Month: June 2012

Fortnight For Freedom Mass & Homily

On this Vigil for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the faithful gathered for our Mass to mark the celebration of the Fortnight For Freedom.  Below is the Homily. Thank you for your presence here today to celebrate this Eucharist.  Thank you for your presence with us to pray for one of our most basic human freedoms, the freedom of religion. As many of you know, our US Bishops have called us in these days to a time of intense prayer for the protection of religious liberty, otherwise known as a the Fortnight For […]

Homily: Dedication of Holy Family Catholic Church, Thayne, Wyoming

  Dedication Mass & Homily: Holy Family Church Thayne, Wyoming June 25, 2012; The Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne, Bishop of Cheyenne     As we consecrate this beautiful church dedicated to the Holy Family, I greet all of you as members of the One Family of God.  I wish to begin my comments tonight with a few significant recognitions, though I am sure I cannot recognize everyone who has had some hand in this accomplishment.  First of all, I wish to thank the people of Holy Family for your faith and perseverance.  If a […]

125 Years of Faith in Rock Springs!

Yesterday, the Catholic Community of Holy Spirit celebrated 125 years of faith in Rock Springs. The first parish, Our Lady of Sorrows was followed 25 years later by Sts. Cyril & Methodius.  Historically a railroad and mining community, Rock Springs has a strong ethnic mix and background.  We gathered in Bunning Park for an 11:00 Mass.  Mercifully, the temps did not get uncomfortable until later in the day, and there was plenty of shade and very little wind until late in the Mass.  There was a great turnout of parishioners, young and old. A few volunteers […]

St. John the Baptist and Fortnight For Freedom

Fortnight For Freedom Homily: Solemnity of Nativity of St. John the Baptist: Thank you for the invitation to be here with you today to celebrate this Eucharist.  More than anything I wish to thank all of you for continuing the faith in this part of our state.  Faith is a tremendous gift, and it is a good thing to gather today to celebrate this gift and nourish it through the Eucharist and the Church.   Today the Church exercises a rare practice of displacing the regular Sunday celebration with the Solemnity of the Nativity of […]

Weekend Travels

  Yesterday I travelled to yet another Mission in the diocese, Our Lady of the Sage in Baggs, Wyoming. Baggs is located in South Central Wyoming just north of the Colorado border and is served by Fr. Sam Hayes from St. Joseph in Rawlins. I’m not sure when the Mission was opened, but their present church was built in 1986 with the help of the Catholic Extension Society.  I never realized as a priest in the midwest what great work the Catholic Extension Society does.  Many of our churches in the diocese were built with […]

Pontifical North American College Reunion

I returned home today from Baltimore, where this year’s annual reunion of the Pontifical North American College gathered. It was one of the best turn outs in years…so I am told. It was particularly enjoyable, as this is the 20th anniversary of ordination for my class, and just months since “our rector” was named a Cardinal.    Many of us have not seen each other since our ordinations 20 years ago, and for the rest of us, it is always good to get together, ‘catch up,’ and enjoy the fraternal bonds that were forged so […]

Fortnight For Freedom

Tomorrow begins a two week period of prayer for respect for Religious Liberty.  From June 21 to July 4, the US Bishops are asking all people of faith to make this a time of prayer, study and catechesis.  This is to be a time to both learn about the growing threats to religious liberty in our own country, as well as internationally, and to pray that this basic, fundamental freedom be protected. Perhaps the best known threat to our religious liberty is the now famous HHS Mandate.  There are two fundamental issues at work here.  […]

Thoughts on June General Meeting of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

As most of you are aware, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) held its annual June General Meeting in Atlanta this past week.  Here are some thoughts regarding out time together. The General Meeting of the full conference ran Wednesday thru Thursday.  However, many other Committees and sub-committees gather the weekend prior for the purposes of conducting their business.  Even though the June meeting is typically not as ‘full’ as the November meeting, this June held some serious, and fruitful discussions. Despite the very full days and many meetings, there is also the overall […]

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; Our Spring of Salvation

 Today’s Solemnity is a favorite in the Liturgical Calendar.  Often, on this Solemnity, we remember our priests, and we pray for the sanctification of priests.  Last week when our priests were on retreat, I remember sharing with them at the beginning of one of our Masses that the renewal of the Church is intimately hinged to the holiness of our priests. I am also remembering today that on this Solemnity last year, we dedicated the Diocese of Cheyenne to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  I hope the Lord sees growth in holiness and our efforts to renew the […]

Cheyenne Priests’ Retreat

 Another retreat is now history.  I’m told it goes in the books as being one of the best attended, and from many of the priests, one of the best overall. Archabbot Lambert Reilly, OSB is an internationally renowned retreat master, and our priests were well served by his depth of spirituality, experience, wisdom, hard-hitting style and message, and many humorous anecdotes! It is good for all of us to be reminded on a regular basis that our lives are to be centered on Christ.  Our thinking and our mind is to be the mind of Christ.  It […]

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