What is a Deacon?

Fr. Joel Being Catholic

Our Diocese recently ordained 4 permanent deacons and one transitional Deacon. If you were wondering, “What’s the difference?”, you’ve come to the right place. Who are deacons? In the Catholic Church, “the clergy” consists of three groups of ordained ministers: bishops, priests, and deacons. While all members of the church are called to minister to others by virtue of their …

God calls each person (3 Sun OT)

Benjamin Church meets World, Homilies

St. John the Baptist was sent to preach repentance to everyone who needed to repent. This included King Herod, even though preaching to the king ended his career. When Jesus was preaching, His message was quite personal. Jesus did not stop with stereotypes, but He saw each person. When we look at a crowd of people, we see a crowd, but God sees each and every person. God sees each person, God knows each person, and God calls each person to be part of His work.

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+311+ Your vocation to Love (2nd Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Ordinary Time, 2nd Sunday. God calls us to live lives of love. Your vocation is the particular way that God calls you to love. There are two primary vocations: Marriage and Celibacy. God calls us to become who we were already made to be. How do we find our vocation and follow it? Our Gospel gives us four clues. Through the Eucharist Jesus lays down His life for us so we can lay down our lives for one another. (20 Jan 2013)