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!

Forty Hours

Dear Friends, Here we are at the end of August with Labor Day weekend just around the corner. School will be reopening and Fall activities are looking to start up even if in a new and different way than in the past. Our parish family is preparing for our annual Forty Hours Devotions, September 13 – 15, and the re-initiation of Adoration two days weekly beginning September 16 & 17. We are happy that we will be celebrating Forty Hours. Our devotion to Jesus, who is truly and fully present ~ Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Eucharist, is our lifeline in the storms and confusion of this world. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in Church at the end of the Noon Mass, Sund

Best Is Yet To Come

Dear Friends, In our Gospel, Jesus asks the question, the perennial and only question of everlasting consequence up and down the ages of history, “But who do you say that I am?” That question is posed to you and me just as surely as it was to the Apostles. How do we answer Jesus? Consider the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, “Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary.” In the midst of the pandemic storm that we are enduring, we may be feeling a sense of powerlessness. We have seen so m

Prayer Vigil

Dear Friends, Due to summer bulletin deadlines, I am writing this column way in advance. My column last weekend touched on a call to action, an opportunity for our men to gather with me and to examine authentic Catholic masculinity. There is a huge breach or hole within our Church and within our society as described by Bishop Olmsted in his Apostolic Exhortation, Into the Breach. Our culture and society offer confusing, mixed messages and even assaults on true masculinity. Men are made for greatness, holiness, goodness, heroic virtue, courage and strength in imitation of Jesus Christ. Our Into the Breach gatherings will focus on 12 topics ~ Masculinity, Brotherhood, Leadership, Fatherhood

Catholic Masculinity

Dear Friends, I just began reading the Apostolic Exhortation, Into the Breach, by Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Diocese of Phoenix, AZ. It was published in 2015 and I have heard many very positive comments about it. I recently purchased a copy of a Manual for Men from Tan Books which includes the exhortation as well as other resources from the teachings of the Church, writings of the saints and prayers for men. Although I literally just started reading the exhortation, it is an impressive writing and a call to action for all Catholic men. Additionally, I became aware of and began looking into the efforts of the Knights of Columbus who have produced a video series based on Bishop Olmsted’s Into t

Love Drives Out Hate

Dear Friends, Once again, I offer heartfelt thanks to all those who participated in the video well wishes, the drive-by car parade, the on-line well wishes, sent cards, gifts, goodies and of course the Italian home cooked dinner to celebrate my decade changing birthday last weekend. It was a truly enjoyable and remarkable day and celebration. May God bless and reward all of you for such kindness! I am truly grateful and touched very deeply. We have moved into August and it seems that the summer calendar is picking up steam. There are lots of preparations underway for the start of school and on the parish side, thinking about what it will be like in the Fall for Masses, Sacraments, parish

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