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The Nativity of St. John The Baptist

 Dear Parishioners,

      On March the 19th Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Exhortation entitled Gaudete et Exsultate.  The title is means Rejoice and Be Glad. This is spiritually challenging document.  It concerns living an authentic spiritual life.  Many times, we think that we must be a little strange to be holy. That is not the case.  In fact, there are…

Homily Notes 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2018

11th Sunday of Ordinary Time/  “God Makes the Kingdom Grow”

Many of us are pulling weeds out of our yard during this time of year.  Somehow it seems appropriate, in this summer season, to hear Jesus talking about a weed in the Gospel, the mustard plant.  How can a weed be like the Kingdom of God we ask?

            We probably have had to deal with a lot of weeds that…

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     During the past week the priests of Moline and Coal Valley had a meeting with Diocesan Officials to share the results of the feasibility study done by the Steier Group regarding the capital needs of all the parishes that support Seton and for Seton Catholic School itself.  We are seeking input from the Diocese of Peoria, so we may know their wishes as we move forward…

10th Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018

10th Sunday of Ordinary Time…….. “Stewards of All Things”

          Executives from Exxon Mobile, Royal Dutch Shell, British Petroleum and other companies got together for a meeting this week.  Now that might not seem all that unusual.  But the meeting took place at the Vatican.  The oil execs were discussing environmental issues.  We might say, “What has this got to do with religion?” …

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

Father Mark, your pastor is away on a retreat. Retreats are used to recharge our spiritual battery or batteries. Before father left I asked him to pray for my personal intentions, which I wrote on apiece of paper for his reminder. And now I have this overwhelming task to write some inspirations for you in his stead. I make no apologies to begin with.

I remembered…

The Most Holy Body And Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Dear Parishioners,

     We just finished the Easter season. During that time of year, we celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation.   Many people receive the Eucharist for the first time.  It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm of someone who has converted to the Catholic faith when they receive the Body and Blood of the Lord.  Also, it is great to see the awe on the second graders’ faces when…

The Most Holy Trinity

Dear Parishioners,

     I used to love parades.  Whenever it was announced that we would have one in my home town I wanted to go.  We seemed to have quite a few of them.  Some parades were long.  Others were shorter.  Every Memorial Day we would have a parade.  This was a short one. There would be a police car, a fire truck, the high school band, and most importantly the veterans would march. 


Pentecost Sunday 2018

Pentecost…………… “Freed of Inhibitions”

Pentecost is one three great religious feasts of the church year.  When we think of the religious holidays the first two that come to mind are Christmas and Easter.  But without the Pentecost event we would not be sitting here today.

            Pentecost is a word that means 50.  Fifty days after the feast of Passover every year the Jewish people…

Pentecost Sunday

Dear Parishioners,

     Have you ever taken a risk before?  Have you ever tried something new?  We might be the type of people that always play it safe.  Yet, at certain moments in our life, we might have said, “I have to act now, or opportunity will pass me by.”

     When we talk about moving with the Spirit we often feel reluctant.  When we lose our hesitation, though, great things…

Feast of the Ascension 2018

Feast of the Ascension-----“The Never Ending Story”

          In 1985 a movie came out called “Clue.”  The movie was based on the board game by the same name.  In the movie was a murder mystery that had three different endings.  If you watched the movie at home, you could pick the ending you preferred.  The movie did not do very well at the Box office, so we could say that the concept of…