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Homily: Nineteenth Thursday of Ordinary Time

Nineteenth Thursday of Ordinary Time (2021) “Who’s in Charge?”

When a great leader dies or leaves, many times people will feel despair. There is a fear that everything is going to collapse or that things will never be the same. The greatest leaders are those that prepare a successor and prepare those who follow them to trust in their successor.

Moses was a great leader in that he…

Homily: Feast of St. Clare (2021)

Feast of St. Clare (2021)

St. Clare is an interesting figure. She was always overshadowed by her more popular friend St. Francis. Both saints lived in Assisi a thousand years ago. Both came from wealthy families. Both were supposed to follow their parents’ plan for their lives. Francis was destined to be a wealthy cloth merchant like his father. Clare was probably destined to be the wife…

Homily: Feast of St. Lawrence

Feast of St. Lawrence (2 Corinthians 9:6-10)

Deacons in the early church had the task of taking care of the poor. Pope Francis has continued the tradition in that he has an “almoner” whose job is to serve the poor around the Vatican. The Pope has had meals with the homeless. He also put in showers so they can wash up in the restrooms by St. Peter’s colonnade.

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    I am sure there are many questions that we have regarding the COVID outbreak. As a pastor it is a great challenge to try to keep up on all the latest information.  Some concerning news that I have heard is that those who are vaccinated can carry the virus and spread it.  Another disturbing piece of news is that the Delta virus can spread to other people in as little…

Letter to the Parish: August 8, 2021

Fr. Mark had no homily today since it was Mission Appeal Weekend.

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…

Homily: Feast of the Transfiguration (2021)

Feast of the Transfiguration (2021) “Love is the Measure”

We have been reading the last several days from the Book of Exodus. In that book of the Bible, we hear about God’s interactions with Moses. There is a pattern to those interactions. Moses usually goes to Mount Sinai to converse with God. We also hear how a cloud comes down and covers the mountain when God is there. We are told that…

Homily: Eighteenth Thursday of Ordinary Time

Eighteenth Thursday of Ordinary Time (Numbers 20:1-13) “Is God Grumpy?”

The Book of Numbers seems to portray a lot of grumpy personalities. We have the people of Israel who are following Moses through the desert to their new home. The desert is not a very nice place to be, but the people do have their freedom. Unfortunately, they complain over and over about their lives anyway.

In…

Homily: Feast of St. John Vianney (2021)

Feast of St. John Vianney (2021) “Saint with Perseverance”

I heard a priest who was celebrating his golden jubilee share how he was told repeatedly when he was in seminary that he would never make it as a priest. He had trouble with his studies. He was too unsophisticated. The people who were forming priests tried to get the priest to drop out. But the jubilarian said to his fellow priests…

Homily: Eighteenth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

Eighteenth Tuesday of Ordinary Time (Numbers 12:1-13) “Mercurial or Merciful?”

Miriam was one of the five women prophets of the Old Testament. She was the older sister of Moses and saved him when Pharoah was putting all infant boys to death. She convinced her mother to hide Moses in a basket and set him afloat on the river. She then followed Moses until he was discovered by Pharoah’s daughter.

She…

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    We received word recently that the Annual Diocesan Appeal will be held in September.  The monies are used to offset the cost of various ministries in the diocese and for diocesan administration.  This year our goal will be approximately $115,000.  This is six thousand dollars less than last year. The fact that we made goal last year was a big help to the financial…