Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family (December 27, 2015)

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Bulletin Article for the Feast of the Holy Family (December 27, 2015)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! What a great time of year. Hopefully you had a fabulous day remember Jesus coming into the world. Jesus is the greatest gift of all time. However, I too have a gift for all of you. My gift to you is Formed. If you go to formed.org, it will ask for a code (Call the parish office in Wells to confirm you are a parishioner and then you will receive the code.) and then it have you create a profile. After that, there is videos, books, and more by Father Robert Barron, Ed Sri, Scott Hahn, and more. There are series on Baptism, Marriage, Peter, Mary, on reading the Bible, Youth programs, and much, much more. I am so excited about this. I am planning to use the Marriage and Baptism programs for couples preparing for marriage and for couples wanting to get their child baptized. If you have a son or a daughter who is a young adult and is not attending Mass, you can give them the code and have them watch a video on the Eucharist. This is all available online. You can watch stuff as a family or you could watch it by yourself in bed with your pajamas on. There is a series on the Sunday readings you could watch before coming to Mass. I encourage you to check it out.

Remember that January 1st is a Holy Day of Obligation. January 1st is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Since, Jesus is God, a divine Person, and Mary is His mother, then it is good and right to call her the Mother of God. This does not mean that she existed before Jesus or that she is superior to Jesus. Rather it is a way to recognize the unique and amazing role that Mary played in our salvation.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Father Vogel

P.S. Remember, don’t throw your tree out on December 26th. Christmas lasts until Epiphany, January 6th. However, in America, we will celebrate the Epiphany on the first Sunday after January 1st. This is where the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, comes from.

Bulletin Article for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (December 20, 2015)

Two for the price of one. This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. What a glorious exciting time of year. Hopefully the shopping is done and the plans have been set in stone. The Christmas decorations went up this week in the rectory. So it feels quite festive in here. I’m sticking around for Christmas and New Years. However, my parents are coming for Christmas. They should be at most of the Masses so feel free to introduce yourselves to them.

However, the reason for the season is Jesus Christ. We only have a couple of more days to prepare for celebrating Jesus, God Himself, becoming part of His own creation all so that He could save us from our sins and give us a path to Heaven. In my own spiritual life, my spiritual director has me focusing on the presence and the will of God. As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, focus on the fact that Jesus is present in every situation, good or bad, exciting or frustrating. You may not want to be there and frustrated, take a deep breath and realize that Christ is present. Rather than be frustrated, ask Jesus what His will for you is in that moment.

Since this is my last bulletin article before Christmas, Merry Christmas to all of you. I cannot express enough how blessed I am to be the pastor of these three parishes. The faith is deeply rooted here. Thank you for your love of Christ and the Church.

A Blessed ending to Advent and a Merry Christmas,
Father Vogel

Bulletin Article for the Third Sunday of Advent (December 13, 2015)

Yo, rejoice!!! This Sunday is Gaudete Sunday. Gaudate is Latin for rejoice. Why are we rejoicing? We are rejoicing because we are more than halfway through Advent. Two weeks down, 12 days to go.

We had a wonderful youth event in Mankato this past Wednesday. We rejoiced in the Lord and talked about the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy that started Tuesday, December 8, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Our own Bishop Quinn came and spoke to the kids.

We have our Communal Reconciliation Service this coming Wednesday, December 16 in MN Lake. This event will be in conjunction with Father Kern’s three parishes. The service will begin at 6:30 PM. What better way to celebrate Christmas than with a clean soul. I urge you to come and confess your sins to God. I promise you’ll feel better.

What a great time of year. Spend a few extra minutes at home with the family and a few less minutes at work.

May God bless and keep you,
Father Vogel