bride and groom

A Marriage “in the Church” not in a Church?

Fr. Joel Church meets World

“Father, can you officiate my backyard wedding?” I get these calls several times a year. “No, I’m not allowed to celebrate a wedding outside a Catholic Church,” I explain. One US Diocese is temporarily permitting priests to celebrate outdoor weddings. It’s a one year experiment in meeting people where they are at (in the backyard, apparently). I understand the importance of …

Pilgrimage Slideshow 2018

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Thank you to all the walkers, supporters, and generous parishes that hosted us. It was a wonderful journey together and a time to unplug from “everyday” life and plug into God, nature, and our connections with other people. I’m looking forward to next year already!

Prophets, Fireflies, and Fireworks | #835

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary 14 – God calls you to preach the Gospel in your own town and to your own family. Here are three suggestions for preaching the Gospel to your children: 1) Let yourself be challenged and changed 2) Pray with your children 3) Play with your children.