An announcement came out late yesterday afternoon from the Alberta Bishops regarding what the Church is doing during these strange and difficult times. In the Archdiocese of Edmonton, Archbishop Smith released a letter explaining what’s going to happen (and some of the rationale behind it) as the Church is doing her part to comply with […]
The following is the text of the homily Deacon Pat Hessel of Holy Trinity Parish delivered to the St. Peter the Apostle Catholic High School Class of 2019 on Saturday, June 2, 2019: Many cultures around the world have initiation rites for men and women. An initiation rite is sometimes called a rite of […]
Liturgically speaking, Holy Saturday is the quietest day of the year – the time between Jesus’ death, and his resurrection which takes place at the Easter Vigil, technically Easter Sunday. Holy Saturday has always seemed to be such a quiet day in the midst of a very busy week – especially when I try to […]
So, once again, I’ve moved. And the plan is to stay right here at mikeisthird.com. It’s short and sweet, and hopefully will give me opportunities to explain to those whom I serve in speaking, writing, and singing our simple mission as Christians: to put God first, our neighbour second, and ourselves third.
Two years ago, on January 14th, 2018, I said farewell to my father as he died due to complications related to cancer. It was one of the hardest days I’ve ever lived – I wrote the following a couple of days later to try and put into words what my dad means to me. In […]
The Following represents my talk notes from the closing keynote talk at the Prince George Diocesan Youth Conference on April 22nd, 2018 As we come to the end of our time together, I want to encourage you with some words from St. Padre Pio: In the spiritual life one must always go on pushing ahead […]