Bulletin Article for the Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time (September 6, 2015)

I am stoked that school is starting. I am looking forward to teaching, eating lunch, and going to recess with the kids at St. Casimir’s. Plus I get to teach the Confirmation kids. On top of that I’m looking forward to watching the kids perform in sports, concerts, plays, etc. So please, someone get me a schedule for such activities for USC and Maple River. And don’t hesitate to invite me to something. I won’t always be able to say yes, but I’ll come if I can.

This weekend we hear Jesus opening the ears of a deaf person. He also cures the man’s speech impediment. Is there someone in your life that needs to be listened to? Is there someone who needs your help expressing their ideas? Parents are somewhat naturally good at this with their children. When their newborn starts to cry in the middle of the night, they are up in a flash to see what is wrong. However, do we readily come to the aid of another peer, someone our own age, or maybe even older? Have we shut someone out? Maybe there is the unpopular kid that walks invisibly through the school. Have you taken the time to listen to what is on his or her mind and heart? I too need listen better and talk less. I too need to better hear the needs of God’s people. This week I will especially pray that I may grow in my ability to listen and hear your needs.

May God bless and keep you,

Father Vogel

Bulletin Article for the Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time (August 30, 2015)

Hello. What beautiful weather we have had recently. Don’t worry, I did get some golf in. I’m getting more and more settled. Some things just take time. One big step will happen next weekend (September 5-6). Bishop Quinn is going to be at all three Masses to officially install me as the pastor of St. John the Baptist, St. Casimir, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel. After this weekend, we’re stuck with each other. Until the Bishop says otherwise. I just want to thank you all for being so welcoming. The transition here has been great. Thank you.

With the bishop being here, I want to make one small liturgical clarification. After the Gospel is read, you, the people, sit down while the priest remains standing so that he can give the homily. However, in all actuality, you sit down not after the Gospel is read, but after the priest kisses the book containing the Gospel readings. (As he kisses the book, he says, out loud, but in a soft voice, “Through the words of the Gospel may our sins be wiped away.”) When there is a bishop present and he does not read the Gospel himself, the priest or deacon carries the book over to the bishop for him to kiss. Only after the bishop kisses the book do the people sit down. Thus, next weekend and at Confirmations and other such events where the bishop is present, it is proper to sit down not right after the Gospel is read, but to wait until after the bishop kisses the book. After the bishop kisses the book, then you sit down. Small, but cool rubric of reverence for the Life of Jesus in the Bible and the role of the bishop as the main evangelizer of the diocese.

Also, next weekend, Sunday, September 6, we will welcome Marissa Sharon Obermeyer, daughter of Jerrod and Heather Obermeyer, into the family of God. This will take place outside of Mass at St. Casimir’s. If you see them, congratulate them.

Continue to pray for the success of the school. This is a time of transition and trying new things. Please be supportive with your prayers.

Thanks and God bless,

Father Vogel