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Bishop’s Appeal: Missionaries of Hope | #911

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Ordinary 4 – Today our guest homilist, Bishop Ricken, kicks off the annual Bishop’s Appeal. If we really lived what it means to be a “Catholic”, that second reading would apply to us. How is God calling YOU to be a missionary of hope?

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Easter 2016 “The Kingdom Has Come”

Fr. Joel God & Faith

For generations Israel waited and hoped for a new King. He would be a son of David anointed by God (‘the Christ’) to establish a new Kingdom on earth (Isaiah 11:1-10). For three years Jesus had been preaching and teaching. Angels had sung at his birth and wise men traveled far to honor him. He healed the sick and even raised the dead. Was he the …

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How to Find Hope in Suffering (#614, Lent 3)

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Featuring Deacon Michael: God knows well what we are suffering. St. John Paul II and Blessed Chiara Badano both found hope by uniting their sufferings with the sufferings of Jesus. They encountered Jesus and came to know I AM as Our Father. [AUDIO]

What does the Catholic faith say about shootings? Subtitle: is Elliot Rodger in Hell?

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The news last week was about a shooting spree in California. The news was disturbing, not so much because of the number of victims, but because of crazy randomness of the whole event. The protagonist was a 22 year old name Elliot Rodger. As best as journalists can determine, the event began when he stabbed three roommates – all three …

+334+ The Spirit in the Fire (Pentecost)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Our school fire last year was a terrible tragedy, but the Holy Spirit was moving in that fire to bring something bright, new, and so much better. The Spirit continues to work in the Church to bring unity, to purify us, and to speak to us in every language. The Spirit also moves people to step forward to serve the people of God in special ways – Priests, Deacons, Lay Ministers. The Spirit is moving in their lives and ours. Come, Holy Spirit!

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+307+ The Lord is Near to Newtown (Advent 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Advent, 3rd Sunday – No one gets away with evil — not me, not you, not Adam Lanza. We have seen our darkness and sin, and our powerlessness to stop it. We need a Savior, and He is near, in our midst. Come Lord Jesus! Come and save us. (16 Dec 2012)