Posts by James Forsen

Renew Visitation

My brothers and sisters, Last week I spoke at all the masses about the need we have to rebuild Visitation. As I had mentioned before, when I arrived as pastor, I have been told that there were years of deferred maintenance, and that many of the buildings were in sore need of attention. Engineers from the archdiocese surveyed the parish plant and estimated there to…

Divine Mercy Sunday

On  April 30, 2000, Pope John Paul  II proclaimed that the Sunday following Easter was to be known as Divine Mercy Sunday. This celebration began with revelations by our Lord to a Polish religious, Sr. Faustina Kowalska, to establish a day dedicated to emphasize God’s overwhelming mercy for His people. Divine Mercy Sunday is not a new feast established to celebrate St. Faustina’s revelations. Indeed,…

What is Easter?

When I was visiting the Kindergarten children last week, I asked them what Easter was all about. Without hesitation, they all cried out, “TheEaster Bunny!” I tried again and asked, “But what do we DO on Easter Sunday?” The immediate answer: “Go Easter egg hunting!” I gave up. I don’t know if Jesus can compete with the Easter Bunny. Easter means different things to…

The Passion

Fr. Richard Rohr wrote, “If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it.” As much as we try to avoid it, and as understandable the effort, we (will) encounter pain in our lives. Our hearts ache and are broken innumerable times by the death of a loved one, by the thoughtlessness of another, by sickness or failure or struggling because of…

Msgr James Forsen

One Favor From God

A few weeks ago, during a daily mass attended by some of our school children, I asked them what one favor they would want from God. There was the expected responses of “ice cream for all!” and “a million dollars!” Some thoughtful children wished for an end to hunger and world peace. But one little girl…

Mercy Bags

THANK YOU!! A few weeks back, I wrote the words of J. Forbes. “No one gets into heaven without a letter of recommendation from the poor.” Those letters are now being written for you, the parishioners of Visitation. I cannot express adequately my gratitude at your amazingly generous response to the call to contribute Mercy…

3rd Sunday of Lent

My brothers and sisters, you may remember back in October we published our first annual “State of the Parish” message detailing the life of our parish, everything from our financial status, sacramental developments, the state of our school, the number of baptisms, marriages, funerals, students etc. We did so in hopes that a more transparent…

Alms to the Poor

During Lent, we are encouraged to fast, do penance for sin and to give alms to the poor. It is interesting that the Church would align these three deeds, the third of which seems so separate from the first two. Why is concern for the poor so emphasized during this season? I believe today’s gospel…

1st Sunday of Lent

WHY FAST? WHY ABSTAIN? Why, indeed. As the season of Lent begins, we continue the ancient practice of fasting and abstaining. Sometimes we do this for the practical benefit of losing weight, cutting back on smoking or drinking, leaving behind a bad habit. All good, but not deep enough. We may do it as a…

Ash Wednesday

Lent 101

When Does Lent 2016 Start? Lent starts every year on Ash Wednesday, which is February 10, 2016. When Does Lent 2016 End? As a liturgical season, Lent ends on Holy Thursday, immediately before the Mass of the Lord’s Supper that evening, when the Easter Triduum begins. How Long is Lent? Lent extends for a period…