This past Saturday, my wife informed me that one of our friends from church had offered to take the children for a few hours so that she and I could have some free time together.

My name is Deacon Nicholas J. Haas. I’m a permanent deacon assigned at St. André Bessette Pa…

O LORD, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, For You have done wonderf…

We celebrated my birthday last Thursday night. Two of my girls braved the cold, windy and snowy wintry night as they drove out from Saranac Lake. They cheered me on as I blew out another candle for another year of life. Another year older. Another year for opportunities to learn and grow.

“Blessed be the LORD God of Israel From everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen”

Avoiding the commercialization of Christmas is a real challenge. For Catholics, the liturgical season of Advent helps us focus on the spiritual preparation for Christmas and on the coming of Our Lord. (Advent comes from the Latin adventus, meaning “coming.”) The catechism stresses the two-fo…

Some of you will remember the old song that advertised Armour hot dogs. It asked the question “What kind of kids eat Armour hot dogs?” It goes on to answer that question with: “Fat kids, skinny kids, kids that climb on rocks. Tough kids, sissy kids, even kids with chicken pox.” They were try…

The human experience, like the seasons, is riddled with change.

I went out to the garage today to start snow blowing the 6-10 inches of snow that had fallen over night. We have a 100-foot-long driveway, so I was thankful on this day for the snowblower. For too many years, I had the task of shoveling the whole thing. Fun at the start, but as the months ro…

This past Sunday at church I experienced a first, in my more than 20 years in the ministry.

I can hardly believe that it’s already November. Where does the time go? My mom was right. When I was younger, she would say “Don’t wish your days away” and “As you get older, the years pass by faster.”

The leaves have been extra beautiful this year. There are two lessons from the leaves that I’d like to share with you today.

To be indecisive usually means to have difficulty making up one’s mind.

The sound of rain rattling on the roof woke me this morning. Actually, to be honest, it then kept lulling me back to sleep, till I finally got up.