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“Expectations and how not to Fail” (Homily for Lent 5)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Expectations and how not to Fail (8:30) Lent, 5th Sunday. Our lives are filled with expectations from all kinds of people: family, friends, coaches, parents, our children, our church, our boss, and most of all, Ourselves. We set expectations for ourselves constantly and then we go out and fail them. So we ask God for help and guess what: we …

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“Admit who you Are” (Homily for Lent 4)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Admit who you Are Lent, 4th Sunday.  I don’t like to admit it, but it’s true: I know who I am. I’m the kind of person who snacks while watching TV instead of getting things done, and then make excuses about it. But sometimes it is hard to admit that the face in the mirror is really me. Today’s readings …

St. Anthony School Fire Virtual Walkthrough

Fr. Joel Church meets World

Our school looks intact from the outside so I shared this video with the Parish on Sunday to help them see what it looks like on the inside. It was meant to give the school parents and parishioners of St. Anthony a chance to see inside their damaged school. Some of the rooms escaped virtually unscathed and others were very …

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“Cast the clutter out of your Temple” (Homily for Lent 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Cast the clutter out of your Temple Lent, 3rd Sunday. Jesus casts out the sellers and money-changers because the temple should be about one thing: God. We are temples of the Holy Spirit. Our lives should be about this one thing too. Today we are given the 10 Commandments to remind us put God first in our lives, and to …

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“A future full of Glory, a present full of Hope” (Homily for Lent 2)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Lent2 – A future full of Glory, a present full of Hope Lent, Second Sunday. America: the Land of Opportunity! America used to be a place of boundless optimism. Science, technology, and medicine were constantly improving our lives. If something was still a problem, it was only because we hadn’t got around to solving it yet. Today was better than …

Mary of the Month (March 2012)

Benjamin Being Catholic

This dramatic image of Mary is entitled Queen of Peace, in Latin Regina Pacis. It is in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, and it was placed there by Pope Benedict XV, when World War I was devastating Europe. In the statue, Mary holds her hand out to ward off the evil of war while the child Jesus …