Pastor's Articles

The Pastor of Saint Agnes writes a weekly bulletin article.  They are reposted here.

Farewell, St. Agnes

Fr. Edlefsen's Sunday Column

Dear St. Agnes,

My last day as your Pastor will be on Wednesday, June 24, which will also be Fr. Sina’s last day. Please pray for him in his new duties at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Fredericksburg. On June 25, Fr. William Saunders will be your new Pastor, with the help of Fr. Peter McShurley. Please welcome them kindly as your new fathers in the life of grace.

I would like to express gratitude to all of you for your gracious support and friendship during the past six years. St. Agnes will always be in my thoughts and prayers, as this parish was my first assignment as a Pastor. Please pray for me as I undertake new duties as Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes.

With confidence in the strength that God gives us, “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). And recall the words of “the One like the Son of Man,” holding seven stars in his right hand, to the church at Ephesus: “To him who conquers, I will grant to eat from the Tree of Life, which is...Read more

The Body and Blood of Christ

Fr. Edlefsen's Sunday Column

A Word from St. Thomas Aquinas

Since it was the will of God’s only-begotten Son that men should share in his divinity, he assumed our nature in order that by becoming man he might make men gods. Moreover, when he took our flesh he dedicated the whole of its substance to our salvation. He offered his body to God the Father on the altar of the cross as a sacrifice for our reconciliation. He shed his blood for our ransom and purification, so that we might be redeemed from our wretched state of bondage and cleansed from all sin. But to ensure that the memory of so great a gift would abide with us for ever, he left his body as food and his blood as drink for the faithful to consume in the form of bread and wine.

O precious and wonderful banquet, that brings us salvation and contains all sweetness! Could anything be of more intrinsic value? Under the old law it was the flesh of calves and goats that was offered, but here Christ himself, the true God, is set before us as our food. What could...Read more

Beauty and Grace are in the Trinity and from the Trinity

Fr. Edlefsen's Sunday Column

By St. Athanasius (4th century)

It will not be out of place to consider the ancient tradition, teaching and faith of the Catholic Church, which was revealed by the Lord, proclaimed by the apostles and guarded by the fathers. For upon this faith the Church is built, and if anyone were to lapse from it, he would no longer be a Christian either in fact or in name. We acknowledge the Trinity, holy and perfect, to consist of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In this Trinity there is no intrusion of any alien element or of anything from outside, nor is the Trinity a blend of creative and created being. It is a wholly creative and energizing reality, self -consistent and undivided in its active power, for the Father makes all things through the Word and in the Holy Spirit, and in this way the unity of the holy Trinity is preserved. Accordingly, in the Church, one God is preached, one God who is above all things and through all things and in all things. God is above all things as Father, for he is principle and source; he is through...Read more

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