St. Michael The Archangel (and Me)

We were blessed to have a new pastor come to our north-central Arizona parish about a year ago. He announced that he was going to pretty much leave things as they are for at least a year. During that time he would study and watch and then he would begin to make whatever changes were […]

By |July 23rd, 2014|Deacon Tom|0 Comments

RUA Mugwump?

Have you ever heard of the word Mugwump? It’s a noun which is defined from a dictionary as a person who remains aloof or independent, esp. from party politics.

But in a more literal or common use (how can any word we hardly have ever heard of be in ‘common use?’) — the word mugwump is […]

By |May 27th, 2014|Deacon Tom|0 Comments

It’s Time For a Catholic Resurrection

Belated and blessed Easter prayers. It’s time for a Catholic resurrection.

Excuse starting a Catholic Family Podcast with a reflection that starts with me… but I want to start with a story — well, two stories actually.

Story one: My wife Dee and I were at a Thai restaurant about five months ago. A very pretty and […]

By |April 20th, 2014|Deacon Tom|3 Comments

Minimalism: Heaven Bent This Lent?

I live in a parish with a predominately older population. Like many or most parishes, there are the daily Mass attendees… mostly gray haired… often coming for the rosary before Mass and then the 25 minute liturgy. I have to give a lot of our ‘dailies’ credit – they may also stay for the Chaplet […]

By |February 20th, 2014|Deacon Tom|0 Comments

Job Openings – Seeking Catholic Mandelas

(This column is scheduled for January publication on the Catholic Mom website. Deacon Tom feels that this topic is worth sharing on other venues, and he welcomes your thoughts and feedback)

Two seemingly unrelated starters:

For nine years, I have attended the priest, deacon, seminarian conference and retreat at Franciscan University. Each time I attend, I participate […]

By |December 30th, 2013|Deacon Tom|0 Comments