Father Jim Perkl

/Father Jim Perkl

Mark Your Calendars for October 13, 2017

Dear Friends in Christ, Perhaps you have wondered why Pope Francis began his ministry by consecrating his papacy to Mary, the Mother of Jesus and later the whole world to her. Why also on the 100th Anniversary of the great miracle of Our Lady of Fatima, Donald Cardinal Wuerl will consecrate the USA to Our

“Our Father, Who Art In Heaven… …Thy Will Be Done On Earth As It Is In Heaven…” Jesus

Dear Friends in Christ, Looking ahead into October, I would like to recommend a three-day conference meeting at Mary, Mother of the Church from Friday, October 20 to Sunday, October 22. The title of the conference is, The Kingdom of the Divine Will. This three-day conference will seek to explore the question of how we


Dear Friends in Christ, On Saturday, September 23, Servant of God, Father Stanley Rother, will be beatified in his home diocese of Oklahoma City. Some of you may have already read his story in the biography by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda, The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run, Fr. Stanley Rother, Martyr from Oklahoma. For a link to

Just Do It!

Dear Friends in Christ, On Tuesday, May 18, all the parishes of the Archdiocese were invited to participate in Spring Formation Day. Invited back by popular demand, Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut (pictured), presented “Three Keys to Fostering an Encounter with Jesus, in Order to Build Credible Faith Communities.” To view the video of

Every Good Gift God Gives Starts with Our “Yes!” to the Holy Spirit!

Dear Friends in Christ, Just a couple of days before my annual priest’s retreat at King’s House in Buffalo, Minnesota, I received a call out of the clear blue from Deacon Rip Reardon and the Archdiocese inquiring if Mary, Mother of the Church would be open to receiving an Associate Pastor. Deacon Reardon was aware

Please Welcome Our Lady of the Smile to Our Daily Mass and Adoration Chapel

Dear Friends in Christ, As long time members of Mary, Mother of the Church know, our parish church holds a number of artistic treasures that enhance the beauty of our building and which enrich our understanding and appreciation for our Catholic faith. The front doors of our church leading into the sanctuary are a wonderful

O Happy Day!

Dear Friends in Christ, He is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia! Happy Easter! I especially extend a warm welcome to anyone who is visiting with us from other places or faith backgrounds. As we gather today, we celebrate the beautiful gift of life that God has blessed each of us with. If you are with us today but do not worship with

How Has God Always Been?

Dear Friends in Christ, We all have questions. I am asked questions daily and since I am a priest many are theological. When I am meeting someone, who may be facing death, many questions deal with the afterlife. The Gospel for today begs us to ponder life and death. Jesus uses questions to call us

Mary Mother is an Amazing Parish!

Dear Friends in Christ, A few weeks ago, March 13 to 15, a number of our Parish Leadership Team went to the most recent Amazing Parish Conference. We were there with about 100 other parishes from all over the country. The two founders of The Amazing Parish Organization are Patrick Lencioni and John Martin, who

Amazing Conference for Mary Mother Leadership

Dear Friends in Christ, This week marks the official start of spring! Spring is a time for new beginnings, and this past week the leadership team at Mary Mother attended a conference designed to enliven and re-energize Catholic parishes as we discussed new beginnings for our Parish. The Amazing Parish Conference gathered over 100 parishes