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Why Do I Have to Confess My Sins Out Loud to a Priest?

Posted by Father James Reutter

March 4, 2018

Those who have been in the parish for a while know that one of my “running themes” since I arrived at the parish almost 12 years ago is to encourage people to go to confession and try to explain why that is so important. It is ... Read More »

A Seamless Garment?

Posted by Father James Reutter

February 25, 2018

During a recent Angelus address, Our Holy Father Pope Francis was reflecting on the state of those defending innocent life.  Here’s an excerpt:

“This worries me … There aren’t many who fight on behalf of life in a world where, every day, more weapons are made; ... Read More »

Pillars of Lent: Almsgiving

Posted by Father James Reutter

February 18, 2018

[Part II of a three-part series] 

The three-pronged strategy to living the Christian life is Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.  Almsgiving is far more than charity.  It includes the motivation for why we practice this charity.  The Church’s Catechism describes it in the context of the great ... Read More »

Pillars of Lent: Prayer

Posted by Father James Reutter

February 11, 2018

As we begin Lent this week, we have something of an unusual coincidence: Ash Wednesday is also Valentine’s Day, February 14th.  So because of the Ash Wednesday fast, I guess we’ll have to postpone the chocolate candies and Valentine’s dinners.  (The minimal rule is actually age ... Read More »

An Undivided Heart

Posted by Father James Reutter

February 4, 2018

We all know the format of the Sunday Mass: the liturgy of the word has three Scripture readings. To be honest, though, I don’t think anyone really remembers the middle one, sandwiched in between the Old Testament and the Gospel. That’s unfortunate, because it is usually ... Read More »

What makes our school Catholic?

Posted by Father James Reutter

January 28, 2018

This week, all of the parochial schools across the diocese, including Our Lady of Victory’s, will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week. It’s a time for the students to have fun and do things that are a little bit different, but more importantly for the adults in ... Read More »

State of the Pro-Life Struggle - Part 2

Posted by Father James Reutter

January 21, 2018

Tomorrow, January 22nd, marks the 45th anniversary of the tragic U.S. Supreme Court decisions that invented a so-called constitutional “right” to kill innocent child in the womb for essentially any reason. I wrote about the state of the pro-life union last week and this week wanted ... Read More »

State of the Pro-Life Struggle - Part 1

Posted by Father James Reutter

January 14, 2018

On January 22nd of this year, just over a week from today, we will be observing the 45th anniversary of the horrendous U.S. Supreme Court decisions that invented a so-called constitutional “right” to kill an innocent child in the womb for essentially any reason. The result? ... Read More »

Epiphany: God's Promise Revealed and Fulfilled

Posted by Father James Reutter

January 7, 2018

In our American culture, we don’t make a very big deal out of the feast of Epiphany, January 7th. We tend to be influenced by the Protestant culture and its “one and done” celebration of Christmas Day on December 25th, with the temptation to move on ... Read More »

Christmas and the Family

Posted by Father James Reutter

December 21, 2017

Due to a quirk of the calendar (Christmas falling on Monday this year) we have the two “family” holidays of the Christmas season back to back: First, the celebration of the feast of the Holy Family on Sunday, immediately followed by the solemn feast of Mary, ... Read More »