Paul & Marina Lewis

Maddaline Miller, Daughter of Dan & Brenda Miller

Allison Shorter, Daughter of Mike & Jane Shorter

Anna Smisek, Daughter of Bob & Laura Smisek


Faith is not knowing what the future holds,

But knowing  Who holds the future.


          Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, …The Father and I are one.” -JN 10:27-30

     Jesus reveals that God is one, but lives in a community of divine persons: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.  Let us faithfully follow him in the church community of his divine love and truth.


Fr. Thomas McCabe

May 27, 2012 – Pentecost Sunday

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May 27, 2012

Pentecost Sunday

 “Peace be with you.

As the Father has sent me, so I send you”

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                     Pentecost concludes the Easter Season, and is called the birthday of the Church because the Apostles go forth to proclaim the Gospel and begin to baptize in the Name of the Lord Jesus, that is to say, in the power that Jesus had given them – the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

     After the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Apostles and disciples experience the risen Lord through his several appearances over a 40 day period.  They are reminded to go to Galilee to experience the Ascension of the Lord, which had been celebrated in the recent past on (Ascension) Thursday, but this Archdiocese and many others now celebrate it on Sunday so as to reach as many of the faithful as possible about this dimension of the Paschal Mystery.

     We read in the Acts of the Apostles that the Apostles and disciples went back to the Upper Room, the Cenacle, where the Apostles had celebrated the Last Supper (The First Mass).  There in Jerusalem, they gathered around Mary, mother of Jesus, and began to pray for 9 (nine) days – the First Novena.  On the 10th day God the Father and God the Son sent the Holy Spirit upon them.

     The Holy Spirit manifested himself first as a sound “like a strong driving wind”.  This imagery hearkens back to the Holy Spirit or breath of God hovering over the waters at the creation of the world.  The Holy Spirit then manifested himself as “tongues of flame“ which parted and came to rest on each one of them.  The Holy Spirit is not only “the Lord, the giver of life” as we pray in the Nicene Creed, but he is also the one who illuminates and sanctifies the Apostles to go and preach boldly the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

     We receive the Holy Spirit at our Baptism, who implants within our soul the spiritual seeds of the divine virtues: faith, hope and love (charity) and imparts the seven divine gifts in order to perfect these three divine virtues as well as the four moral virtues.  We are sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit at Confirmation, which completes our Baptism and draws us deeper into Jesus and his Catholic Church.  The seven divine gifts of the Holy Spirit are: Wisdom, Knowledge, Wonder and Awe, Counsel, Understanding, Fortitude and Reverence.

      Let us pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon our hearts and minds that we would continue to grow in the saving mission of living and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Here is a beautiful invocation to the Holy Spirit: “We beseech You, O God, that the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from You, may enlighten our minds and lead us to all truth, as Your Son promised.”  Amen.

The Peace and Fiery Love of Pentecost,

Fr. Thomas McCabe

May 20, 2012 – The Ascension of the Lord

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 May 20, 2012

7th Sunday of Easter

The Ascension of the Lord

World Communications Day


“Go into the whole world

and proclaim the gospel to every creature.”



      I hope all of you had a wonderful mother’s day weekend!  Thank God for all mothers: biological,  spiritual and those who have adopted, for saying “Yes” to cooperating with God who is the giver and sustainer of each human life.

     It is so amazing to think that God the Almighty Father directly and immediately creates each human  child from the moment of conception in his image and likeness.  That is to say, the child has a human soul, a spiritual soul made for the capacity to receive the love of God and the love of their parents and family of faith.  The Lord God created you and I in his image and likeness in order that we would say “Yes” to his grace and continue to live freely by being faithful to the good that he wants for us.

     Of course, not all women are called to bear children, and there are some who want to, are married, but have not yet received that gift of a baby within them.  Some never will, but some of those will hear and open themselves to God’s call to being adopted parents of children.  The last time I heard there were an estimated 2 million women in theUSAwaiting to adopt a new baby. 

     Some women are saying “Yes” to being spiritual mothers and are entering religious communities to pray for the end to abortion and the conversion of our country so that we can rediscover the providential care of God and the plenitude of his saving grace found fully in Jesus Christ and his Catholic Church.

     Every child is destined for heaven, but we cannot get there on our own power.  Our spiritual soul has been wounded by original sin, and we still have the effects of original sin even after Baptism.  That is why we all need to bear the image of Jesus within our souls be saying “Yes” to God’s divine life given to us and sustained in us by his Holy Word and the Sacraments.  We needHoly MotherChurchwho gives us Jesus in the Seven Sacraments in order to enlighten our darkened minds and strengthen our enfeebled wills.  St. Paul writes in the Letter to the Ephesians: “May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones”…Ephesians 1:18

     We are also made in the image and likeness of our parents such that 23 chromosomes from mom and 23 chromosomes from dad united at conception to make up the developing body of the child who begins to grow immediately.  How?  The cell is alive, that is, it is animated by a spiritual soul, breathed into being by God!  This human soul organizes the body and keeps it growing and replacing cells.  This cell becomes a foot, this cell becomes a hand, this cell becomes an eyeball, this cell becomes the brain stem.  The human soul is like the blue print of a unique, priceless piece of art, a masterpiece created and sustained by God in cooperation with we humans.  Thus, when a person dies, the intellectual soul is separated from the body and it stops growing, it stops organizing and is judged by God in the midst of the community of Saints on how it has responded to grace by growing in love of God by doing his will, or opposing God’s will by sinning. 

     But we love the Lord of life and salvation.  That is why we freely gather together withHoly MotherChurchto respond to Jesus and the Holy Spirit by praising God the Father.  We have freely chosen to follow God and his commandments above all else, in order to love others appropriately and God who is above all else.

