bride and groom

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 …


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 …

+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)

The Mass 2.0: Please Respond | #147

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary33 – This feels like a Y2K moment for the church: a whole lot of hype for not a big deal. Why bother? You get out of Mass what you put into Mass. If you are getting nothing out of Mass, I think we know where the problem starts. Please respond.

The Mass 2.0: The New Creed | #146

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary32 – It’s easy to hide in a crowd. But what do I believe? I believe that Jesus is “con-sub-stantial” with the Father. If we learn the Creed well, we will also learn how to recognize God when He appears in humble ways every day.