When I was a boy, I lived in rural northeast Pennsylvania. I had a dream that someday, I’d build a church across the road from my childhood home and pastor there. Of course it would have a large congregation.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).

As I stared at the task in front of me, I felt totally overwhelmed. For the past several years, I had been looking at the leaning posts, the twisted and contorted vines hanging haphazardly, and the rotting and somewhat busted pew that was perched in the middle of the lane of the pergola.

Searching for joy and happiness in our life seems to be our number one preoccupation in life. I can’t argue with that as I search for it myself. We look for it in the goals we strive for, in the relationships we establish and in the situations we find and put ourselves into.

When I walked into class the first day of my freshman year in high school in Lehman, Pa., I had a pop quiz. The very first day! The male teacher told us to take a paper and pencil because we were having a quiz. He said to number our paper from one to 10 and the test would be true or false. T…

I am praying to you in my time of trouble. I know you will answer me.

Hey Martha, could you hit the pause button on the movie, I need to go to the bathroom, and I don’t want to miss any of this movie, this is the best part? Charlie, man, could you press pause on this show, I’m so hungry, I need to go and get something out of the refrigerator, and we’re almost …

I find it interesting how children use their imagination. Some imagine monsters living under their beds, while others believe that a bear is waiting for them in the other room. My youngest son has a fascination with horses and thinks that I am his personal pony, who he can summon at will.

It was a stirring message. So much so that I want to share the basic outline with you.

“God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things he had already planned for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10 ERV)

He didn’t have anything to speak of. And yet, he had everything. He didn’t have a fancy car, or any car to speak of, because he couldn’t drive and didn’t need to drive. He didn’t have any fancy clothes. Even though, if he needed to, he would dress up with what would be his finest. Most likel…

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 Parish in Malone.

O LORD, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, For You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

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.