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Homily Notes First Sunday of Lent 2018

          We Catholics like to put labels on religious concepts.  So, we describe different types of grace.  We talk about actual grace.  We also speak of sanctifying grace.  Another grace is habitual grace.  And then we have the grace that is mentioned at one point in the new translation of the Roman Missal, that type of grace is called prevenient grace. Grace is related to our ongoing relationship…

First Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners,

     Mark the evangelist was a man of few words. He does not write differently when he describes Jesus’ temptation in the desert.  I find it interesting that the gospel says the Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert.  It sounds like Jesus did not have a choice.  He was going to be challenged one way or another.  The desert is not simply a physical place, but it is a spiritual…

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time/ “Jesus Our Suffering Servant”         

How can you understand?  You are not like me.  If we were honest, we would probably say this is thought that we often have about God.  How can the creator the of the world, the all powerful one, understand my feelings of pain, loneliness, insecurity, disappointment?  God has got to be too big for that. Someone once speculated…

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     On March 3rd we will be having our second leadership training day.  One of the main goals of the strategic plan that was written by the Parish Council a couple years ago was that new leaders needed to be raised up in our church. In August, we had a day long training session that was presented by senior parish leaders.  The day was well received, and some…

Homily Notes Fifth Sunday of Ordinary time 2018

          5th Sunday of Ordinary Time/ “God is Always with Us”

“Is not all man’s life on earth a drudgery.”  A lot of us might be feeling that way today.  The 1st of February has come.  The holidays are over.  Flu season is in full swing.  Any of us could utter the words I just quoted.  But they came from the mouth of Job.

            Perhaps these words surprise…

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     Ash Wednesday is fast approaching. As Lent arrives, it is good to plan out what we are going to do so that we take advantage of this six weeks of renewal.  Our parish will have many activities that we can take part in.  We have the regular daily Masses and devotions.  It is good to try to attend those. 

     We also will have special activities. For example,…

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2018

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time…… “How do we Teach with Authority?”      

“What do you want of us Jesus of Nazareth?”  Someone once said that this is the key question of Gospel.  It is one thing to say we follow Jesus. It is another to do something about it.

            Jesus had a lot of encounters with evil spirits as he begins his ministry in the Gospel of Mark.  When Jesus…

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     Today we begin Catholic Schools week.  The first thing Fr. Culemans did when he launched Sacred Heart Parish at the turn of the 20th century was that he started a school.  The Belgium immigrants, who founded our parish, supported him and sent their children to Sacred Heart School and helped raise the necessary funds to pay the expenses.  The Sisters of…

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

3rd Week of Ordinary Time……….. “Who Determines the Quality of Life?”

Receiving a Call. Leaving what we know. Following Jesus into to the unknown.  Perhaps we find it hard to imagine that anyone could just walk away from a comfortable life into an uncertain future?  For this reason, the call of the fishermen has always been thought to be referring to very specialized call for a…

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     January is a month when we remember the Roe vs. Wade decision that occurred in 1973.  Millions of babies have been aborted over the last 43 years. We can be heartened by the fact that it seems more laws have been passed to protect babies in the womb. 

     During the latter part of January, we will be having two symbols by the Blessed Virgin Mary statue in…