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Parish Blog

Praying with Padre Pio

Posted by Father James Reutter

May 27, 2018

I was recently looking up some quotes from “Padre Pio,” the famous Italian Capuchin Franciscan friar who died in 1968.  This was because one of the parishioners I buried was especially devoted to him.  Ever since I visited his shrine in Italy four years ago when ... Read More »

Pentecost

Posted by Father James Reutter

May 20, 2018

I have always been interested in how our tradition of great religious art compliments and completes our understanding from the Scriptures.  This great feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit fanned the flames of faith into the Church after Jesus ascended into Heaven, is a great ... Read More »

Mary's Month

Posted by Father James Reutter

May 6, 2018

Now that we are in the first Sunday of May, our thoughts turn to the important role that Mary, the Mother of God, plays in our lives of faith. One of the things that is striking is how many different sides or aspects we see to ... Read More »

Lessons I learned from surgery

Posted by Father James Reutter

April 29, 2018

As of this writing, I am less than three weeks away from the time I hope to be able to get my arm out of a sling.  Since my ligaments have been a little weak for many years, they eventually got to the point where they ... Read More »

Shepherds, Priestly Vocations, First Communion, and YOU

Posted by Father James Reutter

April 22, 2018

There is a lot going on this week for me in preparation for next weekend.  This Saturday, I will be concelebrating the ordination Mass for the Cincinnati seminarians who are becoming deacons.  Every priest is ordained a deacon first, as one of the last major steps ... Read More »

Seminarian Andrew Reckers’ Reflection on This Week’s Gospel

Posted by Randi Hom

April 15, 2018

While Fr. Reutter is recovering from surgery on his shoulder this week, I am writing in his place as a guest columnist.  My prayers for this article are not only that you may gain some spiritual benefit from my efforts, but also that Fr. Reutter recovers ... Read More »

The Drama of Christ's Divine Mercy

Posted by Father James Reutter

April 8, 2018

As we continue to celebrate this 8th and last day of the Easter Octave (the continuous celebration of the glorious feast of the Resurrection of the Lord), we should stand in awe of this, the central mystery of our Christian faith.  Without the Resurrection we would ... Read More »

Holy Week through the eyes of St. John the Beloved

Posted by Father James Reutter

March 25, 2018

As we enter into this holiest of weeks, the scope, depth and the power of the mysteries we celebrate is overwhelming:  Packed into this one week is the celebration of the institution of the holy priesthood and with it, the Mass, the high point of our ... Read More »

Devotion to St. Joseph

Posted by Father James Reutter

March 18, 2018

Tomorrow, March 19th, marks the solemn feast of St. Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  This feast is always a welcome break in the Lenten season of penance and fasting, because, by longstanding tradition, the Church allows us (if we want) to suspend our ... Read More »

Pillars of Lent: Fasting

Posted by Father James Reutter

March 11, 2018

[Part III of a three-part series]. 

I am finishing my series today on the three pillars of making a good Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving with the middle one of the three.  This is perhaps the most neglected of the three in recent times.  But also ... Read More »