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!

Feast of the Holy Family

Dear Friends, Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the sixth day in the Octave of Christmas. On this day, by the graces of Jesus and the prayers of Mary and Joseph, may all our families experience the deep, abiding love and blessings of God flowing through them to one another and from your own homes into the lives of all others. Every year, I am awed at the tremendous kindness and generosity of so many of you to the priests. Your Christmas card greetings, gifts, cookies, and other special goodies overflow. We, all of us, are deeply grateful for your kindnesses and remembrance of us at Christmas time, and throughout the year. You are most kind, thoug

Merry Christmas!

Dear Friends, With this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we draw upon, within two days, the solemn feast of the Birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior! This pivotal event is the fulcrum of all human history. It is the definitive change in human history’s trajectory. God has come down to us in Jesus Christ and nothing in this world will ever be the same again. This does not mean that we live in paradise, that there is no suffering, that all pain is gone in this world. It means that all of this is now redemptive, if we join these experiences and ourselves to Jesus Christ. Like Mary, who heard Elizabeth say, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfill

Third Sunday of Advent

Dear Friends, Here we are at the Third Sunday of Advent! We hear in our second reading, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” In a special way, this year, we turn to the Lord with fervent prayer and petition for the renewal and purification of our Church, for the healing of victims and their families, for an increase in the practice of virtue in accord with God’s divine plan. The birth of Jesus Christ is God’s definitive revelation of Himself and His ultimate plan to bring us to Himself

So Much for Which to be Grateful

Dear Friends, What a wonderful evening that we had on Wednesday, November 28 as we had our first Tree lighting and blessing. Thanks to our parish staff for initiating this event and for seeing it through to completion. Many hands helped to make it a joyful celebration ~ thanks to our many bakers for delicious Christmas cookies, our youth group serving the hot chocolate, setting up and cleaning up, our tree decorators (quite a feat), our chorale who led the singing. Most of all thanks to all the people who came out on a very cold and very windy night to join together as a parish family to begin our preparation to welcome anew our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Light of the world. As you pass

Teach Us Your Paths

Dear Friends, We begin this weekend another Liturgical Year on this First Sunday of Advent. In our Responsorial Psalm for this Sunday, we pray, “Your ways, O LORD, make known to me; teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior, and for you I wait all the day.” Worthy sentiments any time of the year but most notable for the beginning of Advent. Advent is a time of expectant waiting, of longing for God who has come to us at Bethlehem and who will return at the end of time. Of course, He continues to come to us now in the mystery of His Sacraments, especially in Communion and Confession. I wish to point out the final part of that quote for our reflecti

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