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!

Happy 4th!

Dear Friends, Saint Paul tells us this weekend, “Brothers and sisters: For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.” Particularly poignant words for us this weekend as we prepare to celebrate our Nation’s birthday, Independence Day, the fourth of July. I guess in many ways the outdoor festivities of parades, grilling and partying along with nighttime fireworks overshadow the reality of July 4, 1776. It’s important I think that we re-visit the words of that Declaration of Independence which are rooted in a belief in God and in the God-given rights of us all. “…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they

Corpus Christi

Dear Friends, Our newly ordained priest, Father Alessandro Giardini, arrived last Sunday in the late afternoon. He helped with Communion at the 7 pm Mass and was able to greet some of our parish family afterwards. As I write this, he is busy unpacking and organizing things. His enthusiasm is contagious and he is ready to jump right into parish life here in Collegeville. We welcome him warmly and very much look forward to his priestly ministry among us! The final Mass for our Holy Cross Regional school students was very uplifting. Everyone had smiles on their faces. It was difficult to tell if the teachers or the students had the larger smiles. It was nice to see so many parents attend

Pentecost

Dear Friends, Pentecost! All together in one place! Strong driving wind! Tongues as of fire! Parting and resting on each of them! Filled with the Holy Spirit! Speaking in different tongues as the Spirit enabled! In the Acts of the Apostles, Saint Luke paints a powerful and dramatic picture of the coming of the Holy Spirit who was promised by Jesus. Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, as the Apostles filled with the divine Holy Spirit are led from hiding in the Upper Room into the public square to give testimony (witness) to the Lord Jesus Christ. And what is the witness that they give? It is Peter who stands up to speak to the gathering crowds. The Gospel message (the witness)

Come Holy Spirit

Dear Friends, We find ourselves in the time between the Ascension of our Lord and Pentecost. It is a novena, nine days of prayer, allowing us to follow the example of the Apostles and Mary in the Upper Room to pray fervently for the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Our prayer is not for the coming of the Holy Spirit who indeed has already come to us in Baptism and Confirmation. Our prayer is for our minds, hearts and souls to recognize, accept and surrender to the Holy Spirit in a more conscious and intentional way. It is the Holy Spirit who reminds us of all that Jesus said and did. It is the Holy Spirit who prompts and inspires us with words and actions to extend God’s Kingdom here on earth.

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