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Fr. LeRoy Scheierl
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Week of April 2, 2017

We are now in the Fifth Week of Lent and are approaching the home stretch, or as I sometimes like to call it. “the seventh inning stretch” before the final innings and the determination of the final outcome of our contest with sin and death. Next Sunday already, begins Holy Week! It’s at this point, that I hope you have been able to keep up with your Lenten promises and observances and so deepen your relationship with God. As often happens, sometimes we fail at this, yet rather than give up, we should be willing to pick up our cross and begin all over again. Remember Jesus also fell, not once, but three times while he carried his cross. And, although it was through physical and spiritua

Week of March 26, 2017

Have you ever read the book: “The Shack” by William Young? The book, printed in 2007 got quite a wide reading at the time. Recently it has been made into a movie, showing at the theater near you! The book and movie is an allegorical story of one man’s journey toward healing and wholeness. “The Shack” is sure to stir up some controversy with its unique portrayal of the Trinity, but this should not overshadow the basic message, which is good. I saw the movie last week. The cinematography is good. The movie does take quite a bit of poetic license apart from the book; the book is always better. The movie is a bit melodramatic and the voices and dialog at times can be a bit too soft (for

Week of March 19, 2017

This weekend we hear the story of the Samaritan Woman at the Well. Our gospel gives us just a partial glimpse into the conversation that took place between Jesus and the woman. I would have liked to have been a little grasshopper in that dry, deserted place to hear everything that transpired between them. No doubt our gospel covers the most important parts, that of invitation, conversation, conversion, and then being sent forth. One of the things I admire most about the Samaritan woman is that once she was touched by Jesus and experienced his “living water” she allowed herself to be transformed from being a sort of outcast in her own village to becoming a true disciple of our Lord. When

Week of March 12, 2017

“Mary, Undoer of Knots…” “Pray for us!” You know the first time I heard these words I thought it was a joke! I thought that someone was making up this sort of prayer or petition to our Blessed Mother to fit their particularly difficult situation. Truth is, I found out later that the title of “Mary, Undoer of Knots” and this devotion is real and has a long-standing tradition within our Catholic Christian Church! Not only that, this is Pope Francis’ favorite devotion to Mary! Just when you think you’ve heard it all, there is always something new to learn in our wonderful faith. Actually this devotion of Mary is the fastest growing devotion currently in our world. “Mary, Undoer of Knot

Week of March 5, 2017

I have a teenage nephew named, Alek, who is a typical, quirky 15-year-old with his own brand and sense of humor of which his parents don’t often appreciate. I however, do get his humor and wit and find him quite amusing at times. Often, whenever I go visit my brother and sister-in-law’s, there is Alek begging me to play a game of chess. I used to play ever so little when I was young, but I have definitely forgotten all the tricks. With each game piece on the board moving differently, at my age, it all too confusing for me now! Alek is no dummy! He is a great one for details and the game of chess is right up his alley. He usually has me in “check-mate” in as little as 5-7 moves! Ca