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!

Opportunity for Prayer and Reflection

Dear Friends, Summertime is flying past! Hopefully, we are able to enjoy the many blessings of this season of the year. Looking forward, in just a short six weeks, we will be celebrating our parish feast day ~ the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and our annual Forty Hours Devotions. Mark down the dates ~ September 8, 9, 10. Father Christopher Cooke will be our guest homilist this year. We are excited to be welcoming Father Cooke back home and are looking forward to hearing his inspired preaching. During my years of Seminary formation, the Forty Hours Devotions were a very special moment in the school year. Three days without the pressure of classes, replaced with well-planned and special

Natural Family Planning

Dear Friends, “Love, Naturally!” is this year’s theme for the annual Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, July 21-27. Sponsored by the US Bishops Conference, the week seeks to celebrate God’s design for married love, the gift of life and to raise awareness of Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods. NFP methods are in harmony with Catholic beliefs respecting, “…the God-given power to love a new human life into being” (see U.S. Bishops, Married Love and the Gift of Life). This week also sees the anniversary of Pope Saint Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae, issued on July 25, 1968. This encyclical is a prophetic witness to the meaning and regulation of human life and God’s design for mar

Words of St Paul

Dear Friends, Last weekend in my homily I spoke on the second reading, the short passage from Saint Paul to the Galatians. I was inspired to do so by the reflections of Bishop Barron on the theological impact of Saint Paul’s words in those verses. This week our second reading comes from Paul’s letter to the Colossians. Once again, Saint Paul is speaking most profoundly and intently on the person of Jesus Christ, the reality which is Christianity, the reconciliation of all through the Blood of His Cross. Paul is complex and deep. He compacts much meaning into his writings. This section is believed to be an early Christian hymn used by the Colossians in liturgy and incorporated into Paul’s

Summer is Here!

Dear Friends, There is a saying that I’m sure we have all heard ~ “when you get to the fourth of July, summer is half over.” Why is it that the longer, warmer days of the year seem to fly by so quickly? I pray that all of you will have the opportunity for some rest and relaxation before summer ends and the Labor Day weekend gets here. Our Bible Camp whose theme was “Roar” was very popular and went very well. Thank you to Matt Kirsch and his team of adult and high school age helpers who took such good care of our youngsters and led them through enjoyable activities to a deeper appreciation of God’s love for them. Our second Take the Plunge, program of religious instruction was also very p

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