Easter Sunday

Easter Dove Lost in the Rectory

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Ok this is the last time I’m going to ask our parishioners this question.  If you are not a parishioner here or are a visitor, our parishioners have been doing a program here called Pray 40 Days every single day since the beginning of Lent.  Every Sunday I asked them, “How many of you have […]

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Good Friday Your Cross is Precious

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This is my first time getting to celebrate Holy Week here at our parish, at St. Gabriel’s. That’s one of the wonderful things of being an associate that you get to experience different liturgies in different communities. And one the thing that is so striking about Friday service is I’ve never seen a cross as […]

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Why I shaved my head

“Why Fr. Michael Shaved His Head…”

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Well, I’m getting used to my new hairdo from Fr. Jeremy. I can’t help but think the last time this happened to me was actually by a young boy at my first parish. He was in 8th grade when I was there and he got leukemia. Right before Ash Wednesday Robert asked if he could […]

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What's wrong with you?

What is Wrong With You?

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“What is wrong with you? What is wrong with you guys? What is wrong with you people?” Have you ever heard that said to you? What is wrong with you? Then you ask yourself “What is wrong with me? I don’t know.” It is that sense of condemnation that there is something terribly wrong with […]

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“Come meet a man that told me everything about myself.”

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I am sure I have told some of you this before. Every year, I make an annual eight day retreat. I make it with a wonderful priest in Scranton, Ohio. His name is Msgr. Essef. He is a priest of the Diocese of Scranton. He is also their exorcist. Not only is he their exorcist, […]

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Don't Worry Be Happy

Ukulele Don’t worry be happy!

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The Psalm today speaks of the notion that, “Only in God will my soul be at rest.” The idea is that we are always searching and anxious. It is only in God that we can finally find rest for our souls. We hear that again echoed in The Gospel today. Jesus’ whole notion of “Do […]

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I'm Father Michael J. Denk, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. I am a contributor of content to The Prodigal Father Productions, Inc., a non-profit corporation functioning in accord with the traditions and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The corporation and I are separate, it doesn't speak for me, the parish, or on behalf of the Diocese of Cleveland, and I do not speak for it.