2011: The Gospel of Matthew

Matthew is the focus in 2011. The First Sunday of Advent begins the new Church year and a new cycle of Sunday scripture readings.  In 2011 the Church reads from Matthew’s gospel, the second gospel written.   Matthew writes about AD 85 for Gentiles, seekers like the magi, who believe in Jesus and his new law as a resultContinue reading “2011: The Gospel of Matthew”

Simple Things to Know About the Gospels

Many people feel they don’t have enough knowledge of the bible to lead teen or adult faith-sharing groups. But Jesus teaches in stories, parables, and saying that almost all of us can understand. In fact, an ability to remember and narrate events develops in children as they start school. “And then, and then, and then,”Continue reading “Simple Things to Know About the Gospels”

St. Donatus Centennial Reflection, July 10, 2011

 St. Donatus Catholic Church in Brooten celebrated its Centennial  on July 10th. Sister Joan Mitchell delivered this gospel reflection. Since Einer Jensen didn’t recognize me with grey hair last Sunday, I’ll introduce myself: Joan Mitchell, a Sister of St. Joseph.  In the litany we sang and prayed we have placed ourselves in the company of generations ofContinue reading “St. Donatus Centennial Reflection, July 10, 2011”

Fourth of July Blessing

from Blessing Rites for Christian Lives by Shawn Madigan, CSJ “The Lord loves Justice and will not forsake a faithful people” (Psalm 37:28) Holidays celebrating the liberty and justice for all that our nation claims are a good time to renew efforts to make that dream come true.  A table can have the usual colorsContinue reading “Fourth of July Blessing”