August 21, 2020

In this issue:

Culture Catholicism: Neither culture clique nor social club

About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.


  1. This sounds like the same theme as Fr. James Altman’s recent youtube teaching “You can not be Catholic and Vote Democrat”. My! He has sure received chastisement from “authority” for merely speaking the same truth as what you wrote! Undeniably, Truth-seekers are all lining up behind him. It is not political as much as it is Catholic! (Capital C!) Living faithfully in this world requires active participation in forming our nation correctly which means voting using knowledge from proper faith formation.

    • Thank you, Diane. You are correct, of course. To be capital C Catholic requires more than a religious affiliation checkmark. It requires, demands a full and complete surrender to Christ and the teachings of “his” Church. Is it easy? No, it is hard. Christ never said, “Go out and design your own church.” Christ never said, “Follow me halfway.” Christ never said, “I carried the cross so you don’t have to.”

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