The Seed

The Seed

Gratitude, Heads up, and Congratulations

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

Gratitude

Our porch chats at the rectory went very well. Thank you to everyone who made the trip to the prairie for socializing, conversation, and growth in mutual understanding and affection. When it centered on changes in the parishes, our conversation was “lively” at times, but charity prevailed and ... Read More »

Pray for Priests

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

This weekend, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati ordained 7 men to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ. I was in seminary with them and know them to be good, faithful men pursuing the call to holiness; it is a blessing for the Church that they have said “yes” to Lord. ... Read More »

Family Council

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

I know “Beacons of Light” is becoming a bit of a “bad word” and we may be tired of hearing about it, but it is one of the primary challenges standing before us today, one that has great potential if we maintain a spirit of hope. Recently, I reiterated ... Read More »

To Jesus Through Mary

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

In May, the Church gives us a yearly opportunity to give special attention to our Blessed Mother. While she should never be far from our minds and our hearts, in May (and in October as well), we look to her more intently as our mother, our teacher, and our ... Read More »

The Eucharist and Holiness

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

As we celebrate our children’s First Holy Communion this month, all of us have an opportunity to reflect upon our relationship to the Eucharist. Two things are helpful for us to consider in this regard: devotion and piety. Devotion is a certain ardor of affection in the things of ... Read More »

Consuming Easter Glory

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

During the eight days following Easter Sunday, the Church provides us with beautiful meditations in the Liturgy of the Hours (the Liturgy of the Hours is a collection of psalms, Scripture passages, Church writings, and prayers that every bishop, priest, deacon, and religious promise to pray multiple times every ... Read More »

Alleluia, He is Risen!

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

In the Eastern Church, there is a customary Easter greeting. As Christians greet one another on Easter morning, they make a call and response in Greek (the language of their liturgy): “Christos anesti” - “alithos anesti!” which translates as the greeting: “Christ is risen!” to which the response “He ... Read More »

Growth through Pruning

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

In the midst of the plan to restructure the archdiocese, we may wonder if this is really going to happen, or if it is more of an optional task, so I want to reemphasize something I think has perhaps been unclear: Going through the Beacons of Light process according ... Read More »

Veiled in Mystery

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

You may notice this weekend that our statues and crucifixes in church have hidden themselves. This is the traditional practice of veiling sacred images during the final days of Lent, the period known as “Passiontide”. Rather than recreate the wheel, I found a helpful article that shines some light ... Read More »

A Season of Reconciliation – We will have another Day of Grace on April 6th

Posted by St. Henry Cluster

Additionally, we have many opportunities throughout the week to receive this Sacrament in the normal parish calendar, so please familiarize yourself with these times, and don’t feel like confession has to be an “event” that only happens once or twice a year; let this sacrament be a normal part ... Read More »