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Posted by Jason Buckley on 4/12/20

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking with a friend and wegot on the topic of Lent. He was telling me that he wasn’tsure what he should give up for Lent. When I asked himwhat he had settled on, he said “I feel like I’ve given upeverything.” Of ... Read More »

Did the Ascension Happen?

Posted by Jason Buckley on 6/15/19

The Gospel reading today comes at the end of Luke’s Gospel and immediately precedes the Acts of the Apostles. In fact, the intervening time is the very first Novena… the Novena to the Holy Spirit. I had tried to include it in the bulletin, but sadly, it would have ... Read More »

Happy Father's Day!

Posted by Jason Buckley on 6/15/19

My sister and I are taking our Dad out for dinner today (I guess Mom will be invited too) and I cannot wait! I’m not sure if it is the same in other families, but it always seems like dads are getting the short end of the stick. Here’s ... Read More »

Novena to the Holy Spirit (Source: EWTN)

Posted by Jason Buckley on 5/28/19


The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is ... Read More »

The Branch - April 21, 2019

Posted by Jason Buckley on 5/26/19

Alleluia! He is Risen!

As I write this, I’m surrounded by the next generation of the Klindt family.  They have brought it to my attention that one of them is about to celebrate a birthday...  So, happy birthday, Dakota! 

HAPPY EASTER!  After weeks of sacrifice, prayer, and reflection, we ... Read More »

The Branch - May 19, 2019

Posted by Jason Buckley on 5/26/19

Have we been here before?

The passage from John’s Gospel begins:  “When Judas had left them …”  Wait, what?  Didn’t Judas leave to betray Jesus during the Last Supper?  That was five weeks ago!

The Gospel reading this week, like last week, is actually an account taken from before ... Read More »

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 »