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February 14, 2020

Homily by Deacon Harry Evans The feeding of the multitudes is the only miracle of Jesus that is recounted in all four gospels. In the books of Matthew and Mark it is reported twice. Of course the details are different each time… The number of people fed, the initial number of fishes and loaves and the [...]


Knightly News

All parishioners are welcome to a  special meeting in the Parish Center at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 12 to discuss “Cross Catholic Outreach”, Youth and Hunger initiative.  The K of C needs many volunteers for a food packing event for the hungry locally and abroad. This is an opportunity to show our children what the [...]


2020 Winter Gala “Winter Wonderland”

St. Francis de Sales School will be having our annual Winter Gala on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Glade Springs Resort. Our theme is “Winter Wonderland.”  There will be dancing, dinner stations, pay to play games of chance as well as cash sweepstakes.  Doors open at 6:30 PM.  Tickets are available at the school for [...]


January 30, 2020

Homily by Deacon Jay Ziolkowski "Unless you change and become like little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven" Matt: 18:3 Today we celebrate the feast of St. John Bosco, who was born in 1815 into a very poor family in Becchia (Italy).  John had 2 older brothers, and the Bosco family were farm [...]


Blessing of Throats

An ancient custom—the Blessing of Throats will be available after all Sunday Masses.  It is usually offered on the Feast of St. Blaise on February 3rd.  It is a prayer for healing.


Reason for Optimism for LIFE

Following South Dakota's enactment of the most pro-life law in America, Roe v. Wade may well be revisited in the not too distant future. As a result, USA Today recently published an article (based largely on data from the pro-abortion group, the Alan Guttmacher Institute) which predicts what would be likely to happen if Roe [...]


Parish Health Ministry

Heart Disease Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people [...]


January 26, 2020

Homily by Father Paul A Peanuts cartoon showed Peppermint Patty talking to Charlie Brown in which she said, “Guess what, Chuck? The first day of school, and I got sent to the principal’s office. It was your fault, Chuck.” Charlie Brown responds, “My fault? How could it be my fault? Why do you say everything is [...]


January 19, 2020

Homily by Father Paul A man spent most of the summer afternoon pestering his three sons to help him set up the tent and organize their camp at the state park.  He was angry and frustrated and kept muttering to himself, “Relax I’m on vacation. Relax. ‘Go camping. It’ll be fun!’ they said. ”  A [...]