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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    Many people are probably not aware of the fact that we have two men who declared their candidacy for the permanent diaconate last Sunday at the Cathedral in Peoria.  The ceremony means that they have completed the first year and a half of their training.  The diocese has decided to let them move forward and they have decided to continue.

    Mike Maynard and…

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    Last week we had a Stewardship Sunday.  It is not too late to sign up for a ministry.  We will have lists to sign after Mass this weekend or you may call our office to get involved.  We have four ministries that we would like people to volunteer for. 

    Two of these ministries are liturgical ministries.  I would like to clarify a couple of issues concerning…

Homily Notes 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time



19th Sunday of Ordinary Time/  “Are We Called to Something More”         

Parables are a unique way of preaching.  When we hear a parable, we usually two realities set side by side.  The…

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    Today we are having a Stewardship Sunday.  We have several ministries that we need volunteers for.  This involves donating some time and being willing to serve in the name of Jesus.

    One of the very important ministries at Sacred Heart is serving funeral luncheons.  We can have 50 of these a year.  People, who are in mourning, appreciate having fellowship…

Homily Notes 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time 2019

          “Blessed are the poor in Spirit.”  We are familiar with this beatitude of Jesus but his words lead questions like these.  Can a follower of Jesus be wealthy we might ask?  Is it wealth that is a sin or is how we relate to our possessions that is problematic?  Jesus talked about wealth and poverty more than he talked about sexual morality, yet most Christians concentrate far more on the…

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     Do you know who the architect was for Sacred Heart Church?  The lead architect was a man named Zachery Taylor Davis of Chicago.  Davis designed the gothic chapel for Quigley Preparatory Seminary in the windy city.  In the same year he and his firm designed the new Sacred Heart Church in Moline. How Fr. Culemans contracted with Davis is lost to us in history, but it…

Homilyl Notes 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time, “What Kind of Friendship Do We Have with God?”

In the New Testament the letter of James 2:23 says:

“Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him has justice”; for this he received the title “God’s friend.”  God’s friend.  What a wonderful achievement.  Being God’s friend should be the goal of our spiritual life. Many spiritual writer’s…

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    As you can see, part of the stained-glass window in the choir loft has been removed. Repairing the stained-glass windows in Sacred Heart Church will be a three-phase project that will be scheduled over the next year.  When I looked at the pieces of stained glass that were removed last week, it is apparent how damaged the windows are.  The sections of glass that were…

Homily Notes 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

16th Sunday of Ordinary time/  “Women and Men are Made in the Image of God”

Jesus lived in a time when interactions between men and women was very regimented.  But Jesus didn’t adhere to all the customs of his society.  He seemed to cross certain boundaries that usually weren’t crossed.

            When we picture the story we just heard about in the scriptures concerning…

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    I want to keep you informed about a couple of maintenance projects;  these are major parish ventures.

    We have taken possession of the New American Bank on 16th street this past week.  The bank gave us their building after they removed all hazardous materials and readied it for demolition.  This is an attractive piece of property because it adds…