Fr. Joel’s homily for Dec 27

Fr. Joel Homilies

Chr – To be a Holy Family (6:50) Christmas, Holy Family. The recording is very poor so here is an abbreviated transcript of the homily. A couple of weeks ago a woman in our parish brought me a box of homemade goodies: applesauce, pears, jams, salsa, even cookies. So I put the box in the sacristy. After Mass I ran …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Christmas 2009

Fr. Joel Homilies

Christmas – Christ the Perfect Gift (8:10)Christmas Day. The best gifts are the homemade ones; they are one-of-a-kind and they reveal a lot about the giver. Christ is just such a custom-made gift. He reveals that God is a God of Love who wants a relationship with us. Are we willing to make room in our lives for this gift? …

Christmas Memories

Benjamin God & Faith

– Fr. Benjamin Christmas has always been a time of great excitement for me. My parents made church services an important part of the Christmas season, and often my father would read the account of Christmas from the Gospel of Luke. When I was young, however, the excitement focused on the candy and cookies that we would make, and on …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Dec 20

Fr. Joel Homilies

Adv4 – Pregnant with Hope (6:30) Advent, 4th Sunday. The world has been growing darker, but meanwhile our Advent wreath is growing brighter. Hope is already in the world though we have not yet seen its effects. In the same way Mary is pregnant with hope, carrying Baby Jesus. Even though John and Elizabeth cannot see or hear Christ, they …

H1N1 and the Priest

Fr. Joel Priesthood

Even priestly ministry has been touched by swine flu. Our local Catholic hospital has put special requirements in place for anyone who is dealing with H1N1 patients. Specifically, you must wear an N95 “particulate mask” when dealing with such patients. This mask is designed to fit tightly around the face and filter any airborne viruses. As a priest on call with the …

Living Well – True Joy

Fr. Joel The Loving Life

At his weekly Angelus this weekend, Pope Benedict blessed the Baby Jesus for nativity scenes. His little address is very interesting. If what he says is true (I’ll let the reader judge that), it contains the key to true joy: “It is a source of joy for me”, said the Holy Father, “to know that your families still conserve the custom …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Dec 13

Fr. Joel Homilies

Adv3 – Rejoice, the Lord is Near (7:50) Advent, 3rd Sunday. Rejoice in the Lord always, the Lord is near! John the Baptist calls his listeners to their deepest desires – Peace, Joy, and Unconditional Love. These desires can only be filled by God. Advent is the season of realizing our need for God and of refusing all the things …

Fr. Joel’s homily for Dec 6

Fr. Joel Homilies

Adv2 – Make way for the King (5:25) Advent, 2nd Sunday. The king is coming and he promises to bring Glory, Joy, Light, Justice and Peace, but only those whose hearts are open to receive him. What are the mountains of pride in your life that need to be leveled? What are the valleys of woundedness that need to be …

Soft sole moccasins

Benjamin Free Range

– Fr. Benjamin My little brother’s slippers had holes in them. He likes to take his shoes off at the door and wear moccasins all day long, and he had worn through his $17 slippers. “We could make you some moccasins,” I told him. He was excited at the idea of a project. Before going home for Thanksgiving break, I …

Living Well – Gratitude

Fr. Joel The Loving Life

"We must change from looking at the lack in our lives to looking at the abundance in our lives and being grateful." – LaVon Rader This little quote was part of a presentation on living a simple abundant life at the Diocese of Green Bay’s convocation for 2009. When I heard it, I realized that I had personally been looking …