In Omnibus Caritas — By Fr. Reginald, O.P.

Dear friends, In my relatively short time at Newman, I have been edified by the kind and welcoming spirit that I have observed here. There seems to be an understanding that people come from all different cultures and walks of life, bringing a variety of experiences and customs to the Church. This variety expresses itself in many ways, including the music we are used to, the way we dress in…Keep Reading

An Intentional and Consistent Lent — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

It’s time for the age old question, “What am I giving up for Lent?” As Lent is a season of penitential practice, it can be a legitimate question. I’ve some suggestions for your consideration. Why not give up the randomness of your prayer life, and chose to be intentional about how you pray? Commit to a consistent time for personal prayer, even arrange a place in which you can be…Keep Reading

The History of the Diocese of Jefferson City — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

As I write this, we are looking forward to the ordination of the 4th bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City. I would like take this opportunity to personally thank Bishop Emeritus Gaydos for the wonderful support he has shown me since my arrival at St. Thomas More. I have found him a quiet, firm guide, available when I had questions and needed direction. On behalf of my Dominican brothers…Keep Reading

Commitment Sunday — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

“As generous distributors of God’s manifold grace, put your gifts at the service of one another, each in the measure you have received.” Peter 4:10. I walk by this Scripture nearly every day. It is displayed on the “Called to Share” campaign plaque from the early 2000s. Since that time, the parish has successfully placed itself on financially solid ground, protecting and ensuring the future of our faith community. This…Keep Reading

Envisioning Our Future — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

Over the past year, this idea of “visioning the future” has been very much a part of my present. The Holy Spirit, in a rare show of humor, has arranged for this process to take place, not only in our parish community, but also at the level of our diocese and our Dominican province. With respect to our parish and diocese, the interests are entwined. We’ve been tasked with examining…Keep Reading

Organize Your Spiritual Life — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

A creedal statement is “an authoritative, formulated statement of the chief articles of Christian belief.” The one we publicly profess most regularly is the Nicene Creed, which is popularly thought to have been promulgated by the Council of Nicaea. Current scholarship has uncovered a more complex history, which is beyond the scope of this column, but makes for interesting reading. (See www.britannica.com/topic/Nicene-Creed) Creedal statements help us to remember what is…Keep Reading

The Spirit of Christmas — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST Christmas Eve was coming to a close. After dinner and presents at my grandparents’, my siblings and I were getting ready for a long winter’s nap. Mom and Dad would gather us around the tree, ablaze with lights and tinsel. (Mom always put tinsel on the tree until the day before we took it down!) Dad would read “the story”; the Gospel of Luke, Chapter…Keep Reading

A Year of Favor — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

This passage from Isaiah is read by Jesus from the scroll in the synagogue at Nazareth. The event serves both to fulfill the prophecy and stand as the “mission statement” for Jesus. “The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release…Keep Reading

Reflecting on our Year of Faith — By Fr. Rich, O.P.

One of the perceived challenges in writing a column on a regular basis is the desire to write something fresh, engaging, entertaining and informative, thought-provoking and accurate; all this in about 600 words. Add the fact that the media is print, and the task is formidable. So, here we go. The celestial mechanics have conspired to create a short Advent season; the fourth Sunday of Advent morphs into Christmas Eve….Keep Reading

“I Will Be There Tomorrow” — By Fr. Reginald, O.P.

Blessed Advent, dear friends! As you know, the season of Advent is a time of preparation for the Lord’s arrival. It is a time to reflect on the great mystery of God’s breaking into human history to heal the wounds of our sin and foolishness and to set us on the path back to his heart. It is a time to reflect on our great need for the Lord, for…Keep Reading

Holy Lives, Set Apart — by Fr. Rich, O.P.

The Concise Dictionary of Theology defines the word “saint” in this way: it’s Latin for “one who is holy or set apart.” This weekend celebrates both those that we know and honor and those who are unknown to us; there are uncounted numbers of such individuals in our history, and we remember them in our prayers and thoughts today. The qualifications for entry into this select elect have developed through…Keep Reading

Priesthood: Year One — By Fr. Reginald, O.P.

October 1 marked the completion of my first year of priesthood. This occasion brings to mind many blessings that I have experienced in that time. The greatest of these, of course, is the mystery of consecrating the Eucharist and absolving sins for the People of God. I really have no words to describe these. However, I would like to share a couple of other thoughts with you: The first thing…Keep Reading