     Peace in Christ,

     Fr. Thomas McCabe


May 13, 2012 – 6th Sunday of Easter – Mothers’ Day

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 May 13, 2012

                                                          6th Sunday of Easter

Mother’s Day


“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.”









                                          Anna  Brezina                                                                                                                    Daughter of Tom & Barb Brezina


Alicia Davis

Daughter of Larry & Sara Davis


Mitchell Dooley

Son of Dave & Mary Dooley


Brandon Duban

Son of Dennis & Annie Duban


Quinn Duchene

Daughter of Mark & Theresa Duchene


Marisa Hager

Daughter of Jon & Selena Hager


Kaylee Kubes

Daughter of Joseph & Karen Kubes


Cole Pint

Son of Greg & Marilyn Pint


Tia Pumper

Daughter of Kari Pumper & Robert Henrichs


Tyler Skluzacek

Son of Bruce & Lisa Skluzacek


Blake Skluzacek

Son of Eric & Bobbie Skluzacek


Tyler Sticha

Son of Scott & Theresa Sticha


Jordan Yetzer

Son of Mike & Barb Yetzer


These students received the Sacrament of Confirmation

from Archbishop John C. Nienstedt

on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the Cathedral ofSt. Paul.


     After the Holy Spirit descended as tongues of flames upon those who were praying with Mary in the upper room, we read this in the Acts of the Apostles: “They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.”  This is the first mention of the 4 pillars of the Christian life, of which the Catechism of the Catholic Church is divided: The Apostles Creed, The Ten Commandments and Beatitudes, The Eucharist and other Sacraments, and the Lord’s Prayer.                                                

Congratulations and blessings,
Fr. Thomas McCabe 


May 6, 2012 – 5th Sunday of Easter

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 May 6, 2012

5th Sunday of Easter

“I am the vine, you are the branches.”






To the following children

who are receiving their


Today, Sunday, May 6, 2012

At the 10:00 AM Mass


Connor Antony

Son of Brian & Francine Antony


Robert Bastyr

Son of Jodi Bastyr


Hailey Calliguri

Daughter of James & Marcy Calliguri


Madison Dooley

Daughter of Dave & Mary Dooley


Margaret Flicek

Daughter of Joseph & Melissa Flicek


Ryan Geer

Son of Shannon & Kristen Geer


Macey Hager

Daughter of Jon & Selena Hager


Kylie McWilliams

Daughter of John & Mandy McWilliams


Jordan Meyer

Son of Tad & Nan Meyer


Lily Moravchik

Daughter of Joseph & Christine Moravchik


Reice Narum

Son of Christopher & Michelle Narum


Carter Pavek

Son of Joseph & Sarah Pavek


     Jesus speaks to us in the Gospel of John, “Remain in me, as I remain in you…Whoever remains in me will bear much fruit…”  Let us grow in the fruits of the Holy Spirit: faith, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, self-control, and goodness.
      Jesus inspires the Apostle John to speak to our hearts and minds: “Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them, and the way we know that he remains in us is from the Spirit he gave us.” 1Jn 3:24
Fr. Thomas McCabe


April 29, 2012 – 4th Sunday of Easter

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 April 29, 2012

4th Sunday of Easter

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

“I am the good shepherd. 

A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”


      A boy was on the seashore playing in the sand.  He dug out a pit and began filling it with water from the ocean, but it would seep away almost as soon as he turned his back for more.

     A man observed this boy at play as hewalked along the shore.  He would later be known as one of the greatest saints and brightest minds in the church.  After watching the boy for a time he asked the boy, “What are you trying to do?”  The boy replied, “I am trying to empty the ocean into the pit I have dug.”

     The man was amused and said, “You will never be able to do it because the sea is too vast.”  The boy was undaunted, “Well some men think they can know God, is this as difficult as that?”

    St. Augustinemust have been awed by the reply given by this boy at play.  The story may not be actual, but it does point out the infinite mystery of God and our thirst for him.  And like the boy at play, undaunted by the seeming impossibility of the task,St. Augustinegave his capacious mind to the task of meditating upon the infinite God-the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

     The Holy Trinity is the central mystery of our Christian faith.  God is infinitely powerful and mysterious, and although incomprehensible, God is not unintelligible.  In other words, we can grow in our understanding of God, but never fully comprehend him, because our minds are finite.

     Like thirsty ground, we care called to drink in God continually.  Although we will never be filled on earth, if we persevere in our quest for the truth of God, in heaven we will be supremely happy to know that our minds will never be without the refreshing water of glory and knowledge of God and all his creation.

     How are we able to receive this great gift of knowledge?  By the grace that comes through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.  For we do not naturally possess the power to hold on to thoughts of God, nor live out his call of holiness. Rather, we need his assistance of grace in his sacraments to maintain a living faith.

     Before his conversion, Augustine seemed to be a lonely figure, once brilliant, but unable to quench his thirst for truth.  His early, sinful life is evidence of his drinking from many wells that filled his mind with worldly wisdom, but nothing was good enough, nor was he at peace with himself.

     Finally, Augustine converted to Jesus Christ and his Church.  He found the ancient font of Eternal Truth in the Catholic Church, and the everlasting source of grace in the person of Jesus Christ.  Instead of isolating himself further by drinking from shallow or poisonous wells,St. Augustinedove into the church and entered into Holy Communion by communicating with the Apostles, Saints and faithful disciples.  He realized that God was not isolated, but revealed himself through his Son as God living in community: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

     May the good Lord satisfy our thirst for divine love now and forevermore through our Catholic church community.  May God continue to call men and women to serve him and his people as priests and religious brothers and sisters.


In Christ,

Father Thomas McCabe