Homilies

FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Posted on Feb 6, 2021 in Church News, Homilies

7 February 2021 Some of you may remember that in 1985 Fr. John Rossiter, Ferdinand Roth, William Hammes             Were killed at St. Patrick’s Church in Onalaska. For those of us who knew Fr. Rossiter and the men killed with him it was a terrible shock. Perhaps one of the most poignant moments for me as I watched the television coverage was an interview with Bishop Paul. In the interview, Bp Paul was asked if this kind of violence, particularly when done to a close personal friend didn’t shake his faith. It was a natural question...

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FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Posted on Jan 30, 2021 in Church News, Homilies

31 January 2021 We have this great image of Jesus– kind and gentle, the good shepherd, always looking out for his people. or the image of Jesus, a baby, a child, harmless, cute. Just last weekend, Jesus calls his first disciples– they are intrigued, attracted and become attached. But then this weekend. The first crack in the picture. Jesus meets a complete stranger and for however you want to explain it, the stranger shrieks at him, is terrified of him, and wants nothing to do with him. Not everyone who meets Jesus thinks he’s so hot. The Marcan author is foreshadowing others who will not...

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THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Posted on Jan 24, 2021 in Church News, Homilies

24 January 2021 I’ve often wondered why some of the stories we’re told about the calling of the disciples, Have to do with the calling of fishermen.  Why fishermen? I don’t have a lot of experience with fishing. I always tell people who ask if I fish–I like to sit in a boat on a nice sunny day once a summer.  I like to hang the line over the edge of the boat with a bobber, and I don’t care if I fall asleep and the bobber goes under. That’s my idea of fishing. It wasn’t my father’s though. My father was a serious fisherman. He never got to go much when he was young. It was the...

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SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Posted on Jan 17, 2021 in Church News, Homilies

17 January 2021 I would not be here today, standing in front of you, were it not for my parents, who chose over and over, to teach me about God, to make me do what was right or good, when my childish or adolescent desires would have chosen differently. I would not be here today, had not the sisters at St. Florians, had the goodness to sacrifice their lives and come to a one horse backwater village, who choose over and over to love us enough to teach us, and to teach us about God by the example of their own lives. I would not be here today, standing in front of you, had not one of those...

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BAPTISM OF THE LORD

Posted on Jan 10, 2021 in Church News, Homilies

10 January 2021 In the last scene of the movie “Rag Time,” the central character, a black man who has fought for dignity throughout the movie, sits with his head in his hands, crying, and shouts to God, “Tell me what to do, tell me what to do.  All along I kept waiting for a sign, sure that you would make known to me what I should do.  I can’t wait any longer, tell me.” Those of us who are bystanders to this man’s agony do not hear any message, do not see any sign, we know only that the man in the end does what he thinks is best. That scene in...

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FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY

Posted on Dec 26, 2020 in Church News, Homilies

27 December 2020 They had been married for 7 years and had a four year old son. He was busy working and pursuing an MBA. She was consumed with caring for their child and holding down a part time job. On Christmas morning as they were going to Mass, she slipped on the icy driveway and shattered the bones in her shin. They spent the day in the hospital. Some Christmas. But that wasn’t he worst of it. Because her leg was so badly broken she was confined to bed rest for a week. For her it was a prison sentence, for him, well he became Mr. Mom. Cooking, cleaning, caring for their son, caring for...

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Christmas Homily

Posted on Dec 25, 2020 in Church News, Homilies

Christmas Homily

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FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Posted on Dec 19, 2020 in Church News, Homilies

20 December 2020 A story: There was once a monk who wanted to make a pilgrimage to Bethlehem. He wanted to go there because he had heard of miracles occurring there. Miracles which made new women and men of the people who came there. All they had to do was walk three times around the birth stable of Jesus, pray to be turned into new people, and they would return home new people. For the rest of his life his whole focus was on his pilgrimage. Eventually, when he was an old man, he finally had enough money to go on the pilgrimage. He opened the gates of his monastery and staff in hand set out...

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