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Homily for October 28, 2012

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Jeremiah 31:7-9 Hebrews 5:1-6 Mark 10:46-52 October 28, 2012 Bartimaeus was a blind man and a beggar.  Physically, as a blind man, Bartimaeus would not have been able to work in the common jobs of the time.  Since he could not work, he was forced to become a beggar.  […]

Evangelization – What Is It?

Our Evangelization Team met this week for an extended session to help learn about what they have done in the past and what they would like to do in the future.  It was also a chance for me to share with them some thoughts about what evangelization means to me and what evangelization ministries I have […]

Homily on Suffering

Here is my homily for this past Sunday. 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Isaiah 53:10-11 Hebrews 4:14-16 Mark 10:35-45 October 21, 2012 “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” This is the question that James and John ask of Jesus.  I imagine every one of us would […]

Receiving the Eucharist

The topic of who can receive Communion in the Catholic Church has come up a couple of times in recent weeks.  It probably began about the time we had the “divorce readings” on Sunday.  The topic of divorce and receiving Communion is often misunderstood.  Divorce itself does not prohibit one from receiving Communion.  For instance, […]


We have six parishioners who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation along with others from our region on October 23rd.  Here at Immaculate Conception I help lead the preparation sessions so I have been thinking about this sacrament and would like to offer some thoughts on it. Confirmation is one of the three […]

Homily on Helping the Poor

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Wisdom 7:7-11 Hebrews 4:12-13 Mark 10:17-30 October 14, 2012 Stewardship Commitment Sunday “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” It’s a question many of us might like to ask.  We want to be with God.  We have been created to be with God in Heaven. […]

Homily for October 8, 2012

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Genesis 2:18-25 Hebrews 2:9-11 Mark 10:2-16 October 7, 2012 It is not good for man to be alone. These are the words that our God after he created the first man.  We are not created to be alone.  We are created to be loved, loved by God and […]

100 Days

This week I passed the 100 day mark as pastor.  It has been a very busy 100 days.  When I was preparing to leave my last assignment as the Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of the Lakes, a few people said to me that as pastor, I would end up working even more hours.  I […]

More on Sunday’s Gospel

I want to take a moment to comment on the second part of Sunday’s Gospel that I didn’t discuss during the homily.  Jesus says if your hand causes us to sin, cut it off.  If you foot causes you to sin, cut it off.  If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out! This sounds […]

Sunday Homily – September 30, 2012

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Numbers 11:25-29 James 5:1-6 Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 September 30, 2012 John comes to Jesus concerned that a person is driving out demons in Jesus’ name because, apparently, he is not part of the same group as John.   Jesus’ reply is to say that the person could only […]