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The Visitation of Mary

By Fr. Jeff | 05/31/2021

Today (May 31st), we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of Mary. One might wonder why this feast falls at this time of year. We are in Ordinary Time. However, yesterday, for our Sunday Mass we celebrated the Solemnity of…

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The Most Holy Trinity, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 05/30/2021

The Most Holy Trinity, Year BDeuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40Psalm 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22 (12b)Romans 8:14-17Matthew 28:16-20May 30, 2021 Today we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  They are three persons yet one God.  This can…

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What Does It Mean to Serve the People?

By Fr. Jeff | 05/28/2021

In my last article, “Hopes and Dreams”, I spoke of helping people and leading people to Jesus. In my past article, “What Sort of Church Should We Be?”, I spoke of serving the people. Today I would like to write…

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Hopes and Dreams

By Fr. Jeff | 05/25/2021

As preparations continue for me to transition to St. Mary’s of the Lake and St. Benedict’s at the end of June, a couple of people from there have asked me about my “hopes and dreams” for the parish. It is…

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Pentecost – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 05/23/2021

Pentecost, Year BActs 2:1-11Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 (32)1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13John 20:19-23May 23, 2021 Fifty days ago we celebrated Easter.  Easter is the most important day of the year (Christmas is #2).  Today, we celebrate the third most…

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Three Saints to Aid Us

By Fr. Jeff | 05/20/2021

Last night I offered another webinar, Three Saints to Aid Us, covering St. Michael the Archangel, St. John Fisher, and St. Thomas More. The video recording of the webinar and slides are available on my website at I will…

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A Question to Ponder

By Fr. Jeff | 05/18/2021

I would like to pose a question for reflection – “Do you belong to your parish or does your parish belong to you?” For the latter, what do you expect from your parish? Do you only go to your parish…

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7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 05/16/2021

7th Sunday of Easter, Year BActs 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20 (19a)1 John 4:11-16John 17:11b-19May 16, 2021 We come today between our celebration of the Ascension of Jesus and Pentecost.  This is the time frame in our first reading…

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The Ascension of the Lord

By Fr. Jeff | 05/13/2021

Ascension ThursdayActs 1:1-11Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 (6)Ephesians 1:17-23Mark 16:15-20May 13, 2021 Today we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord. The Ascension might seem like just a step along the way from the Resurrection to Pentecost.  In the chronology of the…

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Building on the Past for a Better Future

By Fr. Jeff | 05/10/2021

In the last article, “Why is Change Difficult?”, that I wrote on the subject of change, I found myself reminiscing about the past. The past is something valuable, something we can learn from. This includes the past as it pertains…

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6th Sunday of Easter, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 05/09/2021

6th Sunday of Easter, Year BActs 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 (2b)1 John 4:7-10John 15:9-17May 9, 2021 Peter is led by God to the house of Cornelius.  There Cornelius falls “at his feet” to pay homage to Peter.  Peter…

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Celebrating Our Mothers

By Fr. Jeff | 05/09/2021

I wrote the following for our parish bulletin for Mother’s Day. Mothers are important.  Eve was the first mother in the Bible.  “She was the mother of all the living” (Genesis 3:20). There is Sarah, Abraham’s wife, and the mother…

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Why is Change Difficult?

By Fr. Jeff | 05/07/2021

After learning I would be moving to another parish at the end of June, in mid-April I wrote an article, “The Next Change.” In that article, I talked about the inevitability of change, that we are not alone in needing…

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What Does It Mean to Love?

By Fr. Jeff | 05/04/2021

In March I wrote an article called “Chastity and Sexuality”. As part of that article, I discussed how sexual acts are meant to be an expression of the love between a man and a woman in marriage. Sex without love…

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5th Sunday of Easter, Year B

By Fr. Jeff | 05/02/2021

5th Sunday of Easter, Year BActs 9:26-31Psalm 22:26-27, 29, 30, 31-32 (26a)1 John 3:18-24John 15:1-8May 2, 2021 The story told in the Acts of the Apostles is the story of the early church.  Acts tells us how “the church throughout…

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