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Hot? Cold? Snow? Rain?
By Father Bob Kraig:     These times of the year are always challenging. Transitional weather! You can go out in the morning and it is 60 degrees outside and by the evening it is in the 30s and either raining, snowing or possibly sleet or whatever. You can wear a light jacket over a sweater to a restaurant and take your jacket o...

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Blue Striped Shirts And Santa
Blue striped shirts and Santa! By Father Bob Kraig The upcoming holiday season (or current – depending on how you see it) always brings to mind how my relationship with Santa Claus changed. I remember my mom taking me downtown to see Santa at Higbees on the seventh floor as was our custom. I anxiously awaited my turn to see Santa...

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Soooo – what’s the winter forecast? I guess when we hear things on the news about ‘our winter forecast coming up right after the break’ on newscasts we immediately wonder how much snow, rain, the temperatures, etc. – what will they be like? Will we have a warm winter like last year? Or will it be the ice, ...

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Is The World Ending?
The recent success of Cleveland Sports Teams have moved some people to jokingly say the following: The Cavaliers won the NBA championship, the Monsters won the American League Hockey championship, the Indians are in the world series and if the Browns win a game this year the end of the world will be upon us. If you live in Cleveland an...

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Monks at Gethsamene
By Father Bob Kraig      Wow! What an amazing week God blest me with last week (Oct. 10-14) when I made my yearly retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemane. My priest friend from Buffalo, whom I made the retreat with, had been there a couple of times before and told me how special this place is – and I was not disappointed. ...

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Faith!
By Father Bob Kraig     Thank you to so many for the gift of faith. While ultimately faith is a gift of God I am more and more convinced as I minister with people that we grow in our faith through so many faith-filled Christians. It is easy to believe that faith is about memorizing and knowing facts and having answers through...

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Keep The Leaves On The Tree - Yes? No?
By Father Bob Kraig     Every year sometime in either September or early October I ask our maintenance staff what their plans are for keeping the leaves on the tree that would be falling or depending on when I joke around with them the leaves that have already fallen. We always joke around about it. One time they told me they...

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CALIX
By Father Bob Kraig      This past Sunday, Sept. 18, I had the privilege of celebrating Mass with CALIX, a Catholic group of men and women who have been affected with the disease of alcoholism at the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma, Ohio in addition to having their family members present. Many of these men and women (many of ...

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Polish Flag?
By Father Bob Kraig      I was privileged to celebrate God’s mercy and forgiveness at a couple of our weekend liturgies this past weekend. While it is something I do every weekend with our praying community it was especially moving this past Sunday, Sept. 11. There was something there – perhaps God’s Spiri...

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Saint Mother Teresa
By Father Bob Kraig     This past Sunday the Roman Catholic Church canonized Mother Teresa. The 20th century saint has been an inspiration to many and I am grateful that we here at Saint John Neumann were able to add a beautiful statue of her to our church four years ago when we added the four we did: St. John Neumann, St. John ...

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Back to School
By Father Bob Kraig The other day I was talking to a parent who had just taken their child back for their second year of college. The parent mentioned that last year brought tears when they left their son and this year reflection. Obviously there are certain events that cause us to ponder, to reflect, to question, to wonder to think ab...

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A ruby 40 years
By Father Bob Kraig This past weekend was the beginning of our parish’s 40th anniversary celebration. The 12:00 noon mass and festival in the afternoon was a great kick off. Anniversaries, whether a parish, wedding, graduation, class reunion, whatever are wonderful times to reflect and ponder. One looks back and can see many joyf...

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