The Young Adults at Saint Mark Group hosts monthly Theology on Tap meetups. The aim of their “Why Catholic: Personal Professions of Faith” series is to give young adults (21 and up) at Saint Mark’s the opportunity to explore the diversity and richness of relationships with God. Through this local examination, they hope to see…

This morning at Mass, Fr. Pat said, “We are at the end of times.” He wasn’t being alarmist, he was simply speaking the truth — a reality that is proved on a daily basis. Yesterday morning, in Normandy, France, an 84 year-old priest was murdered while saying Mass. Pere’ Jacques Hamel was martyred for his…

Do you Know the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy? Feed the hungry. Give drink to the thirsty. Welcome the stranger. Clothe the naked. Care for the sick. Visit the imprisoned. Bury the dead. Many in our parish are sick and homebound: The elderly who are no longer able to come to the church; Those in hospice…

Going to work with dad

You might remember “Take Your Child to Work Day” from your childhood. The idea, I suppose, was both to build up the relationship between children and working parents and introduce children to different careers. It’s a good idea, but what about “Take Your Father to Work Day”? God, the Father, that is. For far too many,…

Emergency request for blood donors Right now, the American Red Cross has a significant blood shortage and is issuing an emergency request for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve now and help save lives. With less than a five-day blood supply on hand, your blood drive is…

I grew up in Iowa, and the place has always had a special place in my heart. I had the pleasure recently to return to Iowa, with my wife, for an Abbe family gathering… a pleasure my wife and I hadn’t had in seven years. Returning to my “native land”, with the rolling hills planted…