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The Branch - December 30, 2018

Posted by Jason Buckley on 12/27/18

Family Time

I hope that everyone had an amazing Christmas Eve/Day and start of the season!  As I am writing this, it is the first night of Christmas (and not a partridge in a pear tree in sight!).  All of the presents have been opened, the food has been ... Read More »

The Branch - December 23 & 25, 2018

Posted by Jason Buckley on 12/25/18

Welcome to Our Lady of the Woods… Welcome Home!

What a wonderful time of year! Christmas music is in the air. The church is decorated. The musicians and choir have been rehearsing to praise God. And everyone is wishing people they pass by Merry Christmas (or at least Happy Holidays).

For those of you who are coming to Our Lady of the Woods for the first time, or who are coming back after a time away, I wish to welcome you home! The Catholic Church is like an old friend that you haven’t seen for a while. When you come back, it is like no time has passed at all. Sure things may look different (I know I have gotten a little grayer since I have seen friends from school), but deep down, where it matters most, it is the same. We are all part of the body that makes up the church. We are all part of the body of Jesus ... Read More »

The Branch - December 9, 2018

Posted by Jason Buckley on 12/10/18

Make Straight His Path

This past week I had the good fortune to be able to join my family in a trip to Walt Disney World (that’s the one in Florida). That is why I was not in church with you on Sunday; I had a flight that left ... Read More »

The Branch - December 2, 2018

Posted by Jason Buckley on 12/10/18

Happy New (Liturgical) Year!

Nobody move! Stay right where you are! I’ve dropped something and I don’t want you to accidentally step on it!

Ok, so you are not likely to step on it so go ahead and resume your regularly scheduled day that I have so rudely interrupted. ... Read More »

The Branch - November 18, 2018

Posted by Jason Buckley on 12/10/18

St. Cecilia, Pray For Us!

It is hard to believe, but it has been about two months since I joined the choir as the Choir Director. As we approach the feast day of St. Cecilia, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to the choir, instrumentalists, ... Read More »

The Branch - August 26, 2018

Posted by Jason Buckley on 8/26/18

Which Way?

Many of us can remember a time when Waze, Siri, or Google were not around to give us directions. Now, we hear phrases like “Turn here”, “Your destination is ahead on the left”, or “Recalculating route” just about any time we get in the car.

Today’s readings ... Read More »

The Branch - August 19, 2018

Posted by Jason Buckley on 8/19/18

Let Us Learn from St. Paul 

Last week, during the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, in a letter from Saint Paul to the Ephesians, we heard: 

“All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice.  And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has ... Read More »

The Branch - July 22, 2018

Posted by Jason Buckley on 8/15/18

Hello! I have not had the opportunity to write in The Branch in several weeks; I was told by some faith family members here at the parish that my voice was missed and that I need to write something for this edition of the bulletin. I am both humbled ... Read More »

The Branch - August 5, 2018

Posted by Jason Buckley on 8/15/18

As we enter into an election cycle (the Michigan primary election takes place on August 7 and the general election takes place on November 6), I find myself being bombarded with ad after ad after ad and chuckling when I am watching a show, such as the local news ... Read More »

The Branch - July 29, 2018

Posted by Jason Buckley on 8/15/18

Occasionally, I find myself on autopilot for responses or songs during Mass. The words come out of my mouth by rote. I, and anyone around me, can catch when this happens because I fall back into pre-2010 responses. When I reflect on the words, I find a line from Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows pop into my head: ... Read More »