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First Sunday of Advent

Posted by Brenda Collins

First Sunday of Advent December 1, 2019 We all have our routines, our rituals, don’t we?  Waking up at a regular time, our morning rituals, coffee and breakfast and on with whatever it is the day brings.   There are routines at work and school, in our chores and in ... Read More »

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Posted by Brenda Collins

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe November 24, 2019 I was kicking around ideas for the homily for this weekend, the Feast of Christ the King – officially: The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, as I always do in preparation ... Read More »

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 17, 2019

“Come on, it’s not the end of the world!” -  How often have we used those words, trying to help someone put their crisis into perspective?  “It’s not the end of the world.”  When your team loses the game that you ... Read More »

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time November 10, 2019 Have you ever noticed that kids are at their happiest when they are playing out of their imagination?  It’s amazing what they can conjure up in their little minds.  There are no boundaries and little to restrict their world they are creating in ... Read More »

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time November 3, 2019 I was 18-years old, had just graduated from high school, and it was time to declare my independence!  We were in the barn milking cows when I finally built up the courage.  “Dad, I’m going to buy a motorcycle tomorrow.”  There ... Read More »

All Souls Day

Posted by Brenda Collins

All Souls Day November 2, 2019 Before I was ordained a priest, I served my internship as a deacon at St. Bernard Parish in Madison; Bishop George Wirz was the pastor of the parish at that time.  Every afternoon about 4:00 or so you’d find him in the church, ... Read More »

All Saints Day

Posted by Brenda Collins

All Saints Day November 1, 2019 A few weeks ago, at the Vatican, there was the kickoff of exhibits, conferences, prayer vigils and other celebrations focused on the five new saints that were canonized on October 13 by Pope Francis.  Their names now join with literally over 10,000 other ... Read More »

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time October 27, 2019 There are a lot of things about growing old that I am not looking forward to.  But I am looking forward to the age of the “cute ol’ man”, when you can wear striped pants and a plaid shirt at the ... Read More »

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 20, 2019

“Dear God, if you have any pull with Santa Clause, please make sure he reads my letter this year.”  I remember praying that prayer, or some version of it as a kid, kind of my attempt at covering all my bases, ... Read More »

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Brenda Collins

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time October 13, 2019

Sometimes a quick email or a text message will suffice, but when it comes to expressing gratitude, nothing compares with a hand-written, put-a-stamp-on-it, thank you note.  It kind of puts some skin in the game.  I think it’s because true gratitude ... Read More »