A Gift to be Shared

Fr. Joel Church meets World

One of my biggest struggles as a priest is that people often assume that I will be handing the Gospel to them. They expect me to come prepared to Mass every week with a great and uplifting homily. How much work does the average Catholic put into preparing themselves for Mass? I guarantee you, if every Catholic spent just 15 …

Mass2 – Why Worship in Church? | #111

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary 3 – God has chosen holy places, like the Ark and the Temple. Jesus is the new Temple; it is His presence that makes Church holy. “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!”

Why should I forgive? (1 of 3)

Benjamin Human Relationships

In a previous post I talked about family healing, and how the key elements to this healing are accepting the love of God and accepting our parents with all their shortcomings. When their conduct was very hurtful, the healing demands a real process of forgiveness. Forgiveness is difficult to understand and I want to spend three posts talking about it. …

Baptism – Children of the King | #109

Fr. Joel Homilies

Baptism of the Lord – Jesus is the Son of the King. Jesus’ mission is to teach us that we are also Sons and Daughters of God. We were each adopted by God at Baptism. Let’s live so that the Father will be well pleased with us.

Mary of the Month (January 2011)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

At the beginning of every year, January 1st, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Her tender love for Jesus and His Divine love for her is extremely hard to capture, although once in a while an artist succeeds. I was very happy to have found this wonderful statue, which is a depiction of Our Lady of …