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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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The Perfect Christmas

Fr. Joel Church meets World

It was almost Christmas and they were far from home. They had every intention of spending a quiet holiday season. But urgent business required him to travel, and she refused to stay home without him. Technically this was his hometown but family connections were distant, and plans to stay with family had fallen through. It seemed like nothing turned out …

Become a Preaching Podcast Patron

Fr. Joel Church meets World

The Brother Priest Preaching Podcast is a labor of love. I love preaching and I love tinkering with computers. I tinkered enough and a podcast was born! I keep tinkering to find ways I can put out a top-quality product for bottom-basement cost. I love hearing from people who value what I do. I love it ever more when people …

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The Day the Sun Danced

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Mary of the Month

The fall of 1917 brought a strange controversy to the newspapers of Portugal. Three small shepherd children in the little village of Fatima claimed that the Blessed Virgin Mary had been appearing to them monthly beginning on May 13 of that year. The supposed appearances had caused much scoffing and ridicule, especially among the communist and anti-Catholic press. But crowds …

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Are You Running at 99%?

Fr. Joel Church meets World, The Loving Life

My office computers run Windows 10 (I have two offices, therefore two office computers). Recently one of my computers slowed down dramatically. A look at the Task Manager showed that the computer was using 99% of its CPU. That means the computer is thinking really hard. This should only happen briefly when I’m opening a big application or doing a job …

Concussion: A Hard-Hitting Movie

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Society Today

“Nothing hits harder than the truth” is the tag line from the movie Concussion. Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith), a Nigerian immigrant and county coroner, investigates the tragic death of former football player Mike Webster (David Morse). He won’t stop digging until he discovers the true cause of death: football. That’s not something the National Football League wants to hear. …