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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners,

     The last half of Lent, we begin to read exclusively from the Gospel of John.  John has a high Christology that emphasizes the divinity of Jesus.  The Johannine Jesus is not driven by the forces around him, but the Jesus we meet in this Gospel seems to orchestrate his own demise. He is in control. 

     Jesus, in the Gospel of John, speaks of his hour.  What…

Laetare Sunday 2018

Laetare Sunday…..Rejoice in God’s Mercy

On Laetare Sunday we emphasize joy.  We rejoice.  Somehow it seems hard to rejoice because we live in a sad world.

            The Christian message falls on a lot of deaf ears today.  We have more people that doubt God’s existence than ever I our society.  Our country is still involved in its longest war in Afghanistan.  The…

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners,

     We are now at the half way point of Lent.  This is Gaudete Sunday.  Gaudete is the Latin word for praise.  During the past week we celebrated Reconciliation Services with our grade school students.  This week Alleman will be having similar services.  We are still asked as Catholics to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the Lenten-Easter season.  This…

Homily Notes 3rd Sunday of Lent 2018

3rd Sunday of Lent,   “Which Commandment is the Most Important?”        

“Hear O Israel the Lord your God is Lord alone.  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and all your soul.” The prayer I have just uttered is the beginning of the Shema, the prayer that devout Jews say at the beginning and end of every day. Christianity has added the phrase. …

Third Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners,

     In the next week I will be writing a letter to the diocese asking that Sacred Heart Parish be allowed to accept a gift.  The gift is most unique.  When I first arrived in Moline I was approached by the management of First American State Bank.  They wanted our parish to buy their building since they had plans to move.  This is the property right behind Culemans Hall. …

2nd Sunday of Lent 2018

          2nd Sunday of Lent, “God Keeps Promises”

Do we trust those who make promises to us?  When we make promises do we keep them?

            God put Abraham to the test.  How hard it is to imagine a loving God testing someone.  And what a test it is!  What kind of sadistic God would ask someone to sacrifice their son. For that reason, the origin of this story is hotly…

First Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners,

     I would like to congratulate the RCIA candidates who went through the Rite of Enrollment at last weeks 11 a.m. Mass.  They are:

  • Michael Eddy, Elysa Groepper (Candidates)
  •  Brooke Klein, Amanda McLean, Kayla Ochs, Fran Ryan and Julie White (catechumens)

     The RCIA candidates remind us of two very important things.  One is…

Homily Notes First Sunday of Lent 2018

          We Catholics like to put labels on religious concepts.  So, we describe different types of grace.  We talk about actual grace.  We also speak of sanctifying grace.  Another grace is habitual grace.  And then we have the grace that is mentioned at one point in the new translation of the Roman Missal, that type of grace is called prevenient grace. Grace is related to our ongoing relationship…

First Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners,

     Mark the evangelist was a man of few words. He does not write differently when he describes Jesus’ temptation in the desert.  I find it interesting that the gospel says the Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert.  It sounds like Jesus did not have a choice.  He was going to be challenged one way or another.  The desert is not simply a physical place, but it is a spiritual…

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time/ “Jesus Our Suffering Servant”         

How can you understand?  You are not like me.  If we were honest, we would probably say this is thought that we often have about God.  How can the creator the of the world, the all powerful one, understand my feelings of pain, loneliness, insecurity, disappointment?  God has got to be too big for that. Someone once speculated…