October 2, 2020  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

For many weeks now, virtually every bishop in the country — myself included — has been bombarded with letters asking that we speak loudly and clearly regarding the upcoming presidential election.  We expect those letters every four years, but this year’s elections are particularly critical. 


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September 18, 2020  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

There was a time when voting for one or another political party or candidate was an exercise of the virtue of prudence. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines prudence as “the virtue which disposes a person to discern the good and choose the correct means to accomplish it.”


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September 4, 2020  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

Our observance of Labor Day moves us as Catholics to reflect on the meaning of human labor in light of Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Church.

How are we to understand the role of work in our lives?  Does work actually help to fulfill our role as cooperators with God in perfecting creation — or is work little more than necessary drudgery?


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August 7, 2020  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

Fifty-two years ago Pope Paul VI promulgated his landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae (HV), “Of Human Life,” in which he articulated the age-old teaching of the Church that contraception violates the very nature and purpose of the human sexual act.


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July 3, 2020  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

This year, on July 4, we celebrate the 244th year of the independence of the United States of America. We remember the particular blessings that made this land so congenial to democracy.


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June 19, 2020  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

I write this column having just finished celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial for a good friend of mine. Like every Funeral Mass, it caused me to come face to face again with my own mortality. I see more clearly each day that death is not far off for a man of my age.


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June 5, 2020  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

Last Saturday it was with great joy that I ordained two men to the priesthood for service in our diocese. I am confident that these men know well what it means to be a priest. We would do well to recall what the essence of the priestly ministry is.


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May 15, 2020  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

Of all the half-truths and misinformation being circulated during the COVID-10 pandemic, one of the biggest misconceptions is that our Catholic parishes are “closed” and that the Catholic Church has somehow abandoned her mission out of fear of a virus.


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May 1, 2020  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

Three years ago, we marked 100 years since our Blessed Mother appeared to three shepherd children — Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta — near the little town of Fatima in Portugal on May 13, 1917. It was the first of six apparitions, one each month through the following October.


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April 17, 2020  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

This Sunday, April 19, is Divine Mercy Sunday. The significance of the Divine Mercy is found in the very meaning of the Paschal Mystery, which we celebrate in a very special way at Easter.


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April 3, 2020  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

Is it possible to “fast” from the Eucharist? What does that mean? Is it spiritually beneficial? Has it ever been done in the Catholic Church?


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March 20, 2020  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

I am writing this letter to you only three days after we announced that Masses and other larger gatherings would be discontinued until the end of the month. I would never have thought that we would be in a situation like this. But here we are, and I hope we will all try to make the best of it.


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March 6, 2020  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

Among the unique privileges of a bishop is that of conferring the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Orders. There is another very special joy for the bishop, however. It is the opportunity of presiding at the annual Rite of Election, celebrated on the first Sunday of Lent.


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February 7, 2020  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

This weekend I will leave for Rome to make my visit “ad limina apostolorum” (to the threshold [of the tombs] of the Apostles).  This official and required visit usually takes place every five years; however, it has been eight years since my last visit.  Both Popes Benedict and Francis have lengthened the time between these visits.


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January 17, 2020  |  By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN

Last week, I made the annual spiritual retreat with the bishops of ecclesiastical Region XIII (Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah).


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