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Fifth Sunday of the Year

Posted on Feb 12, 2019 in Church News, Homilies

  10 February 2019 It was a gift, maybe payment for using the boat from which he preached. Jesus had seen a large school of fish not far from where they were moored– not at all uncommon in the sea of Galilee. And so he tells Peter–who had not caught anything all night,  the best time for fishing during that season to lower the nets. We read this story and think, oh, what great faith Peter must have had in Jesus –to do that since he knew they wouldn’t catch anything. But there is another way to read this story. While Jesus had been preaching, Luke tells us, he had...

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Fourth Sunday of the Year

Posted on Feb 5, 2019 in Church News, Homilies

3 February 2019 Jesus, it seems, was not a home town favorite.The people who watched him grow up, the people who knew him best–today decide, not only do they not want to hear any more of his preaching, they just want to get rid of him completely. Several years ago I was talking with one of our student leaders. When I hired him he warned me, “I’m not very churchy,” so I was surprised when he said: “You know I’ve been thinking, and I’d like to think if I was alive and lived in Nazareth, I would have liked Jesus and followed him.” Then he went on and said, “I know you always say that most of us...

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Third Sunday of the Year

Posted on Jan 31, 2019 in Church News, Homilies

About two years after I was ordained I was sitting alone in St. Patrick’s Church in Eau Claire. I was off to one side in the dark. Suddenly the side door from our school playground opened. Two little heads poked in and took a quick look around. It was noon recess. They didn’t see me and marched right in.  I recognized them as two of our second graders. They began to speak, argue really. They had decided to play church and what better place to do it then in the real thing. They argued about who was going to be the priest. Finally, they settled on a compromise. The little boy said to the...

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Christmas & Solemnity of Mary Holy Days Mass Schedule

Posted on Nov 28, 2018 in Church News, Home Page Announcements

December 24, 2018 at 4pm December 24, 2018 at 8pm December 25, 2018 at 9am December 31, 2018 at 4pm

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Twenty Seventh Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Oct 9, 2018 in Church News

Twenty Seventh Sunday of the Year Homily

  TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 7 October 2018 Homily I suppose that a few people here remember and watched Princess Diana’s funeral. And, I suppose a few people remember and watched Mother Theresa’s funeral. I did and I was struck by the contrast in these two women who both captured the world stage. As one commentator said of the two: “Mother Theresa gave her life for the poor. Princess Diana, was a concerned tourist.” Princess Diana, was what most of us are really like, we are concerned about the poor, the needy. And, occasionally we do good things, but then we go on with our...

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Fourteenth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Jul 10, 2018 in Church News

Fourteenth Sunday of the Year Homily

  FOURTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 8 July 2018 Homily I’ve had a pretty good life. Even though I spent much of my college years being mad at God–I really didn’t want to be a priest. And I’ve spent the last few years being mad at the Church– I think we’ve taken some wrong turns, I can still say, I’ve had a pretty good life. Most people here can say that. Oh, we’ve all had broken legs and broken hearts. We’ve been sick, or buried people we’ve loved. We’ve not understood why something bad happened to us or someone we loved. But few of us have lived with constant pain–Some have, but few of us....

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Thirteenth Sunday of the Year Homily

Posted on Jul 5, 2018 in Church News

Thirteenth Sunday of the Year Homily

  THIRTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 1 July 2018 On Memorial Day many years ago I spent a few hours at my parents’ home. Part of that time I went on a long walk that took me out of the small town where I grew up. It was a very quiet day in Hatley. Eventually, I passed a seventeen year old who apparently had just gotten a new vehicle –one of those little pick-ups. He had the hood up and was just leaning on his elbows, looking at the engine. I yelled out “Hi!” and asked him what he was doing. “Nothing,” he said, “Just looking.” It was a very...

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Fall Festival is September 15 & 16, 2018

Posted on May 19, 2018 in Church News, Home Page Announcements, Religious Education News

Our annual Fall Festival will be on Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, 2018. New this year is “Game Mania”!  Watch the game and buy chances to win a TV an Viking/Packer items. Other activities include a euchre tournament, BBQ chicken dinner, craft and bake sale, Connie’s Kitchen, bingo, cake walk, children’s games, treasure jars and theme baskets, Cash Mania raffle, and a live auction. Click here for more information.

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