Feast of the Body & Blood of Jesus

We celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus today, in times past CORPUS CHRISTI. We remember the greatest gift that Jesus has left us. When we gather each Sunday in His name, as brothers and sisters, to share a meal, just as he taught us, we become what we eat. The bread and wine that we share are the Body and Blood of Jesus. When we eat it, we become the Body of Christ today. In past times, these are the words that were said when sharing the Eucharist: “Receive what you are. Become what you receive.” We are reminded today that God offers us a new sacred contract, or alliance, one different from the Old Testament covenant. Then God asked the Jewish people to live according to the c

Diocese of Green Bay

PART II of our diocesan history continues. The Diocese of Green Bay was officially created on March 3, 1868. The diocesan Coat of Arms appears on all official announcements from our Bishop, and also often in the Compass, our diocesan newspaper. It was created around the year 1892. It has been revised a couple of times, most recently in 1945 by Bishop Paul Peter Rhode. The Coat of Arms as we know it today is divided into two areas. The upper portion contains a white St. Andrew's cross on a field of blue. According to tradition, St. Andrew was crucified, martyred on a cross in the shape of an "X". The cross symbolizes the establishment of the Christian faith in the Diocese. The ship in the cen

Pentecost

Today is the feast of Pentecost. This feast is one of the most important next to Christmas and Easter, because it commemorates the sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles for the first time, to inspirit them with courage and energy to go out and “make disciples of all nations”, just as Jesus had commanded them to do. They needed the infusion of the Spirit to put aside their fears and doubts about Jesus, and they claimed their mission to spread the Good News. It was from this moment on that Jesus’ message was proclaimed boldly to all the world, first by the Apostles, who with the freedom of the Spirit, went forth to share Jesus message, and then later by those whom they taught, the primi

150th Anniversary

During this year of 2018 we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Green Bay Diocese, and each weekend we pray together that we continue to grow as committed Catholics to Jesus, the Lord of our lives. I want to share with you a brief bit of the history of our Diocese. Our diocese dates back to 1634 when Jean Nicolet landed near Green Bay. He was followed by the Jesuit missionaries dedicated to spreading the Gospel along the Fox, Wolf, and Menominee Rivers. For nearly a century, the native peoples, missionaries, and French Canadian pioneers kept the faith alive. Green Bay was originally part of the Quebec Diocese, before becoming part of: the Baltimore diocese(1791), Bardstown, Ky.(1808

1st Communion

Today we celebrate the First Communion of our young children here at St. Thomas the Apostle. What a wonderful day to hear again in our readings for the day of Jesus’ command to “love one another, because God is of love. ”(I John4:7) Or in the Gospel: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love…”(John 15:9) To love to the extent of giving life translates into KINDNESS, SERVICE, and DOING GOOD toward others. Loving may at times demand of us an enormous sacrifice. Each set of parents of our First Communicants know that as they watch their children grow up, become independent, and commit errors. They cannot save them from their mistakes. But they also know that forming them in

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