three people wood working

Want More Peace in Your Family? Do This One Thing | #1006

Fr. Joel Homilies

Holy Family – All that family togetherness over Christmas probably taught you that you’re not the Holy Family. What was their secret? Jesus was obedient to his earthly parents, and Mary was obedient to Joseph, because Joseph was obedient to God.

This Year Elves Put Up My Christmas Tree | #1005

Fr. Joel Homilies

Christmas – We hide from the darkness of our past and our fears. Jesus comes to be your friend, a friend who is the Light. He loves you and wants a relationship with you. What do you have to do? Just leave the door unlocked!

baby Jesus nativity scene

Christmas Letter for 2019

Fr. Joel Church meets World

A Light in the Darkness Some days it can be hard to have hope. School shootings. Missing children. Domestic violence. Global terrorism. Climate change. Cancer; it seems always another person has gotten cancer. Mental Illness. Suicide. A college Freshman told me she has lost three high school classmates to suicide. If that isn’t a sign of hopelessness, I don’t know …

coffee cup and tea kettle

All He Wants for Christmas is You | #1004

Fr. Joel Homilies

Advent 4 – God offers the gift of a relationship with Himself. Joseph welcomes the Christ Child even though it totally changes his plans. Are you willing to let friendship with God be the most important thing in your life?

Jesus offering his hand

New Life in Christ

Fr. Joel God & Faith

Part 4 of a four-part series on the Good News. Created by God our Father Kidnapped by the Enemy Rescued by Jesus Christ New Life in Christ The Jews had been slaves in Egypt. Then Moses came and led them out. As the Israelites marched out into the desert, they thought they were free. But their wandering in the desert …

mary with an advent wreath

What is the Reason for the Season? The Answer Will Surprise You | #1003

Fr. Joel Homilies

Advent 3 – Jesus comes to rescue us from lies of the Enemy. God has not abandoned you. Your sinfulness is the reason for the season. We can trust God. If your Advent season has proven your need for a savior, then Rejoice, because the Lord is near.

jesus saves peter from drowning

Rescued by Jesus Christ

Fr. Joel God & Faith

Part 3 of a four-part series on the Good News. Created by God our Father Kidnapped by the Enemy Rescued by Jesus Christ New Life in Christ Why did Jesus die on the cross? We know that the cross was an instrument of torture and oppression. Roman citizens could not be crucified; it was reserved for slaves and foreigners. Crucifixion …

man leaping off a cliff rejecting his father

Are You a Victim of Identity Theft? | #1002

Fr. Joel Homilies

Advent 2 – The Devil is a creature made by God. He became evil when he rebelled against God. His lies cause the human race to mistrust God and disobey Him. We have become enslaved by forces of Sin and Death. And we can do nothing to free ourselves.

wandering track through the wilderness

Searching in the Darkness for Your True Identity | #1001

Fr. Joel Homilies

Advent 1 — We searched for an hour to find a dead deer in the dark woods. Eventually the blood trail led us to the deer. Not only do we live in God’s creation, but we are God’s creation! Follow the Blood of Jesus to find your true identity.