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Homily: Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine (1 Timothy 6:2c-12)

Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine (1 Timothy 6:2c-12) “What Kind of Leaders Do I follow?”

First and Second Timothy are part of what is called the pastoral letters of St. Paul. The pastoral letters are addressed to specific bishops in the early church. We could say they are instructions on how to be a bishop. We might also describe them as pep talks to younger men who needed reassurance as they…

Homily: Feasts of Cornelius and Cyprian (Lk 7:36-50)

Feasts of Cornelius and Cyprian (Lk 7:36-50) “Attitude of Gratitude”

When I was growing up our family would get into our Studebaker on Sunday afternoon. Often it seemed like we had little clue where we would end up, but my father would take us for a ride. He would stop at a relative’s house or some friend that he had not seen for years. Often, we did not call ahead, we just showed up. Whoever…

Homily: Our Lady of Sorrows (John 19:25-27)

Our Lady of Sorrows (John 19:25-27) “Where Does Mary Suffer Today?”

Recent events in Afghanistan have been very disheartening. The death of American military personnel is distressing. Another thing that has been sad is the difficulties that women will face in the immediate future. Afghan women had hoped for a better future. Young girls were going to school. Other women were able to take…

Homily: Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (John 3:13-17)

Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (John 3:13-17) “Lifting Jesus Up”

The feast of the Exaltation of the Cross is tied to St. Helena, the mother of Constantine. She was a devout Christian who went to Jerusalem in the 4th Century. There was a pagan temple built over the place of Jesus’ death and burial. Helena tore down the temple and built The Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher.…

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    Stephanie Hill informed me a few  weeks ago that she was taking another position.  I am sorry to see her depart.  She has been a very faithful employee for many years.  Often, she was the first voice people heard on the phone as they approached the parish. She was courteous in her demeanor and always diligent as she kept many of the records of the parish. Stephanie…

Homily: 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Mk. 8:27-35) “Can I Give Up Control”

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Mk. 8:27-35) “Can I Give Up Control”

          The call to Christia discipleship is a call to make a sacrifice.  We could ask, do we ever understand all the implications of that call?  Someone once said that we need to be given a gift twice in order to fully embrace the gift.

            We see that in the story of the Apostle Peter.  Peter…

Homily: Twenty-third Friday of Ordinary Time (1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14)

Twenty-third Friday of Ordinary Time (1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14) “Look in the Mirror”

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” I am reminded of that quote from St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians as I read the passage in First Timothy from today’s Mass. Paul gives a very frank assessment of his many shortcomings.

He remembers how he prosecuted members of the church at…

Homily: Feast of St. Peter Claver

Feast of St. Peter Claver  “Called to Serve the Powerless”

When I was in graduate school, I spent a month living in inner city Indianapolis with about twenty other seminarians. A lot of time was spent in the African American Catholic community. I was impressed by the upbeat nature of the liturgy in the parishes and by the depth of faith I witnessed. One of the organizations that was important…

Homily: Feast of the Nativity of Mary

Feast of the Nativity of Mary (2021) “The Impossible is Possible”

The genealogy of Jesus is unusual in several ways. The first thing that we notice is that the Blessed Virgin Mary’s name is mentioned at the end. The normal way that a family tree was listed was through all the men involved. Mothers were not listed.

We notice several women in the genealogy of Jesus. For instance, Solomon’s…

Homily: Twenty-third Tuesday of Ordinary Time (Lk. 6: 12-19)

Twenty-third Tuesday of Ordinary Time (Lk. 6: 12-19) “Sermon on the Plain?”

One of the most famous speeches every given was Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. We read that sermon in the Gospel of Matthew. We do not hear of this sermon in the Gospel of Mark or the Gospel of John. What about the Gospel of Luke?

In the Gospel of Luke Jesus goes up on the mountain with his disciples and he…