Category Archive: Fr. John’s Articles

January 21, 2018

THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ This past Monday was a federal holiday in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., a national hero in the cause of civil rights. The day was marked in many places with a day off from work and many people remembered him in different ways. There were lots of …

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January 14, 2018

SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ I said in my homily today that the readings were absolutely ripe with meaning. Too much I feel to cover in one homily. So let me say something here about the first reading from the Prophet Samuel. It tells the story of when he was a young boy and …

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December 31, 2017

THE HOLY FAMILY JMJ Happy New Year everyone. I hope you had a Blessed Christmas. It all happened rather quickly because it fell on a Monday. And because we have a similar situation this weekend, the Blessed Mother, honored as the Mother of God, will not be celebrated as a holy day of obligation this year. …

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December 25, 2017

THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD JMJ The three-letter signature above represents Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. We who grew up in the 1960s (baby boomers and earlier), especially those of us who went to Catholic Schools, were always encouraged to invoke the help of the three members of the Holy Family whenever we wrote a paper …

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December 17, 2017

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT JMJ So how are you doing with all of your pondering? Remember, that’s our theme for Advent as we accompany Mary and Joseph on their Journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Last week on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, we read from Luke’s Gospel about the visit of the angel, Gabriel. …

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December 10, 2017

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT JMJ “Beloved, now is the acceptable time spoken of by the Spirit, the day of salvation, peace and reconciliation: the great season of Advent…..” These words, and what follows, came from St. Charles Borromeo in the 1600s. They were part of my Office of Readings this past Monday on the first …

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December 3, 2017

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT JMJ After all of the Masses this weekend, the Sts. Simon and Jude Healing Ministry prayed over people from our parish who came forward seeking prayer for any number of different ailments that afflicted their body, mind or spirit. After doing this on a rather random basis, we finally committed to …

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November 26, 2017

CHRIST THE KING JMJ I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Because of the holiday and bulletin deadlines, I had to compose these words a couple of weeks ago while I was still away taking classes at Mundelein Seminary north of Chicago. Today I went on a little hike on the wooded grounds around …

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November 12, 2017

THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ This past week in my breviary, I was reading from the first book of Maccabees. It’s the last book of the Old Testament, at least in Catholic bibles, with the story taking place in Israel about 150 years before the coming of Jesus. It describes a tragic time in …

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November 5, 2017

THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ Priesthood Sunday (belated) The homily today was about the priesthood and it was a little on the negative side. But it was the readings that set the tone. Priesthood Sunday, which was celebrated last week, was meant to address the positive side of the priesthood. It was instituted several …

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