Courage to Live Your Faith

By Joe LaCombe For the longest time, there was a clear separation between the various aspects of my life. I had work, family, coaching, social activities, a church ministry here and there, and Mass on Sundays. All of it with clear boundaries. I thought everything was under control. But as the stress piled on, largely with work, that stress and …

I Love You Dad

By Joe LaCombe “I love you Dad…” That was what my son said to me the other day at home, just in passing. We tell each other we love each other every day, but it’s usually at times like bedtime, or before we part ways in the morning. But this time, it was different. It was out of the blue, …

Being Intentional This Summer

By Gary VanDeLaarshot I can’t think of anyone I know who doesn’t look forward to spring and summer seasons.  And why not?  We get a break from the winter doldrums and there are so many activities to look forward to. Things like golf, camping, backyard barbeques, fishing, swimming, boating, etc. And let’s not forget the summer vacation, when we get …

Who’s In Control?

By Brian Freyberger Springtime brings with it a lot of change and many opportunities to celebrate transitions. (Even if the weather keeps playing tricks on us, trying to drag us back to winter). For me, it also gives the chance to get out and do some physical labor; preparing flower beds, shoveling mulch, fixing the wire I cut preparing the …

Courage To Listen

By Jeff Hines, Parishioner since 2010 Not that long ago I turned on the television and found myself watching the movie Jerry Maguire. Great movie. I’ve seen it several times, but one scene came up that really grabbed ahold of me. Dorothy, Jerry’s love interest in the movie, is trying desperately to explain her feelings about Jerry to her sister. …

Courage to Take the Next Step

By Brian Freyberger, Parishioner since 1997 I was born into and raised in the Catholic faith, although my dad is Lutheran and my mom is Catholic. When they married in 1966, they agreed to 2 things: 1.) any children would be raised Catholic and 2.) Mom would not try to convert dad. They took the step and 51 years of …

Courage to Be the Man I Need to Be

by Joe LaCombe, Parishioner since 2005 It was 3 or 4 years ago. We were having a family dinner. My wife, my son, and my parents were there. The discussion was meandering about as dinner discussions normally do, and we happened to be talking about what my son Joseph would do when he grew up. And so I asked him …