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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     In the coming months we will be moving forward with our capital campaign.  Right now, we are training leaders and developing a case statement.  This is important work.  We then will begin to ask for donations.  When the first of the year comes we will launch the public phase of the campaign.

     One very important part of our campaign will be prayer.  What…

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     On Sunday October 21st at 4:30 p.m. our parish will be having a special prayer service.  The service will be for healing in our church.  We all struggle with how to respond to the sexual abuse scandal that has traumatized innocent lives.  The wounds are many layered.  Some of us know children who have been abused by a minister in the church.  We also have…

Homily Notes for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time/ “Who is Made in God’s Image?”

One of the quickest ways for a religious leader to get into controversy is to talk about marriage and divorce.  For a priest, the reason is obvious. We are single, so it is assumed we cannot know much about matrimony.  But I do not find that people who are married who present information on marriage fair much better. …

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     This week we are reporting on the parish finances for 2017-18 fiscal year.  I would like to thank Bobbie Vidmar our parish accountant and our finance committee for preparing this material.  You should receive the full report in the mail this week.  The news for last year was good.  As one man would often say to me in one of my past assignments, just give me the bottom…

Homily Notes for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2018

26th Sunday (Who Are the Prophets Among Us?)     

Recently, there was a news item about a man who is declaring himself a prophet.  He is making various political pronouncements saying that he has been appointed by God to speak for the Lord.  His actions can lead to the question, “How do we know who a true prophet is and who is not.”        

            We see that idea…

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     We are moving forward on several parish projects.  The environmental testing is complete on the First American State Bank property.  The company that ran the tests has found that the gas contamination is restricted to a small part of the property and that the contamination is within acceptable levels. The next step is to get a letter from the State of Illinois that…

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     I encourage everyone to install our new Parish App called myParishApp on your cell phone.  There is a lot of wonderful information that is contained on the application.  Technology is often used for scurrilous purposes, so it is nice to use our technology for something positive.

     One example of how the myParish app can be of spiritual benefit is that a…

Homily Notes from the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2018

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time, “Catechetical Sunday”

All students hate tests. When we take a test what we know about a subject is quickly shown.  Whether or not they have paid attention becomes abundantly clear.  We all know there are different types of tests.  Some students dread certain kinds.

            The tests I disliked the most in graduate school were oral exams. …

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     A parishioner pointed out that during these difficult days for the church it would be good to remember that during the Counter Reformation great saints did much work to purify the church.  We remember people like St. Francis De Sales, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. Ignatius Loyola.  We could mention many others. 

     If we go back to the 11th Century,…

Homily Notes 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2018


23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time…….”God Blesses Rich and Poor”

Who are those who are most pleasing to God?  Is it those who achieve material prosperity?  Or is it those who are poor in spirit?  We are confronted with that question in the Liturgy today. 

Once there was a deacon named Lawrence who lived in Rome during the earliest days of the church.  He lived…