When Can We Get Back to Church?

Fr. Joel Church meets World

What peace we have, even in this wounded world where the battle rages on. We will not fear, for we know who heals our souls. Hallelujah is our song! When can we get back to church? I’ve had some variation of this conversation at least a dozen times. I know two things for sure: We will be open for public …

Though the Road be Long

Fr. Joel Church meets World

What hope we have, even in the longest night, for the light will overcome. We will not fear, for we know the sun will rise. Hallelujah is our song! The journey continues. While there has been a little light in terms of the opening of some ‘non-essential’ businesses, we continue our exile from Mass, with no end in sight. I …

Hallelujah Is Our Song

Fr. Joel Church meets World

What hope we have, even in the longest night, for the light will overcome. We will not fear, for we know the sun will rise. Hallelujah is our song. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! He is risen over all. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah is our song. This past week my family was engaged in a thoughtful, scholarly debate on the next steps out of …

The Long Lent of 2020 (Easter Message)

Fr. Joel Church meets World

Lent caught me by surprise this year. I didn’t have a chance to think up something new to give up, so I just resolved to keep up some good practices I had recently begun. Little did I know just how much we would all be giving up for Lent: going out to eat, barber shops, nail salons, dinner with friends …

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Day 9 – Patron of a Happy Death

Fr. Joel Church meets World

Saint Joseph is famously the patron of a happy death. What is a happy death, you might ask, and how do we know Joseph had such a death? Tradition holds that Joseph had died before Jesus began his public ministry. The Bible says nothing about the death of Joseph. The last time we actually see Joseph is when he and …

Day 8 – Patron of Fundraising

Fr. Joel Church meets World

Did you know that St. Joseph was a patron of fundraising? I didn’t either. In December of 2016, I met with Bishop Ricken to review plans for a new church. The plans gave us a very nice building at a very reasonable cost. But I was afraid we wouldn’t be able to raise the money. The parish community had tried …

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Day 7 – St. Joseph, Patron of Families

Fr. Joel Church meets World

Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation. This feast is celebrated 9 months before Christmas, and for good reason. It was the moment when the Angel Gabriel appeared to the Blessed Virgin Mary and invited her to become the Mother of God. Mary said, “I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to your word.” …

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Day 6 – Patron of Unmarried Women

Fr. Joel Church meets World

Until I read Bishop’s material on the Year of St. Joseph, I didn’t realize that Joseph was a patron of unmarried women. It makes perfect sense. Joseph and Mary were betrothed but hadn’t started living together. He discovered that his wife was pregnant without his involvement. What was he to do? The Bible says, “Joseph her husband, since he was …