Pastor’s Corner

Pope St. John XXIII

Dear Family,

As many have noticed and which was announced at the masses, we have a new statue in the gathering area. The statue is of Pope St. John XXIII. He was pope of the Catholic Church from 1958-1963. He was known as “The Good Pope” and was a very compassionate and holy person. In his short papacy he was known for opening the Second Vatican Council. He was beatified by Pope St. John Paul II, and was canonized recently by Pope Francis. He is one of the newer saints of the Church. St. John XXIII also had a great devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus. He wrote about the devotion, seeking its promotion. Much of this goes back to his family life. Growing up in Italy, his family would pray together for the litany of the Precious Blood during the month of July. He felt the spiritual effects of the devotion in his own personal life.

The location of the St. John XXIII statue will become the “Precious Blood” corner in the gathering area. Throughout the year we will have some items about the devotion for those who are interested. We will also have the Precious Blood Prayer book, which explains the devotion, is filled with prayers, and explores the deep richness of this devotion.

The statue is unique in that it is more lifelike. We are often used to statues that are marble, stone, or wood. Learning about the richness of the Church, there are many traditions where statues are brightly colored, or even more lifelike. An example of this is the deep tradition of statues in Spain which are often very lifelike. This statue which was manufactured in Italy was donated.

I always enjoy learning. The incredible beauty of the Catholic faith is its richness. There is so much to learn and grow in, that one could never really come to the end. To follow Christ is to constantly explore the Catholic world around us.

Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Brian

 

Happy New Year

Dear Family,

A good New Year’s resolution would be to dedicate the year of 2021 to Jesus and His Precious Blood. Know always of my prayers for you and your family as we begin this new journey.

I want to say a big thank you to all who made our Christmas celebrations so special. I want to thank our Precious Blood ministry team, along with our many volunteers behind the scenes.  I want to thank those who decorate the church, volunteer for liturgy, and our music ministry.  It wasn’t an easy task, but we were able to do it by trusting in the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom.

I also want to say thank you to all for the notes, cards, gifts, and food during Christmas.  I am very humbled and grateful for the kindness, and the hospitality since I have moved to Jasper.

Let us journey into this holy year with the faith of the three magi, keeping our hearts fixed on Christ.

Christ’s Peace,

Fr Brian

 

Merry Christmas!

Dear Family,

I want to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas!  This year has been a roller coaster in so many ways. Through all of it, the light of Christ has not dimmed. The warmth and joy of the season is centered on the Christ Child.  With the birth of Jesus, Hope is also born.

Once the dust settles, I want to remember this year.  For the rest of my life, I never want to forget this year.  This isn’t because I crave suffering.  It is because it gives me real confidence that no matter what trials we face, in the end the Christ Child triumphs with the miracle of His Love and Life. We are real witnesses to this.  We have real testimony to give.  We are witnesses to the victory of light over darkness, and joy over fear.

Christmas Blessings and Joy!

Fr. Brian

 

Season of Advent

Dear Family,

We are beginning the season of Advent. This always feels like a time for “new beginnings”.  It is the beginning of the new liturgical year, and it is the season where we prepare for the birth of Jesus.  We prepare for the joy of Christmas.  Advent is a time where we intensify the spiritual life and sharpen our focus on the true center of our life. Where is the center of our life?  What does my life revolve around?

Advent is an important time to go to confession.  This allows us to look closely at our soul and seek the mercy of God for what draws us away from God.  It allows God to wash away any sins that are stuck to our soul.  We always have our normal confession time before the Saturday evening mass.  I will also be in the confessional every Thursday at Precious Blood from 5:30-7:30 during Advent.  There are usually communal penance services with individual confessions in Dubois County.  This year is different because of social distancing.  More times for individual confession are now being offered all around the county.  Don’t miss this sacrament, and how it heals the soul.  Make this Advent a “new beginning.”

Many prayers for all, as we prepare our hearts during this holy season.

Christ’s Peace,

Fr Brian

 

A Note from the Pastor

Dear Family,

I want to welcome Fr Joe Ziliak to the parish to celebrate mass this Saturday evening. I will be celebrating my last wedding in Gibson County. I was also in Princeton last Saturday evening celebrating a wedding.  For the past five months, Fr Joe has helped out, making this transition possible.He has enjoyed his visits to Precious Blood and has enjoyed the community.  I am so thankful for our retired priests. They may be retired, but they are still spiritual leaders and their presence is really a gift.

Christ calls himself “The Rock”.  This is important to remember in the storms of life.  Christ gives us a source of stability when life is uneasy. With the coming together of 2020, Covid 19, winter coldness, isolation, and the intensity of the holidays, there is a renewed call to tap into our source of stability.  If it feels like there is an extra intensity in the air that wasn’t there in August, that is because there is.  It isn’t just the imagination.  Only Jesus Christ provides a refuge from the waves of life.  He always gives rest, relief, and shelter.  Spend some extra time praying with Jesus in the Eucharist.  As we approach Advent in few weeks, that might be a good resolution.

Christ’s Peace,

Fr Brian

 

Time for Prayer

Dear Family,

Fall has definitely arrived. The trees are starting to change color, the air is cooler, and the days are getting shorter. For priests, an important part of fall is our convocation. Every year for a week the priests of the diocese go on retreat together to spend time and pray with each other.  It is also a time to rest.  We usually travel somewhere.  Last year we went to New Harmony, Indiana and had some incredible conferences on the importance of consistent daily prayer in our lives.

Because of Covid, we will not be able to gather together in person. Bishop Siegel has still asked all priests this week to go on retreat.  We will gather together at various times virtually. We will also spend time in prayer and resting.  He asked us to not schedule any public events just like when we normally leave for convocation.  There will be no masses next week at Precious Blood. On Friday morning, I will be at Holy Family for the “All-School” Mass.

Thank you for your patience with the live-streaming.  It will always be fixed, as soon as possible when it has troubles.  Part of the nature of technology is that it always eventually breaks down or has glitches. Many times, this is beyond our control. It has happened in the past, and it will happen in the future.  When technology fails us, it can be frustrating.  Yet, like all frustrating moments, they can actually be “God-moments.”  What is God trying to teach my soul in this moment, and in this feeling that I have? What is he calling me to “let go” of?  What can initially feel like a “bad deal” becomes a gift because our soul has been taught by God through the experience.

Christ’s Peace,

Fr Brian