Bishop Ricken’s homily for August 15

Benjamin Being Catholic

The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, in Champion Wisconsin, marks the only apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the United States to be approved by the Catholic Church. The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15th is the largest annual event at the Shrine. This year the Mass and procession was presided …

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Do You also want to Leave? (Homily for the 21st Sunday)

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Homilies

Ord21 – Do You also want to Leave? (17:00) Ordinary Time, 21st Sunday. It isn’t easy being a Catholic – medieval rituals, old-fashioned ideas, strange teachings, difficult rules, bad priests and bishops…  I have come to recognize that beneath it all, the Church preserves a real and faithful witness to Jesus Christ. Catholics (even Popes) aren’t always good and faithful …

Youcharist (Homily for the 20th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Youcharist (13:00) Ordinary Time, 20th Sunday. The crowds today are rightly shocked when they hear Jesus telling them to eat Him. Only after the Last Supper are His disciples able to digest what Jesus was talking about: the Eucharist looks and tastes like bread and wine but is really Jesus. Through the Eucharist we have Communion with God and become …

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Our daily Bread of Life (Homily for the 19th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Our daily Bread of Life (14:23) Ordinary Time, 19th Sunday. I recently visited a restaurant so full of distractions that it was impossible to share with the people you came with. When we go out to eat, we really want to share special moments with people we love. But we fill up the restaurant with so many things that we …

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Bless us O Lord (Homily for the 18th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Bless us O Lord (10:45) Ordinary Time, 18th Sunday. Long-distance travel brings out the worst in the Israelites. They grumble against Moses because they are hungry. God feeds them with quail and manna, “so that you may know that I, the Lord, am your God.” In the Gospel Jesus reminds us that it was not Moses who fed the people …