Better is a Clean Heart (Homily for Aug 30)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary Time, 22nd Sunday. We work hard to keep our bodies clean and free from germs. But Jesus reminds us that a clean heart is better than clean hands. We have to work just as hard to avoid Spiritual Contagion. Fortunately, Jesus provides us with antidotes: Prayer, Confession, and Penance. (30 Aug 2009)

Fr. Joel’s homily for Aug 23

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord21 – Submit to Sacrificial Love (6:50)Ordinary Time, 21st Sunday. Ephesians 5 is a notoriously unpopular reading. However, if we read it backwards it begins to make more sense. St. Paul calls husbands to love their wives with the same love of Christ — self-giving, sacrificial love. Wives must submit themselves to being loved. As they then submit themselves to …

Why US Healthcare is Sick and Congress cannot fix it

Fr. Joel Society Today

Fr. Joel The government is currently in the process of "fixing" health care. Before they fix health care, maybe we should look at what else they fixed recently, like the US financial system. Is anybody else worried? I recently read an excellent article, "U.S. regulators could learn from Canada’s banks." Even after the financial shake-up, Canada ranks #1 in financial …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for Aug 15

Fr. Joel Homilies

Aug15 – The Assumption and a Wedding (10:13)Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Wedding Mass today falls on a beautiful Feast of Mary. What can Mary teach us about married life? First, she shows us how to give ourselves completely to God and one another. Secondly, she shows us the importance of constant communication. Third, she …

Life on the Edge, Day 4

Fr. Joel Church meets World

So you expected me to post day 3 next, didn’t you? HA!! Day 3 we went white-water rafting down the Cache la Poudre river (the name means Cache of Powder, dating from the voyageur days). But I didn’t get any pictures that day and we all know how boring it is to read a post without pictures. This charming picture …

Life on the Edge, Day 2

Fr. Joel Church meets World

Our second day we hit the trails once again in the Rocky Mountain National Park and started at the same trailhead. A mile or so up the trail, we took a turn and headed up steeper trails. After a long series of switchbacks we saw our first glacier (it was really just a pile of snow, but hey, this is …

Life on the Edge, Day 1

Fr. Joel Church meets World

I just spent the last week of my life in Colorado. It was a trip of about 50 people, half from Wisconsin and half from Iowa. We had squads with 6-8 teens in a squad and a couple of adult leaders per squad. The Oshkosh squads were known as Pink Squad and Green Squad. This trip is an opportunity for …

Fr. Joel’s Homily for Aug 9

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord19 – Seminarian Appeal (8:13)Ordinary Time, 19th Sunday. The prophet Elijah is exhausted and prays for death, but God feeds and sustains him. Our Church is tired too and sometimes seems to have little hope. But we have good news — God continues to work with, call and inspire young people. Our Diocese now has 22 seminarians and 10 of …

Fatherly priesthood

Benjamin Priesthood

Thanks to everyone who sent, “We’re glad you’re a priest,” greetings for the feast of St. John Marie Vianney. He poured everything he had into his priesthood, and God added a little more and made it special!Some people commented that they wanted to let me know I was doing a great job because they knew it was hard. I had …