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 …

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Your Seat in the Symphony | BP#836

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary 15 – No you can’t “be anything you want to be.” But that’s OK because your Creator has blessed, destined, and chosen you. You have your own special seat in the symphony. Learn to listen to the Conductor and play your roll well.

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!

Touched By Love | BP#834

Fr. Joel Homilies

13th Sunday – Jesus touched José, Greg, and Kyle through Confessions, daily Mass, and CYE. Sometimes we have to seek Jesus and take hold of his garments. At other times we need to stay put and wait for Jesus. Are you confident in Jesus’ love for you?