Fr. Joel’s Homily for May 31

Fr. Joel Homilies

Pentecost – Our Friend the Spirit (3:13)Easter, the Feast of Pentecost. We have all experienced the power of good friends to help and encourage us. The Holy Spirit is like a good friend: he accompanies us, encourage us, and talks to us about the Son as we walk and sing on our pilgrimage to Heaven. (31 May 2009) Readings | …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for May 24

Fr. Joel Homilies

Easter7 – God never Abandons his PeopleEaster, Ascension of Our Lord. Jesus appears to abandon his disciples when he leaves them to return to heaven. But God never abandons his people; Jesus continues to be present and active through the power of the Spirit. In the same way, some might say that God has abandoned his Church today. But God …

Holy Pilgrimage!

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

I’m out of the office this week, I tell people.“On vacation?”, they ask.“No, I’ll be on pilgrimage.”“All week?”“Yes. I’m walking from Oshkosh to Holy Hill. It’s a distance of 65 miles.”“What?????? You’re walking???”Yes, I am. The tradition of the pilgrimage is one of the oldest in our faith. Here is some explanation: PilgrimagesThe Israelites were fond of pilgrimages. Their annual …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for May 17

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:21 — 2.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Easter, 6th Sunday. Jesus asks the impossible: Love your enemies… Do good to those who hate you… How could we be expected to do that? With the gift of love that comes …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for May 10

Fr. Joel Homilies

Easter5 – The Vine, the branches and Motherhood (6:20)Easter, 5th Sunday. Some explorers searched the New World for the Tree of Life which was supposed to give immortality to those who drank its sap. We have this tree among us — Jesus. He is the vine, we are the branches. Jesus gives his own divine life to his disciples. In …