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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     I have talked to several parishioners lately who have been attempting to reconcile with the church after being away from church practice for a time.  The people involved wanted to receive sacraments.  Many times, the people involved are not living in a situation that one would label “normal” although today one can wonder what normal is.  In this case, I speak of living…

19th Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018

19th Sunday/ The Eucharist is About Communion

Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life.”  And that is why we are here today.  Somehow those words inspire each of us.  But if we read on to the end of the Bread of Life discourse in the Gospel of John we hear how many of those who listen to what Jesus has to say, in the end, walk away from…

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     We are going to be initiating a new program which we are going to entitle Lasallian Day.  These days will be taking place twice a year and the purpose of the Saturday training is to raise up new leadership in our parish.  Leaders need to be formed and the purpose of this one-day program is to deepen people’s involvement in the parish.  The parish council has been…

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2018

18th Sunday, B/ “Soup and Manna”  

Some stories are so rich in meaning that we never absorb it all.  The danger is that when we start to listen to familiar stories, we turn a deaf ear because we say to ourselves, “I heard this one before.”

            The story of the stone soup is a story that is so ancient that we do not really know who the original story teller was.…

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     The Eucharist is at the center of our lives as Roman Catholic Christians.  During these summer Sundays we read the Gospel of John and the “Bread of Life” discourse (John 6:26ff).  Jesus states that he is the bread of life and the one who feeds on his flesh and drinks his blood will have life eternal. The Eucharist is said to be what keeps the church alive.  Without…

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2018

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time/ “Free Food, Free Service

“Hello, I am Mark and I am your server.”  How often has something like that been said to us in our lives?  Usually, we hear that line when we go out to a restaurant.

            We have certain expectations when we go out to eat don’t we? We are paying good money.  We expect to be waited on.  If our…

Homily Notes - Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018

16th Sunday of Ordinary time.  “Walls Will Not Help Us Love our Neighbor”


The Great Wall of China is 13,170 miles long.  The wall took 2,000 years to build.  The great wall has been called the biggest military project ever.  Also, it was called the longest cemetery in the world.  A million people died constructing it.  The wall was built because the Chinese…

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     The Multiplication of the Loaves is considered one of the greatest miracles of Jesus.  We think about it in terms of feeding the hungry.  We do not often think of it as an Eucharistic text.  But scripture scholars would hold that it is. 

     When we worship together we receive a bit of bread and a sip of wine.  We also receive a nugget of wisdom from the…

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     I wanted to give you an update on the progress we have made on maintenance around our campus.  Four years ago, as I began my pastorate here, we decided to address a lot of deferred maintenance around the Sacred Heart campus.    I think it is good to see how far we have come and the amount of money we have spent as we anticipate a capital campaign in the fall. These…

Homily Notes Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018

15th Sunday, “Let Go and Trust”

The instruction Jesus gives in today’s Gospel probably misinterpreted by many who hear it.  We can dismiss what he says as totally impractical, as too idealistic. Why?

            First, because most of us are not on a missionary journey.  We are pretty much cemented in place.  Most of us are not going out on the highway to preach expel…