Messages From Fr. Larry

December 9, 2018

Many have asked how our interim Mass schedule was developed (usually, in the context of asking “why couldn’t my parish keep this Mass or have that Mass time?”).  I thought I’d share with you the thoughts that went into the development of our weekend Mass schedule. As we prepared for October, the current clergy team (myself, Fr. Mohler, and Fr. Vince) met with Fr. John, Fr. Al, and Fr. Ken, in order to hear their recommendations for the schedule.  Here were the considerations and recommendations we discussed: • Based on our current Mass attendance and our anticipated future clergy resources, our grouping could handle ...
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December 2, 2018

Anointing is also one of the sacraments that can be received more than once. However, whereas the Eucharist can be received daily, the sacrament of Anointing is normally received much less frequently. The Church instructs us that the anointing of the sick is given to a Catholic who “begins to be in danger due to sickness or old age” and “can be repeated if the sick person, having recovered, again becomes gravely ill or if the condition becomes more grave” (CIC, c.1004). In our parishes, we had become accustomed to the practice of anointing being administered following our weekend Masses. With ...
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November 25, 2018

You’ve heard of ‘Black Friday’, right? The day after Thanksgiving? Big sales? The day of the year when retailers expect to make enough sales in order to “go into the black” for the year? What about ‘Cyber Monday’? That’s a newer one - it’s the day that on-line retailers offer big discounts, hoping to insert themselves into the holiday sales frenzy. Here’s one for you, though: have you ever heard of Giving Tuesday? It’s the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (this year, it falls on November 27). ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’ kick off the holiday buying season, but ‘Giving Tuesday’ kicks off the holiday giving ...
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November 18, 2018

Every year, we gather with friends and loved ones and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Whether it’s a meal, the football games, or shopping that is the focus of our celebration, we gather and celebrate in a way that’s meaningful to us. As Thanksgiving approaches, do you mind if I offer a challenge for us all? This year, focus in on the people in your life, rather than on the activity. Instead of talking to Aunt Betty about her awesome pumpkin pie, spend time asking how she’s doing and what’s new in her life! Instead of focusing on the football game, ask your buddies how ...
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November 11, 2018

Ninety-nine years ago this weekend, the first celebration of “Veterans Day” took place. (Back then, it was called “Armistice Day.”) It was instituted so that we might have the opportunity to pay tribute to those veterans of military service who served their country in the “Great War” – World War I. These days, we honor all those who have served in our military, whether at home or abroad, in war and in peacetime. Sometimes, though, we forget the service – and the hardship – that families of veterans face. Long separations from loved ones, anxiety over safety, financial hardships faced in the absence of ...
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November 4, 2018

This week, we tried out our interim holy day schedule for the first time, for All Saints day. I just wanted to spend a little time explaining what some of the thoughts were behind the holyday schedule. Our daily schedules always attempt to allow us to have the ability to celebrate one or more funeral Masses. With this in mind, our holy day schedule attempts to allow us to celebrate two Vigil Masses, two holy day Masses, and also keep the normally scheduled Mass of the day. (In that way, Fr. Mohler or I would still be able to schedule a funeral if necessary.) We ...
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October 28, 2018

Whew! Our first weekend of the On Mission for the Church Alive! implementation is in the books! And, by and large, it was very successful! As we observed the events of the weekend, we noticed a few things, and we’ll be taking steps over the next few weeks to address some of the issues we observed. Parking at the 10:00 AM Mass at St. Maurice and the 11:00 AM Mass at Sacred Heart was pretty hectic. We’re going to need to find ways to provide parking and access for those who have mobility concerns. (Please be patient as we think through the issues and ...
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October 21, 2018

After years of planning and months of anticipation, the implementation of On Mission for the Church Alive! has begun! I’m really excited to be here, “back home” as it were, and ministering in our communities! As we get to know one another, we’ll have the opportunity to talk about what the upcoming months and years might have in store for us. At this point, however, I think it’s important to share an understanding and set an expectation for the near future: over the next 12 months, I’m going to try, as much as possible, not to make changes in our ...
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