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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     We have two sacraments among the seven sacraments known as the sacraments of healing.  The two sacraments I am referring to are the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Fr. Matthew and I anoint dozens of people every month and celebrate Reconciliation in the hospital, in nursing homes and at home.  Sometimes people face critical…

Homily Notes for 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time----“We are the Stewards of Creation”

          Once there was a Bible Study.  At a session the parables of Jesus were being read.  As people shared one person said, “Well these are just nice stories we should not read anything into them.”  We seem to hear a lot of people express this kind of sentiment about the teachings of Jesus.  The parable we share…

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     Everyone should have received a financial report in the mail this past week.  Most of the news was very good.  Because we had bequests, a successful Heart to Heart fund drive and our endowment appreciated the past year, this allowed us to take on many capital projects.  We still have a couple of more to complete.

     Some of you will probably notice that…

Homily Notes 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time-“Whose Life is Important?”

          Sex, money, religion, politics, moral questions……what is the list of topics that we avoid in everyday conversations.  We usually talk about the weather, perhaps sports…..we keep things light in social situations.  We steer away from the topics just mentioned.  Maybe that is wise.  But how much do we lose by doing…

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     We begin Respect Life Month today.  All human rights begin with the right to life.  We have had many debates about what it means to be Pro-life the last 43 years.  There is a plethora of life issues.  We remember all of them this month. 

    Unfortunately, it seems to me, that we who claim to be pro-life spend a lot of time fighting among ourselves about what…

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     In Judeo-Christian tradition, it has always been taught that societies should take care of the widow, the orphan and the alien.  These persons represented those who were most vulnerable in the Jewish mindset.  Countries would be judged by the Lord as to how they took care of those in most need.

     Right now, there is a lot of debate about resident aliens…

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     Next weekend Fr. Matthew will be making an appeal for the Society of African Missions.  This is the religious community that he belongs to. It is a custom to make an appeal for the missions once a year in a parish.  I think that this appeal is much more effective if a parish personally knows a missionary.  We have all had an opportunity to get to know Fr. Matthew…

Homily Notes - 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

          24th Sunday of Ordinary Time--------“Holding Tight or Letting Go”

“Wrath and anger are hateful things yet the sinner holds them tight.”  People often hold onto grudges.  The writer of Sirach says we sometimes cling to our hurts as if we must. 

            What does that look like? One example Sirach could have used to explain might have been the experience of…

Homily Notes 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time.  “Accompany First, Judge Last.”

          “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” This is St. Paul’s version of the Golden Rule which is in the 2nd lesson today.  The Golden Rule demands a special kind of love.  We might wonder if it is possible to love someone we do not even know if we can’t love those closest to us.

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     Last week we received interesting information from the Diocese of Peoria about new legislation passed in the State of Illinois.  Here are a couple of items that might be of interest.

1.Beginning this year, the education expense tax credit will be increased from $500 to $750. As a reminder, the credit is for tuition, book and lab fees and can be claimed for…

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