November 19, 2017

Posted by Anne Wing

ALPHA is the name for a wonderful opportunity that has proven itself over time as a great tool for people who are looking to engage the deeper questions about life. For believers, it might be described as a process that allows us to explore questions about our faith in ... Read More »

November 12, 2017

Posted by Anne Wing

So far this year, in 2017 in the United States

 There have been 52,568 incidents involving guns.

13,205 people have been killed by gunfire.

27,047 people have been injured by gunfire.

621 children, 11 years old and younger have been killed or injured.

2,771 teens, between 12 and 18, ... Read More »

November 5, 2017

Posted by Anne Wing

Today marks the first day of what is calendared in our Church here in the United States as National Vocations Awareness Week. We are invited as a church to “promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support ... Read More »

October 29, 2017

Posted by Anne Wing

On this final Sunday of Respect Life Month for 2017, our first reading explicitly touches on another life-issue where the Church is often seen to be at variance with societal trends. The issue is that of immigration. Exodus is pretty clear: “Thus says the LORD:  ‘You shall not molest ... Read More »

October 22, 2017

Posted by Anne Wing

Last week I wrote of the tradition we have in the United States of celebrating October as Respect Life Month. In that column, I noted that when we speak of a church that is pro-life, we are speaking about far more than the church’s stance on abortion. To be ... Read More »

October 15, 2017

Posted by Anne Wing

Every year in the month of October, Catholics in the United States observe what we call “Respect Life Month”. Invariably, those outside the Church tend to be dismissive of our efforts as a community of believers to highlight our core values and commitment to life as a people of ... Read More »

October 8, 2017

Posted by Anne Wing

In the many years I have enjoyed reading, learning, preaching and teaching on the scriptures, I can honestly say that never once has anyone ever shared with me, even when asked, that today’s gospel is one of their “favorites”. Many people like the Parable of the Prodigal, of the ... Read More »

October 1, 2017

Posted by Anne Wing

When I was a youngster growing up in my home parish in the West of Ireland, I remember the time that the parish priest introduced envelopes to parishioners for their weekly contributions. What happened was quite remarkable, and it has stayed with me all these years. Before we had ... Read More »

September 17, 2017

Posted by Anne Wing

Last weekend I began a conversation with our parish community concerning the importance of Stewardship as a constitutive element of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. I spoke (at length, some of you reminded me afterwards) of the importance of our participation in the life of ... Read More »

September 10, 2017

Posted by Anne Wing

Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.  (Rom 13:8)

For different reasons I have been given cause to reflect recently on the incredible and marvelous ways in which we are blessed here at Our Lady of Lourdes. ... Read More »