FENNIMORE -- Members of St. Mary Parish here filled the church Aug. 8 for a Mass marking the eighth anniversary of the parish's Chapel of Perpetual Adoration.
Bishop Robert C. Morlino presided at the Mass.
"My warm congratulations and gratitude to you on behalf of the whole church as we observe eight years of Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist," said Bishop Morlino. "What a wonderful gift the Lord has given to your parish family and what a wonderful gift you are."
Trust the Lord
The church has long called Abraham our father in the faith, said Bishop Morlino during his homily. Not in good health, Abraham was called by God to leave his native land. "So he was asked to leave his native land without knowing where he was going and he was as good as dead," said the bishop. "Why did he go? He trusted the Lord to fulfill his promise."
The second reason was because he had hopes of a better homeland in heaven - he knew what his final destiny was, he said. "That's why he's our father in the faith."
We can look at our own lives and say we don't know where we're going, or we can look at the church, which has fallen on tough times with scandal and the shortage of priests, he said. "In some ways, we're as good as dead."
The world is supposed to look saved because of Christ's work in us, but with issues such as abortion and euthanasia, the world looks as though the church is as good as dead, said the bishop.
"We've got to capture our direction, our energy, our health as church. We can do that the way Abraham did: Trust the Lord to fulfill his promise," he said. "Even if we don't know where we're going in this world, we know we'll reach heaven and so we're full of hope." Full story ...
Glen Haven parish: Celebrates 100 years of faith
GLEN HAVEN -- "We are here today to celebrate 100 years of faith in this beautiful church in this scenic place."
So began Bishop Robert C. Morlino in his homily at St. Mary Help of Christians Parish here recently.
"However, we now must look forward to the next 100," continued Bishop Morlino.
We need priests
"We need to keep our community, our parish, but in order to do so we need priests: priests to come from here."
He asked, "Where do priests come from? They come from good families, but in the world today there is a shortage of good families.
"We have to build up good families, have to make the home a holy place. We do not hear that couples have a holy marriage. From a holy marriage will come forth priests." Full story ...