“Jesus Christ is risen today. Alleluia! This triumphant glorious day. Alleluia! Who did once upon the Cross suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!” That is the beginning of my favorite Easter hymn. My church choir friends and I would belt out that song as loud as we could sing when we were in the 8th and 9th grades; more so in rehearsal than actually on Easter Sunday. I do not think the priest or congregation would have appreciated that noisy enthusiasm during Easter Mass. That hymn is still my favorite and I would love to belt it out with all my might during the Easter season, but out of love for our parishioners, I will discipline myself. I know this blog seems a little late. Easter Sunday was 2-3 weeks ago already, but, hey, the Easter season has fifty
We are in the middle of Lent, a time to reflect and prepare for the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Lent is also a time to reflect on our sins and ask for the mercy of God, especially during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. God's mercy is available to all of us when we need it. We just need to ask for it, pray for it. God does not need our prayers, but I think He enjoys hearing them. Then He knows we have not
I recently read a very well-written, well thought out article in America magazine. It was written by a Muslim graduate student named Saadia Ahmad, who was attending a Catholic college when she was an undergraduate student. In her article, Interfaith Encounters, she relates how an invitation from the college's chaplain to attend a Sunday worship service set off a period of spiritual growth and development during her undergraduate studies. She states: “This interreligious journey continues today and has allowed me to grow as a
Today, I am going to talk about prayer. St. Bernardine of Siena says this about it, “Prayer is the best preparation for Holy Communion. Prayer is the raising of the mind to God.
When we pray, we go to meet Christ who is coming to us. If our Creator and Savior comes from heaven with such great love, it is only fitting that we should go to meet Him. And this is what we do when we spend time in prayer.”
Prayer, not only is the best preparation for
As I begin this new blog for the Parish of the Holy Savior, I would like to start by introducing myself. I know that most of you know me, and my wife, Vickie, but for those of you who do not, my name is Rodney Kuhl. Vickie and I moved to Rumford from
Minot, ND after retiring from the USAF in 1994. I worked at Swift River Health Care as a Physician Assistant for 17 years, retiring in 2011. Shortly after retirement, God gave me the opportunity to study Practical Theology and Pastoral Ministry through our diocese and online through Loyola University in New Orleans, LA.
At this time, I am a candidate for the Permanent Diaconate (more about that later) for the Diocese of Portland, ME. I have finished the academic portion of my training and I am now working in ministries in the parish and learning liturgies which I will be able to perform as a Deacon after ordination in 2017.
One of the ministries
Feast of St. Therese of the Little Flower
I cannot believe I have not written anything since Easter. Summer went by like a shot, and was very busy. Fr. Greg was replaced by Fr. Nathan and I believe both of them are now in the places they should be. The old rectory and convent are gone and the school and church area actually look spruced up. The whole area looks great!
I have finally received an ordination date now that I am concluding my diaconate studies. The date is September 16, 2017. I am looking forward to that day and to becoming a deacon. I hope to be able to serve this parish to the best of my abilities and to help all of us to become what God wants us all to be: the best and holiest selves we can be. Our souls desire to be holy and do the will of God through His Son, Jesus, and the Deacon's soul desires to attain holiness by