• Advent: A Time of Invitation into the Joy of Christ

    advent-candle-with-words-1024x1024Advent is a time of expectation, a time of waiting on the Lord.
    Many today are waiting on the voice of God in their lives without even really knowing it. It may be that they feel discontent or a sense of foreboding. Perhaps they feel lost as if life has little meaning, that there must be something more. Maybe they do not go to Church or have been hit or miss at Mass. Perhaps they go to Mass but are not Catholic. Possibly that person is even you.
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    Advent is a time of expectation, a time of waiting on the Lord. But it is a time of joyful expectation, of waiting with a wry quirk on our face, for we know what God has promised and we know that God is faithful. We carry a joy in our hearts amidst a weary world, not for the food and presents and Christmas trees, but because our God is truth and he has won.
    This Advent call on Christ to enkindle his love in your heart so that the Joy of this Gospel, this “Good News” spills out from you. Look for that person that is waiting on the voice of the Lord and invite them into that Joy. Bring them to Mass. Invite them over for Dinner. Tell them about our Nursery and our Faith Formation classes. Bring the to Coffee and donuts. Take them out for Coffee and donuts! Invite them. Stay with them.
    This may sound difficult or uncomfortable. But with the Joy of Christ in our hearts it becomes effortless. Remember that the Holy Spirt was promised to be on our lips when we do not know what to say.
    During the Christmas season we will be offering times to sit down after Mass and discuss the faith. These sessions are designed to be informal gatherings where anyone long-time Catholics and non-Catholics alike can ask questions about the faith. Invite someone into our family this Advent. Perhaps your voice is the one they have been waiting for.

  • Congratulations!

    • Deacon Matthew Fase started his journey to follow Christ at our home parish of Our Lady of Consolation and is a proud graduate of Our Lady of Consolation school. He completed his seminary studies in June upon receiving a Masters of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, completing nine years of study to be a priest with The Congregation of Holy Cross order. Matt was ordained to the Order of the Deacon on
      Sunday, September 14, 2014. He is currently serving in Portland, Oregon at Holy Redeemer parish and will be ordained a priest in the Spring of 2015.


    • Sister Maria Teresita of the Infant Jesus, OCD, took her Solemn Profession of Religious Vows in the Carmelite Monastery of the Holy Cross in Iron Mountain, MI on November 1, 2014. Sister Teresita, the daughter of Dennis and Carole Nielsen, has been an OLC parishioner her whole life. Please keep Sister, her family and her order in your prayers.

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  • Fr. Mike’s Musings 12-14-2014

      On this Third Sunday of Advent the theme is traditionally one of joy. This is a tradition that comes down from the Tridentine Mass when the first word of the Introit or Entrance Antiphon was “Gaudete” (Rejoice/Be Glad). Therefore this Sunday has come to be known as “Gaudete Sunday”. Advent is a penitential, as… Read more

  • Russo’s Reflections 12-07-2014

    Thank you to the Parents Association for another wonderful Bazaar held two weeks ago. Once again, we had an incredible turnout of visitors for the day. Thank you to all of our volunteers who gave of their time and talent to make this event a success for our parish community. Well done, good and faithful… Read more

  • Fr. Mike’s Musings 11-30-2014

    Are we expecting someone to come to our homes as a guest this Christmas? Are we going to be guests in someone else’s home? Just a reminder, there is someone who wants to spend time with us this Christmas and desires that we spend time with Him. We can all make this the best Christmas… Read more

  • Russo’s Reflections 11-23-2014

    Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. Today’s celebration concludes the last Sunday in Ordinary Time and the liturgical year, as we have listened to the words of  Christ from the Gospel of Matthew, Cycle A. The Church has established a three year cycle, A, B, C, in which we… Read more

  • Fr. Mike’s Musings 11-16-2014

    In our culture, the Church’s voice is one among many; yet, as believers, we hold that the Church has something of particular importance to say, indeed, something of eternal importance for our lives. For that reason we need to know what the Church is saying amid the vast body of sound which surrounds us. We… Read more

  • Russo’s Reflections 11-09-2014

    Strategic Planning Map If you recall, the first weekend of June of this year we rolled out the Strategic Planning Map for OLC. This weekend we are reintroducing the map to the parish to explain the purpose and are inviting all parishioners to study the center of the map. How Did We Get Here? In… Read more

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