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RCIA During a Pandemic

Posted by Richard Moore on 5/26/21

Last weekend on Pentecost Sunday we had two adult confirmations (Mary Kay O’Brien and Chrissy Borgstrom) during the Sunday Masses. Both Mary Kay and Chrissy had been baptized Catholic and received their first communion, but had not been confirmed. It was a powerful celebration of Pentecost as they both ... Read More »

Removing “One”

Posted by Richard Moore on 5/06/21

Just before Lent this year, I received an email from the Archdiocese’s Office of Worship informing us of the removal of the word “One” in english collects (opening prayer of Mass). “The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (CDWDS) has decreed that as of February ... Read More »


Posted by Richard Moore on 4/22/21

I am sure many of you were like me during the trial and when the verdict was read in the Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd. We were in Missouri as the testimony was ongoing and the bits and pieces I could see had me concerned ... Read More »

God’s Love Cannot be Constrained

Posted by Richard Moore on 4/06/21

“They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” John 20:2

During the distribution of the Eucharist, I have been sitting behind the altar in the prayer area by the tabernacle. It is a nice area to sit and pray, especially after ... Read More »

Disappointed, Embarrassed, and Frustrated

Posted by Richard Moore on 3/24/21

That would describe some of my reactions to the “Responsum of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to a dubium regarding the blessing of the unions of persons of the same sex” issued on March 15, 2021[1]. As I had written in an earlier blog post there ... Read More »

Gazing With Love

Posted by Richard Moore on 3/03/21

Fr. John’s homily from the first Sunday of Lent has provided me with a beautiful mantra for this Lenten season. The comments by Bishop DeGrood on prayer that profoundly struck Fr. John also really hit home with me. “Looking at the Lord in prayer and letting the Lord look ... Read More »


Posted by Richard Moore on 2/18/21

For the past week, I have been thinking about what to write for the beginning of Lent and nothing has really come to mind. Over the last few days, there have been a couple of things I have read concerning Lent that have stuck in my mind so I ... Read More »

What is Heaven Like?

Posted by Richard Moore on 2/03/21

I read a reflection today that was centered around children’s questions about what heaven was like and was there a purgatory. It made me stop and think for a while about what I believe heaven will be like and how we get there.

For believers, the existence of heaven ... Read More »

Winter Spiritual Reading Picks

Posted by Richard Moore on 1/28/21

With Christmas a distant memory, the weather in Minnesota feeling like winter, and Lent only three weeks away it is a good time to do some spiritual reading. Like last year, I thought I would recommend a few books for your consideration that I found to be sources of ... Read More »

Women Lectors are Official!

Posted by Richard Moore on 1/12/21

Pope Francis in a new Apostolic letter “Spiritus Domini” published January 11, 2021, issued motu proprio (on his own initiative) changes to the Code of Canon Law to explicitly allow women to be installed in the Catholic Church as lectors and acolytes. If you are like me, you may ... Read More »


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