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Homily: Twenty-first Wednesday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-first Wednesday of Ordinary Time (1 Thessalonians 2:9-13) “Earn Your Way”

St. Paul was a tentmaker. Few Christians would know that. Few Christians would probably know that he was a Pharisee. He had a lot of religious training. We are used to paying pastors a salary for their work, but this was not the way it was in the early church. Ministers had to be able to support themselves.…

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    The school year started this past week.  This will be a challenging year for all our children. There seems to be a lot of consternation about many things.  I wonder sometimes if we keep things in perspective.

    I heard for example that many vaccines are going to be thrown out in the United States because people do not want to be inoculated.  We have the right…

Homily: Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Homily: Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time (Eph. 5:21-32)         

We had a wedding at Sacred Heart this weekend. Weddings are wonderful celebrations. The vocation of marriage is a very challenging as most of us know. Marriage is also a basic building block of the church community. Every household is said to be a little church. With all this being said, it is troubling that the number…

Homily: St. Bernard of Clairvaux (2021)

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (2021) “The Saint Who Pushed Others”

St. Bernard was one of the giants of Western Monasticism. He lived in the 11th Century France. At that time, Benedictine monasteries had become very lax. A reform was underway. Bernard joined in a monastery that was trying to bring rigor back to the Benedictines.

He eventually was put in charge of a new monastery…

Homily: Twentieth Thursday of Ordinary Time

Twentieth Thursday of Ordinary Time (Judges 11:29-39) “Be Careful What You Promise.”

The story of Jephthah’s daughter is a disturbing one. We have any number of stories in the Bible of military leaders slaughtering the innocent in the name of God. We could be reminded of religious wars throughout the centuries. One could also be reminded of some of the atrocities committed during the crusades…

Homily: Twentieth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

Twentieth Wednesday of Ordinary Time (Mt. 20:1-16) “Fair or Unfair?”

In Palestine, in the first century, there were many “day laborers” who would go to a town square in the morning to look for work. If they got a job, it would probably only last for the day and pay only enough money to support their families for that day. The next morning, the bread winner would have to go back to the square…

Homily: Twentieth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

Twentieth Tuesday of Ordinary Time (Judges 2:11-19) “Does God Lead Me?”

As we hear about the chaos in Afghanistan, there seems to be nobody in charge. Having a country without a government can be confusing. We pray for all those who are suffering in fear and uncertainty.

In a way it reminds me of what was going on in Israel after the people entered the promised land. When Joshua…

The Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Dear Parishioners,

    There is an upsurge in the COVID –19 virus.  It does not seem to be subsiding.  For that reason, we would ask people to wear masks in church again.  We will have masks available at the door if you forget yours.  It has recently been shown that the new variant can be passed by vaccinated people so it would be helpful if everyone voluntarily would comply.  That way we…

Homily: Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast of the Assumption (Lk. 1:39-56) “How Well Do We know Mary?”

            We take a lot of pride in our gardens and our yards. If we were to drive down the street looking at all the homes, how would we know which ones are a Catholic household? We may see someone with a cross somewhere around their property which would tell us that they were Christian, but how would we know where the…

Homily: Nineteenth Friday of Ordinary Time

Nineteenth Friday of Ordinary Time (Mt 19:3-12) “Where Do Justice and Mercy Meet?”

Divorce has always been a thorny issue for religious denominations. If we want to wade into controversy, then we can start to talk about marriage policies in a religious context.

The Scribes and Pharisees always seem to be trying to trip Jesus up, so what better way than to have him comment on divorce…