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Rejoice and give thanks for glorious day!

Rejoice and give thanks for glorious day! What a glorious day this is for our diocese! Friends, please join me, above all, in thanking God for sending Most Rev. Joseph M. Siegel to serve as the Sixth Bishop of Evansville. Please also join me in thanking Father Bernie Etienne for his wonderful leadership as Diocesan Administrator over these...
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

In all circumstances give thanks

In all circumstances give thanks “In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).   That brief passage from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians is part of the readings for Thanksgiving Mass this year. Over the past couple of weeks, across...
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

… neither the day nor the hour

… neither the day nor the hour The Gospel for Nov. 12, the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, ends with these words: “Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour” (Matthew 25:13).   Just before beginning this column, I read and copyedited this issue’s “Connecting Faith and Life”...
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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

We are no longer without a Shepherd

We are no longer without a Shepherd With seven words, Diocesan Administrator Father Bernie Etienne began the next chapter of the Diocese of Evansville on Oct. 18 during the introductory press conference for Bishop-designate Joseph M. Siegel at St. Benedict Cathedral. “We are no longer without a shepherd.” Seated to Father...
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

How time flies, often without change

How time flies, often without change Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners….   As of the date of this issue – Oct. 13, 2017 – 100 years will have passed since the Miracle of the Sun occurred in the skies over Fatima, Portugal, immediately following Our Lady’s last appearance to the three peasant ch...
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

'Defend us in battle'

'Defend us in battle' St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.   This issue of The Message comes out on Sept. 29 –the feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael the archangels.   Saint Michael is most well known as the patron of law enforcement and soldiers, but he also is known as patron of mar...
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

What we see when our vision clears

What we see when our vision clears On Aug. 21, the day of the total solar eclipse across the U.S., Nicholar Kristoff of the New York Times viewed totality in Salem, Ore, and wrote: “First the appeal of the solar eclipse is not just it rarity, but the way it puts us in our place. It disrupts the routines we rely on and reminds...
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Why do we offer Masses for the dead?

Why do we offer Masses for the dead? This column responds to a call from a reader. “I have asked several people I know from our parish,” the caller told me, “and no one seems to know why we offer Masses for the dead. So I thought maybe you could publish something about it in The Message.” I yield to Father Alla...
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

This is a grand time

This is a grand time Truly, this is a grand time to live our Catholic faith – especially here in Indiana. We have big things to come, friends; God is preparing us for them even as I commit these words to “electronic paper.” Recently, I saw a social media post that resonated intimately with the thought...
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

The most important 'C-word' of all

The most important 'C-word' of all At one time or another, many – if not all – of you reading these words have heard that ambiguous term “C-word.” What did you think of just now as you read the headline and this column’s first sentence? Cancer … right? It is most generally associated with that ter...
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Thursday, July 27, 2017