Bulletin Article for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (May 29, 2016)

Hello,

The school year is almost over. For St. Casimir’s school, the last day is this Friday. However, it appears that USC now has to go to school June 6 and 7. (I assume that’s what “student contact days” are.) What a great time of year! My graduation open houses are increasing every weekend. Speaking of graduation, I want to profusely apologize to the graduates of St. Casimir. We told them to dress up and come for a recognition and a blessing. However, I blew it. I forgot. So I apologize. We thank you for your time and all the ways you have contributed to the faith community in these first 18 years or so of your lives. Thank you.

This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi…or in English the Solemnity of the Body of Christ. Every survey I have ever seen says that only about a third of Catholics believe that the bread and wine become and are actually the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. This isn’t some teaching that the Catholic Church made up along the way. Early Christians believed in the Real Presence, that at the consecration, the priest, with the power of God, changes the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. It may look the same as it did before the Consecration, but it is not the same. St. Paul talks about the Real Presence in 1 Corinthians, chapters 10 and 11. What an awesome gift!!! The Creator of the universe comes to us in the appearance of bread and wine. Not only did God take on human nature, but God take on the appearance of bread and wine. What a loving humble God we have! God is willing to come under the appearance of bread and wine just so that He can physically become part of us. God took on human nature so that we could take on some of His divine nature. Please, especially this weekend, do not take the receiving of the Eucharist for granted.

Pax,

Father Vogel

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Bulletin Article for the Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity (May 22, 2016)

Hello. What a great week we have! This weekend we get to celebrate the Trinity. That would be Three Divine Persons in one God. What a glorious thing! Also, we get to celebrate another chapter in Joshua Stenzel and Tiffany Butcher’s lives. Saturday, they were joined in Holy Matrimony. Many of us know the joys and the hardships of marriage. So pray for them that they may be faithful to each other and to God. Also, Grayson Dulas, son of Ike and Kristen Dulas, is being Baptized Sunday afternoon. Children are such a gift to their families and to our community. We thank all those who say yes to human life, to raising up Godly children. Also, next weekend is USC graduation. We congratulate all the graduates who have worked so hard not just learning about God’s creation in their science, math, English, and many other classes, but we congratulate them on all of their hard work becoming the best version of themselves. We pray that they are successful in all they do, but most of all, success in being holy people bound for eternal life in heaven. For in the end, that is all that truly matters.

Thank you again for all of your support. I was reminded this week by God what a blessing it is to serve these three communities.

May God bless your week,

Father Vogel

Bulletin Article for Pentecost Sunday (May 15, 2016)

Hello, Hello,

Things are getting crazy. I have my first graduation party this weekend. Sports are nearing their playoff season. Concerts, Confirmations, and other great things are happening. Spring is such a great time. A busy time, but a great time. Full of endings and beginnings.

Friday, May 13th, we buried John McCallum. Please pray for the repose of his soul. Also pray for his family, especially his wife Mary. They were united in marriage for 67 years. Awesome!

Today we celebrate Pentecost. In some ways, another birth of the Church. Jesus had ascended into Heaven, but now He sent the Holy Spirit to His disciples. Now they were called out to preach the Gospel. We especially receive this gift at Confirmation. I always tell the kids that in some ways Baptism is for you and Confirmation is for everyone else. In Baptism you received the gift of the Holy Spirit, became a member of the family of God, and started your journey towards eternal life in heaven. In Confirmation, you are given the fullness of the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that you can share the Gospel to others. So that you can be a bold witness for the joy that Jesus brings to your life.

On Monday is the St. Casimir spring concert. Also, next weekend, Joshua Stenzel and Tiffany Butcher are getting married. Please pray for them and a lifetime of happiness and holiness.

God bless,

Father Vogel