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!

Lent Arrives

Dear Friends, A blessed Lent to one and all! The holy season of prayer, penance and almsgiving is upon us. I hope and pray that all of us will find this time to be a period of renewal with our Lord. The readings this weekend remind us of the Fall of Adam and Eve in the garden and the temptations of Jesus in the desert. Our Scriptures are focusing our attention as to why we need Lent. In his reflection on our readings, Monsignor Joseph Pellegrino writes “At the beginning of Lent we are summoned to take a serious look at the conduct of our lives. Are we committing the original sin of pushing God aside? Is He a low priority in our lives and therefore no priority at all? Lent calls us to

Journey Through Lent with Our Lady

Dear Friends, Our Gospel this weekend is a portion from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. He is very direct, you might say blunt, “…be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” What a tall order. It seems impossible. Is Jesus serious? Actually, He is very serious. He is calling us to live as He did. He suffered, died, rose again in order to save us, to redeem us. His total obedience to the Father’s will is not only a model to imitate but the very means whereby grace is made available to us to live like Him. On our own, we cannot expect to become perfect like the Father. Original sin and our personal sins blind us and hold us back. But surrender to God’s Will and to His grace, esp

Grow in Discipleship

Dear Friends, Right around this time last year I invited our parish family to reflect on your charitable giving and to make-a-plan for 2019. We called it Discipleship and Generosity. Your response was and is heartwarming! You are truly amazing and your generosity overflows in so many ways, supporting our parish needs and so many of our brothers and sisters in need of assistance and help. We know that God is generous beyond all imagining, totally self-giving. Everything we have comes from Him. Every day we have multiple opportunities, almost endless really, to share God’s love with others by generosity. Doing so we are reflecting God to those around us. It is not just talent and time.

Looking to the Future

Dear Friends, With the kick-off of the Catholic Charities Appeal last weekend, Lent is not far behind. Ash Wednesday is February 26. This year we are offering to our parish family a Marian theme for our Lenten journey. Father Michael Shea, CM, Associate Director of the Miraculous Medal Shrine, Germantown, will preach a triduum, 3 days, March 9, 10, 11 (7:00 PM) focused on A Lenten Journey with Our Lady. He will be preaching at all the Masses on the weekend prior to the Triduum. We will also be offering a Marian focus for our other Lenten devotions as well. Stay tune for more information. On Friday (January 31), we were having routine maintenance and service performed on our heaters in

Catholic Charities Appeal 2020

Dear Friends, This Sunday is filled with many items. It is the feast of the Presentation of our Lord, when Mary and Joseph brought the Infant Jesus to the Temple in accord with Jewish law. This day set aside to recognize and to pray for all those men and women who live in consecrated religious life, who give witness to Jesus by living the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. This weekend, we will also bless throats at the end of all the Masses, asking Saint Blaise’s intercession for us. And please remember that in accord with our practice for several years now, there is no 7 pm Mass Sunday night. Ah, and yes there is the Super Bowl to watch. Additionally, this weekend launches the

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