Category Archive: Fr. John’s Articles

October 29, 2017

THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ Last year I made the suggestion that parish members get into the practice of making an annual retreat, specifically at the Diocesan Retreat Center in Dewitt. Nobody took me up on it. I haven’t given up on you, but instead of me preaching on the idea again, I thought …

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October 22, 2017

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ + I’m not sure congratulations are in order but I do want to recognize all of our brothers and sisters in the separated Christian churches who are indeed celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. October 31st is the actual date of the first round fired by (Fr.) …

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October 15, 2017

TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ Well it’s one of those weeks where I don’t feel particularly inspired, so I will simply allow the Spirit to move my thoughts to say whatever comes to mind. I think they call that ‘stream of consciousness’. First off, last weekend was very nice for me. It started with …

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October 8, 2017

TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ A few years ago we had a guest speaker here at Holy Spirit, Roy Schoeman, who is a Jewish convert who had written a few books about the Jewish contribution to salvation history. As part of his visit he told his conversion story. It had many dimensions, but the …

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October 1, 2017

TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ Today, Sunday, is the memorial of one of the more popular saints of our time, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, also known as St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and also by her nickname, “The Little Flower”. How many of you grew up with that classic little plaster statue of …

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September 24, 2017

JMJ This Friday is the feast day of the Holy Archangels. Although there are many angelic traditions coming from many different faiths throughout history, we will limit our comments to our own Catholic tradition. It comes from Scripture, both Old and New Testament, and is supplemented by various angel stories that have come down to …

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September 17, 2017

JMJ I hope some of you were able to join us for The Knights of Columbus Breakfast this Sunday morning. We Knights are an organization of Catholic men, along with the support of their families, who are social, patriotic, and service oriented. It’s an international organization that was founded in the 19th century by an American priest, Fr.  …

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September 10, 2017

TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ With Labor Day come and gone, summer is unofficially over. Family vacations are complete, the kids are back in school, and we look forward to this final stretch of Ordinary Time leading up to Advent. This will be a pretty busy month for celebrating feast days of Mary and …

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September 3, 2017

TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ The verses in the box below reportedly were written on the wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta, India, and are widely attributed to her. People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be …

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August 27, 2017

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ Because I wanted to ‘sermonize’ about something other than the readings today, I thought that I would say something about them here. Actually, the Matthew 16 passage is one of my favorites. It talks about the apostle/fisherman, Simon, son of John, as our first pope. The way the scene …

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