I’m Fr. Craig Collison, pastor here at St. Lawrence in Carroll and Holy Family in Lidderdale. Thanks for visiting our website and we hope your summer season is one of rest and relaxation but also one that allows you a ton of family activity, and fun following all kinds of summer events.
Feel most welcome as you browse our website. St. Lawrence looks forward to the celebration of our Centennial in August of 2016. Our bishop, the Most Reverend R. Walker Nickless will be with us Sunday, August 14 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of St. Lawrence at the 10:00 o’clock Mass. Come join us!
If you are in the area and looking for a place to celebrate the Eucharist this summer, please consider joining us! Weekend Masses at St. Lawrence are at 4:00 PM on Saturday and 8:00 and 10:00 AM on Sunday; at Holy Family in Lidderdale at 6:00 PM on Saturday with the first weekend of the month, 8:30 on Sunday Morning. Our weekday Mass at St. Lawrence is celebrated at 7:00 AM Tuesday through Friday.
Have a super summer.
Most sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Craig A. Collison, Pastor
St. Lawrence – Carroll
Holy Family – Lidderdale
Diocese of Sioux City – Prayer for Vocations
God our Father, we beg You for an increase in religious vocations. Help our people offer their lives in service to You. Let them hear Your Spirit’s invitation, and awaken in their hearts a desire to respond with courage, generosity, and joy. Raise up from our families faithful leaders who will serve as priests, deacons and consecrated religious, as we entrust to Your care all who seek to do Your will. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Brian Feller, Parochial Vicar
WHAT SHALL I RETURN TO THE LORD FOR ALL HIS BOUNTY TO ME?
I WILL LIFT UP THE CUP OF SALVATION AND CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD. Psalm 116:12-13
Being a priest is awesome. On June 6, I celebrate the one-year anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood of Jesus Christ. The ordination was very awe-inspiring for me. I felt a little nervousness and a lot of excitement during the hours preceding the ordination Mass. As soon as my classmate, Fr. Michael Cronin, and I walked into the cathedral during the entrance processional, peace and joy rushed into my soul. This moment of new beginning had been a long time coming. There had been a lot of consideration, prayer, wrestling, and studying going into this day of ordination. There was no better preparation or help going into this day than the Holy Spirit who assisted me in making my promises to the Bishop and in offering my life to Jesus’ service in our church. I am still reflecting upon the change in my soul and life that occurred when the Bishop prayed silently over me. How ever many true ways there are to describe this moment, I would say there was a sense of desire and fulfillment. Desire to be all for God and God fulfilling this desire in me.
I imagine that my brother priests and anyone who has made a lifelong commitment, such as a husband or wife, have the maturity they have because they have put their ideals into practice through great reliance on God and strength of heart. It is not easy to live up to the ideals we make for ourselves. Sometimes, our ideals need to be refined or replaced by others. Other times, the values that you or I hold are not the values God our Father wants to guide us. And to what ideals we hold, our character is so fashioned. When these waves of ideals crash against the rocks of reality and we are forced to make a choice, this is the moment that each worthy ideal shapes reality itself; and reality, in turn, tests the authenticity of each ideal. So perhaps the two extremes are inauthentic idealism and cynicism. In between is the strong foundation of Christian realism.
Over this past year of priesthood and past two years of my life as a deacon, there have been plenty of rocks. Perhaps they are pebbles compared to what is to come. I imagine that is the case (because Fr. Collison has been guiding me along the way and making things smoother for me). One of the rocks in my life is 24. Twenty-four hours in a day, that is. There is only so much time (and also energy, although I still sometimes feel like a kiddo with lots of time). I am having to learn to prioritize my use of time with what God wants me to do at the parishes, school, and beyond, and the guiding principle is: Charity. Perhaps, you feel this way about your daily schedule: so much to do, so little time. No worries, we can work it out together.
But wherever there is an ominous rock, God is there. This is one of the awesome parts about being a priest. Seeing God present in difficult moments making sure that everybody is cared for is awe-inspiring. God is very active in our lives. Sometimes he chooses to work through specific people in our lives. For example, he has worked in big ways through my spiritual directors and my parents. He has also helped me out by working in you. The love, acceptance and support of my parishioners is wonderful. You are a great support in my life. This transition into summer is an apt time to reflect upon the people who have been there for us in the last year and to give thanks.
I am grateful for being a priest because I feel like I have found God’s way for me to be happy and grow in charity. It is a stretching vocation because it stretches me in ways I would not have been stretched otherwise (and I am talking more than my belt size!). God stretches our hearts when he calls us to love each other. So, couldn’t we say that the ideal of love crashes against any unredeemed self-centeredness left in our hearts? How will the chips fall? Just like this young priest is a work-in-progress, we can be too. By the way, we are practicing Catholics, we are not perfect yet. God is with us each step along the way. We don’t want to let the ‘perfect’ blind us of the good God is doing in each present moment. I am learning a lot here, having a lot of fun, and growing as a priest. Thank you for having me as your assistant priest. If there are any other young men thinking about being a priest, I would be happy to tell them more about the goodness of one year of priesthood.
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