The Tech Ministry has asked Fr. Bolek to share some comments on Advent: Fr. Bolek, you keep talking about treating Advent like Advent and not like Christmas. Well, tell me, how do I have a good Advent season?
Did you know that fellow St. Jude parishioner just landed a World Record? It's true!
Brian Lock just completed the fastest marathon while dribbling a soccer ball. His time was 3:29:03, and if you're an avid marathon runner you know this is a good time WITHOUT dribbling a soccer ball. Lock did this even this past weekend at the Peoria Whiskeydaddle Marathon.
I think often of the words of St. John Paul II, and of Christ himself, “Do not be afraid.” Often when first hearing the call to priesthood or consecrated life, there can be fears of perpetual loneliness and dissatisfaction, but these are unfounded. There is nothing in life as wonderful as falling in love with God and following His will.
The most important, and the most challenging, thing I have learned in seminary is that truly loving Jesus, committing to knowing Him personally through daily prayer and good works, changes everything. It gives life to study, prayer, and service. It provides the strength and motivation necessary to overcome hardship.
St. Jude Catholic Church has a new online calendar on our website. The best part is your can also download a copy of the calendar to your favorite app via a .ics file, or if you're a Gmail user you can add the calendar to your profile and view it right next to your personal calendars.
The process to become a priest depends on whether you enter seminary immediately after high school or after earning a bachelor’s degree. I entered immediately after high school, so I went to Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, a college seminary in Winona, MN....