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Fr. LeRoy Scheierl
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Week of May 3rd, 2020

World Day of Prayer for Vocations This Sunday (May 3rd) is a day set aside for praying for vocations. I think the first Sunday of May is an auspicious (favorable) time for praying for vocations, as May is also a month dedicated to Mary. Mary is the mother of Jesus and, by extension, the mother of all vocations. Since we have a vocation and are called to share in the divine life of Jesus, we participate with him in honoring Mary his mother, our mother. This is true for all vocations, but also in a particular way for the priesthood. “In the ecclesial service of the ordained minister, it is Christ himself who is present to his Church as Head of his Body, Shepherd of his flock, high priest o

Week of April 26th, 2020

This weekend we heard the wonderful Story of Emmaus. (Lk. 24,13-35) Two disciples were making their way to their hometown in Emmaus when the risen Lord appears to them, discussing with them the events that occurred on that first Good Friday. Jesus explains to them the Scriptures and how they had to be fulfilled in the Son of God who would suffer and die on the cross for our sins. While Jesus was in conversation with them, these two disciples failed to recognize him! It was only when they invited this “stranger” into their house that they recognized the Risen Lord in the “Breaking of the Bread.” As Catholics we should know that the Eucharist (or Mass) we celebrate really takes its inspir

Week of April 19th, 2020

Divine Mercy Sunday The mystery of God’s mercy is indeed profound and worthy of contemplation. It is good for us to set time aside on our calendar and focus especially on that mystery and what it means for us. In particular, I think it is helpful to remember that Christ died for us while we were still sinners (cf. Rom 5:8). He took upon himself our sins, and his death is the means by which those sins are wiped away. Usually, we go to the sacrament of Reconciliation during the Lenten season (though this year that prospect has been somewhat more challenging). By this sacrament our sins are forgiven and we prepare ourselves to celebrate Easter with a heart that is made clean so that no stai

Week of April 12, 2020

On behalf of Fr. Timothy, our ACC parish staffs, and myself, I would like to wish you all a very “Happy and Blessed Easter!” May the Lord help you experience the freedom and joy of his new and risen life! Although we are currently living in unusual circumstances with social distancing and restrictions and are not able to celebrate this great holiday as a People of God within a church, my hope is that you and your families at home will truly celebrate this wonderful holiday with prayer, a shared meal, and renewed spirit with those whom you love. Although there is a lot of talk of “social distancing” these days, it’s good to know that Jesus, our Savior, is not “social distancing” himself fr

Week of April 5, 2020

Spiritual Communion With public Masses being suspended in the diocese, you may have heard the instruction to still make a “Spiritual Communion” especially on Sundays and other Holy Days. The term “spiritual Communion” is used to distinguish it from “sacramental Communion” – which is physically receiving the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist. When we cannot receive physically, we should still desire to receive spiritually. There are many reasons that a Catholic might not be able to receive sacramental Communion. The most common reasons are non-Catholic Christians, Catholic who are aware of serious, unconfessed sin, the absence of a priest in an area, or those home bound or concerne