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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     We had a wonderful witness given at our 11 a.m. Mass last Sunday.  Eli Gaeta, one of our high school seniors, asked if he could speak at the end of Mass.  He is heading off to College.  This is a moment of transition in his life.  He wanted to thank Sacred Heart for what the parish has done for him in the last eighteen years.

     I did not ask him to speak. …

Homily Notes 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

19th Sunday of Ordinary Time, “A Tiger by the Tail”

Many stories have been told about boats, storms, the sea and survival.  We think of stories like Titanic, Mutiny on the Bounty, Moby Dick, The Perfect Storm.  The stories are about facing fears.  Virtue is revealed.  Weakness is seen.

            We read of several boat stories in the Gospels. We remember the story of…

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     The strategic plan that was written about two years ago continues to guide the direction we are following in our parish.  One of the aspects of that plan was the desire to develop new leaders in the parish.  We are passing the torch from one generation to the next. The World War II generation, as it is often called, is fading away.  That generation offered leadership…

Homily Notes Feast of Transfiguration 2017

Feast of the Transfiguration.  “Two Flashes of Light”

Certain events change the course of human history.  Such events can be cataclysmic.  People know when they happen that the world has changed.

            On August 6th 1945, Colonel Paul Tibbets was flying a bombing run over Hiroshima Japan in his B 29 bomber. The bomber was named the Enola Gay.  The aircraft was named after Colonel…

The Transfiguration of The Lord

Dear Parishioners,

Fr. Matthew Cole is going to use my column this week to introduce himself.  Thank you to all who have welcomed him.  I think I can speak for our parish is glad to have another ordained minister among us. Fr. Matthew is very open about his various experiences.  He has some fascinating stories to tell about his Christian journey.


Fr. Mark



17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioner,

     In Palestine, there were several ways of fishing. One way was for a fisherman to stand on the shore throwing a net.  The net would fall in the water and the fisherman would let it sink and then pull it in.

     Another way to fish was to have a net strung between two boats.  The net would hang several feet down in the water.  Other boats would “herd fish” toward…

Homily Notes 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Can we Find the Treasure?  17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Our readings this summer day cause us to question what is of value as well as what is not.  In the first lesson, King Solomon can have anything in the world, but he does not choose riches or power.  He asks to have an understanding heart.  Paul…

Homily Notes 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Are Weeds a Good Thing?  16th Sunday of Ordinary time.

          When we were children we all remember the first days of spring. One of the sure signs of spring was that a certain weed would start to grow; the dandelion. To little children the dandelion is a beautiful flower. To adults, dandelions are a nuisance that needs to be eradicated.  But even grown-ups make wine out of…

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioner,

     The fall is approaching fast.  This means that Seton School will be opening soon.  We have had a Catholic School at Sacred Heart from the earliest days of the parish’s history which dates back to the turn of the 20th century.  Fr. Culemans believed in the importance of education.  He also believed that a good education was the key to immigrants becoming…

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioner,

     Many of you have met Fr. Matthew Cole by this time.  Fr. Matthew will be taking his turn at presiding at Mass, hearing confessions and helping with other sacramental ministry.  It is wonderful to have another ordained minister for a couple of months.

     One of the tasks that I would like Fr. Matthew to engage in is visiting the sick.  The last couple summers…