Friday, August 3, 2012

Finally -- a post!

Hello Everyone. 

Okay, so I'm not too good with blogging.  I had good intentions but find that it's not something I can keep up with.  However, I have found a new way for me to keep in touch with folks, and that's through Twitter.  I enjoy writing little tweets every once in a while about the Faith, Scriptures, the parish, or whatever.  If you would like, feel free to follow me: @FrWack

May God continue to bless you in abundance.
Fr. Bill

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Hello Everyone. Okay, it's been a few months since I last blogged. I'm trying to figure out a new way to stay in touch with people so be patient with me!

I pray that you are having a good Christmas so far, as we are only halfway through the season. This weekend we celebrate the New Year in the secular world and the feast of Mary, Mother of God in the church. As we give thanks for all that we have experienced in the past year let us ask Mary to intercede for us and to bless us in our efforts to know and do God's will in the new year.

Announcement: Thanks to the efforts of several folks we now have videos of some Bible classes that I gave to the parish up on YouTube. You can view it via the parish webpage ( or from YouTube directly. It's a small effort to get the Word out about the Bible.

May God bless you and your families during this holy and joyful season of Christmas.
Fr. Bill

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Dear Friends,

Okay, it's been a few months since I blogged. Sorry about that. "They" keep saying that it will slow way down in the parish during the summer, but "they" must not know about St. Ignatius Martyr! June and July were fairly busy here as many of our programs continued, our liturgies were well-attended and celebrated, and renovations on the school ceiling were fully underway. (The new ceilings and lights look fantastic, and everything was done on time.)

Even though our teachers are preparing to set up their classrooms and welcome students in a couple of weeks, summer is not over! Please remember to take some time for yourself over these next few weeks to pray and relax a little, if possible. It will, no doubt, get busier soon enough. But as Jesus said, "Let tomorrow take care of itself; sufficient for a day is its own problems" (Mt 6:34). May God bless you abundantly during this grace-filled time.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Congratulations Fr. Paul!

Deacon Paul became Father Paul on Saturday, April 30 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Indiana. It was a wonderful ceremony on a beautiful spring day, witnessed by hundreds and hundreds of people -- including nearly 80 of our parishioners. I don't think that I ever saw Fr. Paul NOT smiling the whole weekend! He did very well presiding over his First Mass the next day, even though the Basilica was filled with family members, friends, parishioners, students and fellow Holy Cross priests, brothers and sisters.

Paul, thank you for saying "Yes" to God's invitation to serve us as a priest. Be assured of our prayers for you as you bring Christ to us through the sacraments and through your very life!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Triduum and Easter!

Hello everyone.

In a few hours we will begin the Triduum liturgy celebrating the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. Everything we do during the rest of the liturgical year comes from and points to this one great liturgy. Most of all, we need to remember to approach these mysteries not as bystanders but as participants. On Holy Thursday we are with Jesus in the Upper Room, hearing him say, "Do this in memory of me." On Good Friday we follow the Lord to the cross and the grave, keeping vigil with the holy women. On Saturday evening we celebrate with the whole world the Resurrection and the gift of new life which it brings to us. Standing outside the empty tomb we can proclaim with the earliest apostles: "He is Risen!"

May this special time bring you the grace and peace of Christ. Please know of my prayers for you and your families on Easter and throughout the year.

Fr. Bill

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Hello to everyone out there!

The great season of Lent has begun in our Church, and here at St. Ignatius Martyr we were happy to welcome LARGE crowds of people at all of our Masses and the Service of the Word with ashes yesterday. I think it shows that we all know that we need to be reconcilied with God and with one another, and that we hunger for a greater relationship with our God. May our Lenten practices of fasting, almsgiving and prayer help our efforts to "Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel".

Please join us if you can for our parish Lenten Mission which will be held this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings. Pastoral team members as well as other leaders in the parish will offer reflections on the Gospel stories of "The Woman at the Well", "The Man Born Blind", and "The Raising of Lazarus". We will begin each night with a reflection in English, after which there will be a bi-lingual prayer service, and then a reflection in Spanish. Please pray for the success of our efforts.

God bless you!
Fr. Bill

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Hello Everyone. Nothing new to report today -- no marathons, no special liturgies or anything like that -- I'm just checking in. We are looking forward to our Stewardship Recognition Celebration tomorrow evening here at the parish. Twelve parishioners will be honored for their service and dedication to the community (which is something we do every year). While it is an honor for the individuals who will be recognized it gives us an opportunity to thank EVERYONE who is an active part of this wonderful parish. As well we hope that others will embrace the call to be good stewards of the many gifts that God has given us.

May God bless you in abundance today.
Fr. Bill

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Well, it's over. Thanks to a LOT of help from the school and parish community I was able to complete 26.2 miles on the treadmill today in the Family Center. It was a fantastic day, with many folks calling in, watching the live feed or coming by to check it out. We also recorded donations in excess of $15,000 for our ceiling renovation project.

Now I'm pretty tired so I'm going to take a looooong shower and then get some rest before celebrating Reconciliations tonight. After that, it'll be early to bed for this guy!

Thanks for watching/reading. May God continue to bless you.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

10 hours away!

Okay, I've tried to drink a lot of water today, I've been keeping loose all day and I just ate a huge plate of pasta at Macaroni Grill. I think I'm ready for tomorrow's big event. I'm really excited for the marathon to be here as I believe it is bringing a lot of excitement from the community, and attention to the fact that our school building needs some renovation/upkeep. All of this will help us to restore those old, ugly, stained ceilings this summer -- and to bring us efficient and better lighting for our hallways and classrooms.

Thank you for all of your support. We truly are blessed to be part of this wonderful community.
God bless,
Fr. Bill

Monday, January 31, 2011


Only two days to go for the big walkathon! I'm sure I could have done a better job preparing, but I feel ready to do this. I walked 15.1 miles last night and feel fine today. I just need to "carb up" and make sure I drink a lot of fluids before Weds. We received a lot of good support yesterday after all the Masses and are on our way toward reaching our goal to raising thousands of dollars to renovate the school ceilings. Please keep spreading the news about the event and point people to our website for more information (and a live feed all day Wednesday!):

God bless,