Mass5 – Let Us Pray | #114

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary 7 – The opening prayer collects your prayers and offers them to God. Why do we respond at Mass? You must say Yes to God; your salvation depends on it. Mass is a time to practice our Yes by responding clearly, promptly, and with our whole heart.

Jesus makes forgiveness possible (2 of 3)

Benjamin Human Relationships

In you haven’t already read Part 1, Why should I forgive?, I recommend taking five minutes to read it before beginning part two. Jesus began His mission by preaching “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Recognizing that not everything we have done is appropriate for the Kingdom of Heaven, changing our lives is the best way to …

Mass4 – Sing Your Heart Out | #113

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary 6 – We sing at Mass because God has forgiven our sins, because God is coming to meet us, because we were made to praise God. If we make it to Heaven we will be singing God’s praises for all eternity. It wouldn’t hurt to practice a little now.

The Holy Father greets the Apostolic Signatura

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

VATICAN CITY, 4 FEB 2011 (VIS) – This morning in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received participants in the plenary assembly of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. As the Pope pointed out in his remarks, this is the first time he has received members of the institution since the promulgation of its “Lex propria”, which he signed in 2008 …

Catholic and love football? You bet!

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Free Range

We know that conversions are always possible, but can a Bear fan become a Packer fan? Apparently so. Archbishop Listecki of Milwaukee, a long time Chicago native, has apparently become a Packer fan. When he was first appointed Archbishop of Milwaukee, Listecki told his new diocese that he was still a Bears fan at heart. He would root for the …

Homily for the Bishop’s Appeal

Fr. Joel Homilies

Bishop’s Appeal 2011 Video from Catholic Foundation on Vimeo. Dear Parish community, When I first was asked to come here, I was nervous about taking a job as a new pastor for three parishes. Mark Mogilka from Stewardship and Pastoral Services sat down with me and gave me a brief history of the previous pastors here so I would understand …

Mary of the Month (February 2010)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

One February 11th the Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the name of an apparition of Mary that happened in France 1858. An abundant spring of water flows out from the grotto where the apparition took place, and people go there to bathe in the hopes of being cured. This is a picture of the cave where …