January 20, 2019 – The 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

I.  Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection for the Unborn Children:   on Tuesday, January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision known as Roe versus Wade, which made abortion legal throughout the United States, and struck down many states’ laws restricting abortion. Since that decision, more than 50 million abortions…

January 13, 2019 – The Baptism of the Lord (Pastor’s Corner)

I.  Good News!  Because of a generous donor, soon we will be receiving 25 new chairs, most of which will be used in the present choir area; several others will be used in the sanctuary, especially when we have additional priests concelebrating. These chairs will match our pews; thus, we will gladly take the metal…

January 6, 2019 – The Epiphany of the Lord

I. Epiphany Vespers and International Potluck & 11th Anniversary of Ordination for Fr. Sinoj Pynadath! An Epiphany is a Revelation, a Manifestation of God’s unconditional love for each one of us. People diligently search for love, acceptance, meaning, success, fulfillment. Left to our own seeking, we almost always come up short. We need guidance, others’…

December 30, 2018 – The Feast of the Holy Family (Pastor’s Corner)

I.  Family Can Be Messy: Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were a family deeply immersed in rituals and traditions of their people. In today’s Gospel we hear how they kept the feast of Passover by traveling to Jerusalem to celebrate this holy day. In our lives we are given a family and also the family of…

December 23, 2013

I.  The Mystery of the Incarnation: God sending His only begotten Son to us as a baby, born of Mary; God taking on our humanity so that we can share His divinity. Jesus born 2000+  years ago in Bethlehem, Jesus will come in glory at the end of time, Jesus with us now as Emmanuel,…

December 16, 2018 – Rejoice/Gaudete Sunday (Pastor’s Corner)

Keeping Safe & Secure Project Update:  We are excited about the great progress being made! The porch deck and steps have been poured, the heating elements are installed, and the brick work on the front is well underway. The limestone center of the front brick work will feature the coat of arms of the Diocese…

December 9, 2018 – Second Sunday of Advent

I.  Instrument of God’s Presence: just as Mary and Joseph, Zachariah and Elizabeth, John the Baptizer, Isaiah and other prophets, were instruments of God’s presence, so are we called be to the presence of God—indeed, the presence of Jesus—as we journey through this season of Advent. May the following prayer challenge you as it challenged…

December 2, 2018, Advent begins

Gratitude & Farewell to the Currys!  As Doctor &  Deacon Dirck and Chona Curry move to Virginia, Illinois, we are grateful for their ministry and presence in our faith community, and beyond. You are invited to celebrate the 9:00am Mass on December 8, the Feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, which is also Deacon Dirck’s 16th…

November 25, 2018 – Christ the King

I.  Church Involvement: Receiving & Giving: What is your definition of Church? A big part of “belonging” to the Church, the “People of God,” is sharing your life, sharing who you are and what you have. Let’s face it, I will be accountable for how I have used everything God gave me. The naked truth is:…

November 18, 2018 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

I.  Gratitude & Stewardship: Are you aware of God’s blessings to you? Everything, all the gifts we have—our health, our time on earth, families and friends, our skills and abilities, our opportunities and possessions, even the air we breathe—come from God!  We need to not on these gifts; they are entrusted to us for our…