Fr. Joel’s homily for Feb 14

Fr. Joel Homilies

This is the same Bishop’s Appeal as last week but at my other parish. This parish has video capability so here is the video we played. For more info check out CatholicFoundationGB.org

Fr. Joel’s homily for Feb 7

Fr. Joel Homilies

Bishop’s Appeal 2010 – Audio (6:00)Ordinary Time, 5th Sunday. Every parish is part of the Bishop’s Appeal, an annual collection to support the work of the Diocese. This isn’t really my homily; it is a copy of Bishop Ricken’s official taped address. For more information visit CatholicFoundationGB.org (7 Feb 2010)Readings | Subscribe | iTunes

Fr. Joel’s homily for Jan 31

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord4 – Worship is Giving (8:20)Ordinary Time, 4th Sunday. Why does Jesus walk away from Nazareth? They want to receive from him without giving anything. We often do this in our relationships, and in our worship of God. If we look to receive we gain a little. If we give of ourselves we gain ten times more. Yes, love is …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Jan 24

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord3 – Give, and Receive More (14:38)Ordinary Time, 3rd Sunday. God gives many different gifts, but when we start comparing gifts, we tend to lose sight of the generous giver. By being generous ourselves in giving firstfruits, a tithe, or everything, we discover a deeper truth: a Father who loves us. (24 Jan 2010) Readings | Subscribe | iTunes Essentially …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Jan 17

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord2 – Generous Receivers (13:28)Ordinary Time, Second Sunday. The Bible has three principles of giving: first fruits, tithing, and giving everything. They all have two things in common: recognizing that what we own is really a gift, and making room for God to be even more generous to us. So when it comes to giving, how generous do you want …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Jan 10

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ord1 – Child, I love You Baptism of the Lord. There was once a football player who yearned for his Father’s love and approval. At his Baptism in the Jordan God the Father speaks these words to his Son. Every child needs to hear the Father say, “Child, I love you. I’m proud of you.” (10 Jan 2010) Readings | …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Jan 1

Fr. Joel Homilies

Jan1 – How to be the Mother of Christ (7:50)Christmas: Mary, the Mother of God. Mary had the privilege of being blessed by God from the inside as she carried him in her womb. This is a privilege every Christian has as we carry God in our hearts. Mary will show you how to do it in this coming year. …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Dec 27

Fr. Joel Homilies

Chr – To be a Holy Family (6:50) Christmas, Holy Family. The recording is very poor so here is an abbreviated transcript of the homily. A couple of weeks ago a woman in our parish brought me a box of homemade goodies: applesauce, pears, jams, salsa, even cookies. So I put the box in the sacristy. After Mass I ran …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Christmas 2009

Fr. Joel Homilies

Christmas – Christ the Perfect Gift (8:10)Christmas Day. The best gifts are the homemade ones; they are one-of-a-kind and they reveal a lot about the giver. Christ is just such a custom-made gift. He reveals that God is a God of Love who wants a relationship with us. Are we willing to make room in our lives for this gift? …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Dec 20

Fr. Joel Homilies

Adv4 – Pregnant with Hope (6:30) Advent, 4th Sunday. The world has been growing darker, but meanwhile our Advent wreath is growing brighter. Hope is already in the world though we have not yet seen its effects. In the same way Mary is pregnant with hope, carrying Baby Jesus. Even though John and Elizabeth cannot see or hear Christ, they …