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Posted on: February 23, 2019

Lent is Coming Soon

Lent is fast approaching with Ash Wednesday being just a week from this Wednesday! It’s always good to plan ahead and to have a sense of what your spiritual practices will be for this Lenten season. In these last ten days before this great season of repentance begins, please take a moment and decide what you will do to strengthen your spiritual life during the 40 days of Lent.

Posted on: February 19, 2019

Pray for the Bishops Gathering in Rome

Next weekend bishops from around the world will gather in Rome from February 21-24 to address the clergy sexual abuse crisis. It is expected that this first such gathering will not focus on policies, but rather, general guidelines and governing principals that bishops will then take home to implement with specific policies on a country by country basis. One hope is that this meeting will proclaim on a global basis that there is a new day in church governance and that sexual abuse will not be tolerated on any level in any country in the world. This has been a terrible scar on the Church for far too long, and far too many children have had their lives totally destroyed, or severely damaged by the sin of clergy sexual abuse. Please pray for the bishops as they gather. May this meeting be one step in the purification of the Church from this great evil. May all children be protected from anyone who would harm them, especially leaders of the Church, or any members of the Church. May the Holy Spirit lead the bishops as they gather. May the prayers of the Blessed mother assist them as they gather. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Pray for us.

Posted on: January 31, 2019

Feast of St. Blaise

Feast of St. Blaise Blessing


February 3rd is the Feast of St. Blaise. He was a bishop, physician,
and martyr from the 4th century in Turkey and he is famously
noted for saving the life of a boy by his prayers. A distraught mother approached St. Blaise and begged for his prayers to remove a fish bone that was caught in her only son’s throat. Through his
prayers the boy miraculously recovered and prayers
have been made ever since to him asking for healing
from any ailments of the throat. The blessing prayer
below is used when holding two candles in the form
of a cross up the throat as the priest prays;
Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and
martyr, may Almighty God deliver you from every
disease of the throat and every other illness in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Spirit. Amen.
Because his feast day is on a Sunday this year, we do
not celebrate the Mass for him as we would on a
weekday, but if anyone would like to receive this
blessing, I will offer it after the 10:30 a.m. Mass in Chaska. 

Father Deziel