Fishing with St. James

May 16, 2021

LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE FAITHFUL FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 2020 Dear Brothers and Sisters, The month of May is a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view. For this reason,...  continue reading

May 9, 2021

On April 30, 2021 in Rome at 12:00 noon, (5:00 AM Central Time), the Vatican announced the appointment of Fr. James R. Golka as the next Bishop of the Diocese of Colorado Springs. You can watch a YouTube video of the press conference on the Diocese of Colorado Springs website at or on the website of the Diocese of Grand Island. This is good news for the Church in the Diocese of Colorado Springs. Our diocese is giving them a great priest, and he will be greatly missed here....  continue reading

May 2, 2021

Last Sunday we heard Jesus describe himself by saying, “I AM the Good Shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” This Sunday we hear Jesus say, “I AM the true vine and my Father is the vine grower.” These are two of the seven "I AM" statements in John’s Gospel. Each one represents the manner in which Jesus is training his disciples to live according to the way he lives and teaches. Here are the seven "I AM" Statements of...  continue reading

April 25, 2021

  Fishing with St. James Bishop Hanefeldt, Archbishop Lucas, and Bishop Conley decided to restore the Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation through-out the state on the weekend of Pentecost Sunday, May 22-23,2021. Bishop Hanefeldt also acknowledges that there are some “who may be excused from the obligation to attend Mass due to advanced age, sickness, disability or some other serious reason.” A copy of Bishop Hanefeldt’s letter is in the Gathering Space and is on...  continue reading

April 18, 2021

Bishop Hanefeldt, Archbishop Lucas, and Bishop Conley decided to restore the Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation through-out the state on the weekend of Pentecost Sunday, May 22-23, 2021. A letter that more fully explains the restoration of the Mass obligation can be found in the Gathering Space and is posted on the diocesan website Here are the last three paragraphs from Bishop Hanefeldt’s letter. “This obligation extends to all baptized Catholics who are...  continue reading

April 11, 2021

To The Paschal Mysteries of St. James In today’s Gospel, we hear St. Thomas saying “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into nail-marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” After the Lord invites him to touch his wounds and to believe, Thomas responds “My Lord and my God!” This is a model for our own spiritual journey from doubt to faith. We symbolize this at the Easter vigil when we take the beautiful Easter...  continue reading

April 4, 2021

To The Paschal Mysteries of St. James No matter what the circumstance, the everyday and eternal constant in our lives is the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We are always and in all ways a people of faith, hope and love! May God continue to answer our prayers for the gifts of strength and fortitude that we may emerge from this challenging time renewed and transformed for the better.   We know the early Christian community endured many hardships and...  continue reading

March 28, 2021

In a sermon for Passion Sunday, Saint Andrew of Crete preached this: “Let us go together to meet Christ on the Mount of Olives. Let us run to accompany him as he hastens toward his passion, and imitate those who met him then, not by covering his path with garments, olive branches or palms, but by doing all we can to prostrate ourselves before him by being humble and by trying to live as he would wish. Then we shall be able to receive the Word at his coming, and God, whom no limits can...  continue reading

March 21, 2021

One year ago this weekend, I vividly remember coming to pray in an empty church building on Sunday morning. On March 17, 2020 Bishop Hanefeldt wrote to our diocese with the “Latest Coronavirus Measures for the Diocese of Grand Island, suspending public services until further notice.” This lasted until the Feast of Pentecost on May 30-31, 2020. During that time, even though the “church building” was mostly empty, we were able to attend to our spiritual communion. I...  continue reading

March 14, 2021

One year ago, on this weekend during Lent 2020, was the last time we had a public gathering for a weekend Mass in the church until the Feast of Pentecost on May 30-31, 2020. We spent eleven weeks nurturing our faith in our homes as “domestic churches.” During that time, we learned to “live stream” and record Masses, make better use of our social media communication, and participate in virtual meetings and classes. Even as the virus caused us to maintain physical...  continue reading


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