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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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348 years ago…

Fr. Joel Being Catholic, Life on Planet Earth

…the first Mass in the Green Bay Diocese, the state of Wisconsin, and most of the Northwest Territory was celebrated in Oconto, WI. All over Wisconsin there are historical markers that detail the visits of explorers and the exploits of early settlers. In the city of Oconto we have the most amazing historical marker. It’s worth at trip to town …

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You Are What You Eat (#630, Corpus Christi)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Trinity gives himself to us in the Eucharist. Under the appearances of bread and wine hide the Body and Blood of Christ. The bread is changed so we can be transformed. Are you allowing yourself to become the Body of Christ? (30 May 2016)

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+320+ Communion: Union with Jesus (Family Mass 5)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Communion means Jesus is always with us; we are never alone. Mass has taught us so many wonderful things that we must go tell the whole world the Good News of God’s love! That’s a big job but we can do it because we have union with Jesus. When people see us, they should see Jesus in us. Go live the Gospel of the Lord! (3 Mar 2013)

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+304+ Offertory: Give God your Stuff (Family Mass 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Family Mass #3 – The Offertory. God has been very generous to us. The bread and wine, given back to God, becomes Jesus Christ. In the same way the “stuff” of our lives, when offered to God, becomes something holy. Give God your stuff. (4 Dec 2012)