5 Reasons for Getting to Know Your Parish Family

5 Reasons for Getting to Know Your Parish Family

Our parish is supposed to be our home, right? And yet, how many of us attend Mass every week, or even daily, and have no idea what the names are of those in the pews around us?  How many of us have no personal relationship with our fellow parishioners, let alone the...
Being Catholic Dad Begins with Giving Thanks

Being Catholic Dad Begins with Giving Thanks

We all yell at our kids from time to time.  And don’t look at me like that.  How else was I supposed to react when I discovered that my six year-old son, the would-be engineer, had dismantled the drain plug in the tub and I had to attempt to reassemble it in front of...
The Rich Young Man and Different “Tines” of Things

The Rich Young Man and Different “Tines” of Things

Things you never imagined yourself saying before you had kids #374:  “Don’t eat off the same fork you use to comb your hair!” That unanticipated statement came one morning when the kids were at the table eating their breakfast and I was bustling back and forth between...
Why We Bring the Baby to Church

Why We Bring the Baby to Church

At our current duty station, we know very few Catholics with little kids. We’ve been to a couple different parishes and the parishes here reflect the unfortunate state of the town: dying. When the government closed the base in the 1990s and the steel plant left,...
I’m Sorry.  I Think I Judged You

I’m Sorry. I Think I Judged You

            I grew up in a large family.  In November of 1977, I became the fourteenth child born to my parents.  Three minutes later my twin sister came along.  Three years later saw the birth of our youngest sibling, my sister Bridget. It’s hard describing what that...