Homily on the Introductory Rites of the new Mass

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?The Mass 2.0: Introductory Rites (16:30) You can follow along with the new Mass translation here: http://old.usccb.org/romanmissal/samples-people.shtml “And with your Spirit” Those of you who used the old Latin/English missals will find this response very …

Benedictine Nuns and Monks

Benjamin Free Range

One of the amazing things about the Catholic Church is the resilience of consecrated life. Here is a wonderful article on a congregation of Benedictine nuns at Tyburn Convent in London, which has been founding new houses of nuns all over the world. The convent in London was founded in 1903 by a French nun, Mother Marie Adele Garnier, who …

The Pope, Peace, and Agnostics

Fr. Joel Church meets World

VATICAN CITY, 27 OCT 2011 (VIS) – Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the historic meeting for peace in the Italian town of Assisi, called by Blessed John Paul II. For the occasion, Benedict XVI has made a pilgrimage to the city of St. Francis, accompanied by representatives of other religions and by non-believers, for a Day of reflection, dialogue …

Homily for the 30th Sunday

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?The Mass 2.0: A new Big Red Book This fall we will change to a new English translation of the Mass. You might have heard rumors or hype about the coming changes, but it all …

Five things that don’t belong in the “modern wedding”

Benjamin Church meets World, Free Range, Human Relationships

Once upon a time, in a land far away, the fairy tales ended with a wedding. Why a wedding? Marriage was something definitive, conclusive, like death, except that it was happy. Marriage was permanent, and so it was hard to imagine anything better than being bound for your whole life to a wonderful and loving person. There was also the …

Prayer for the memorial of Blessed John Paul II

Benjamin Free Range

October 22nd will officially be the memorial of Blessed Pope John Paul, if you are living in Rome or Poland. The nature of declaring someone “Blessed” is to allow limited public celebration in honor of that person. The prayer for the memorial has been published and if you are a priest but not in Rome or Poland, you’ll just have …

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Homily for the 29th Sunday

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Even Cesar belongs to God Ordinary Time, 29th Sunday. The Pharisees try to trap Jesus with a clever question. They ask, “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Cesar or not?” If Jesus …

Girl altar servers

Benjamin Free Range

The rector of Sts. Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix decided on a new policy – no girl altar servers at the Masses. Fr. John Lankeit, explained his decision from several perspectives: historically, that girls never used to be allowed to serve; philosophically, that men and women are different, priesthood is a male role and that altar serving is connected …

Homily for the 28th Sunday

Fr. Joel Homilies

[this homily was not recorded] Ordinary Time, 28th Sunday GK Chesterton once commented that people misunderstand the relationship of Jesus and the Church. They often think that Jesus is simple and nice, but the Church has made things complicated and confusing. The opposite is true. Jesus is sometimes complicated and confusing and the Church has tried to make things a …

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Homily for the 27th Sunday

Fr. Joel Homilies

Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | RSS | Why Subscribe?Daily Stewardship Ordinary Time, 27th Sunday. Are we renters or are we stewards? In today’s Gospel, the renters try to use the property for themselves. They forget who really owns it. We often have the …