Welcome to the Blog of Monsignor Michael T. McCulken, our Pastor. 
These posts are mainly comprised of weekly bulletin messages from Monsignor. 
God Bless You!

Our Blessed Parish

Dear Friends, This column is being written before Christmas due to the printer’s deadlines, which is certainly understandable due to the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. As I write, I seem these days to be a bit more focused on, or at least more conscious of, the deeper meaning and reality of our impending Christmas celebrations. And that’s a wonderful thing in the busyness of this time. I am most grateful to the Lord. We priests have been helping at many Penance Services and Confession Services near and far. It has been a truly uplifting experience. In fact, several of us have commented on the increased number of confessions this year. We had 10 priests hearing confessions in our

Merry Christmas

Dear Friends, Happy Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve!! This begins a marathon of sorts here at Church as we almost simultaneously close out Advent and celebrate the Birth of our Savior, rejoicing in the gift of redemption. Christmas is always such a very special and blessed time of year. I’ve been listening to Pandora (via the internet) while working at my desk. They have a Christmas Traditional Radio broadcast that is exceptionally nice. Although there are periodic commercials, the music is not commercial but… well, traditional. It has been a nice addition to preparing for Christmas as music lifts up the soul. Christmas allows us to focus on the many blessings poured out

Special Time of Year

Dear Friends, Happy Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve!! This begins a marathon of sorts here at Church as we almost simultaneously close out Advent and celebrate the Birth of our Savior, rejoicing in the gift of redemption. Christmas is always such a very special and blessed time of year. I’ve been listening to Pandora (via the internet) while working at my desk. They have a Christmas Traditional Radio broadcast that is exceptionally nice. Although there are periodic commercials, the music is not commercial but… well, traditional. It has been a nice addition to preparing for Christmas as music lifts up the soul. Christmas allows us to focus on the many blessings poured out on u

Rejoice Always

Dear Friends, Christmas is just around the corner, literally. So, in the midst of so much “hustle and bustle” it is important for us to listen to Saint Paul as he tells us this weekend, “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances, give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. Refrain from every kind of evil.” Knowing the will of God is essential in life and doing the will of God is most essential to reach our fullest potential, to be all that God has created us to be. May all of us then indeed always rejoice and pray and give thanks, for we are t

Advent Moving Forward

Dear Friends, This year our Advent season is a bit truncated as the Fourth Sunday of Advent falls on December 24. It means that what is always a very busy season will more than likely be even busier for everyone. But let’s keep focused on the very reason why we are in this season. To help us, John the Baptist proclaims, “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” God sent His only Son to be our redeemer. Jesus is fully God and fully man. In Him, divinity and humanity are joined together, married. Jesus came to us as an Infant and shares with us all o

Advent is Here

Dear Friends, We begin this holy season of Advent preparing to recall Jesus’ first coming at Bethlehem, anticipating His final coming at the end of time, and joyfully receiving Him now in Confession, Holy Communion, personal prayer and loving sacrifices for our neighbors, especially those in need. May these short weeks of joyful anticipation be enriched by our remaining focused on Jesus Christ: born in Bethlehem, died on Calvary, risen gloriously and who will return in power. In these frenetic days of preparation, may we take our cue from Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Saint John the Baptist, who announced His coming. There is no purpose, rhyme or reason to our activities and preparations

Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Dear Friends, On this weekend of Thanksgiving, I hope you have recovered from the feasting on turkey and trimmings and survived “Black Friday” and its hoopla. With the holiday season officially underway, we find ourselves celebrating the awesome feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. It has a nice ring to it, but just what are we about here? Saint Paul gives us a clear indication ~ “Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. …For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life…” So all humankind is restored to life in Christ. And, all those who belong to Christ will be handed over to God the Father at th

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