Pope St. John Paul II

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Official Vatican Prayer to Saint John Paul II Oh, Saint John Paul, from the window of heaven, grant us your blessing! Bless the church that you loved and served and guided, courageously leading it along the paths of the world in order to bring Jesus to everyone and everyone to Jesus. Bless the young, who were your great passion. Help …

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Catholic Divorce — Why Not? (Part 1 of 2)

Fr. Joel Being Catholic, Church meets World

The recent Synod on the Family has stirred speculations that the Catholic Church might relax her rules on divorce. Most Catholics are aware of three basic rules: Catholics aren’t allowed to get divorced. Catholics who want to remarry can go through the Annulment process which nullifies the first marriage and allows them to remarry just like anyone else. Catholics who get …

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What Does Not Belong to God? (#445, 29th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

God works behind world events to accomplish His plans. He invites the Jews to accept Jesus, the Chosen One. The Pharisees reject God’s plan for their lives and their country. What about us: are we open God, or do we have our minds made up? (19 Oct 2014)

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How to Keep Christ in Christians

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

I recently returned from a great men’s retreat. Like most retreats, the participants went home on a “spiritual high.” But this retreat emphasized followup before sending us out. They suggested meeting weekly with a small group and going through a short accountability list: Piety, Study, and Action. The idea is simple but brilliant. Here’s how it works.