Every Christian has been given the Spirit of God (#727, Pentecost Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Holy Spirit is always working in the background to make the Kingdom happen in our lives. The Spirit is also working through us to bring the Kingdom to others. Each Christian has special gifts, called Charisms, for the work of the Church. [AUDIO]

The Kingdom May Be As Close As Your Next Bite of Food (#702, Advent 2)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Being a missionary disciple is about responding to Jesus in my life and helping others see His presence and action in theirs. Leading people to the Kingdom is urgent because the Kingdom is closer than we think. [AUDIO]

Why are You Idle? The Queen of Heaven Will Help You (#648, 28th Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Queen of Heaven wishes us to help with the conversion of Sinners. Evangelization happens when we see, hear, and love as Jesus loves. Why are you idle when others are working in the vineyard? Go and fear nothing, for she will help you. [AUDIO]

Eat, Drink, and be Mary (#604, Advent 4)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Mary was humble enough to receive Jesus, obedient, and generous. When you go to a party, do you welcome guests like Elizabeth does? Do you bring Jesus along with you like Mary does? It’s time for Christmas parties: Eat, Drink, and be Mary. [AUDIO]

It’s Time to Burn Your Bible — An Answer to the Rapid Decline of Christianity in America

Fr. Joel Being Catholic, Church meets World

The Burning Question One day we discovered two bags of old Bibles and Lutheran hymnals abandoned in the church lobby. Someone figured the church would know what to do with a bunch of old Bibles. They were pretty worn out; I decided that I should burn them reverently. So I piled them in a little metal fire pit and put a lighter …

The Baptized Need to Be Opened (#541, 23rd Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Lord Jesus made the deaf to hear and the mute to speak. May he soon touch your ears to receive His word and your mouth to proclaim His faith, to the praise and glory of God the Father. Spend quality time with Jesus and let Him “open” you. (6 Sep 2015)öwer_Titanic.jpg

Abandon Ship and Believe in God’s Merciful Love (#510, 3rd Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Jonah proclaims the same message as Jesus: Repent and believe in the Merciful Love of God. Time is running out for us, just like it was for the people of the Titanic. Abandon ship! God’s merciful love will catch you. (25 Jan 2015)

The Woman Who Conquered Mexico

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Mary of the Month

December 9, 1531, Bishop Juan de Zumarraga received an unusual visitor at his Bishop’s palace in Mexico City. The Spanish conquistadores firmly held the reins of power, having conquered the Aztecs and ended the pagan worship and human sacrifice. They were not kind to the newly conquered Aztecs. The Bishop’s visitor was one of the few converts to embrace the new religion. His …