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How to Enter the Kingdom of Heaven

Dear Brothers and Sisters, God appeared to Solomon in a dream shortly after he was anointed King of Israel just before his father David died.  God said, ‘Ask what you would like me to give you.’  Solomon replied, ‘Give me a heart to understand how to govern your people, and how to discern good from…
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Marriage and Family Life is a Calling

Dear Brothers and Sisters: Recovering from the trip of Pope Francis we have a chance to reflect a bit more on some of the things he said about the family, especially since it relates so much to our readings this week which are about the Great Sacrament of Marriage. The Pope said at the Family…
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These Are Prophetic Times

Dear Brothers and Sisters: Surely we have seen a prophet in our midst with Pope Francis last week. How blessed we are to have prophetic figures leading our Church over the last fifty years or more: Pope Benedict, Saint John Paul II, Blessed Paul VI and Saint John XXIII. It has not always been this…
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Can That Kind of Faith Save Him?

Dear Brothers and Sisters: My father was diagnosed with cancer in 1993 on the 4th of July weekend and by the end of October he was dead. It was a beautiful death in many ways, surrounded by his wife and five sons; it was a supernatural moment for all of us. During this time I remember…
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St. Joe’s Parish Family Day – This Sunday 1 to 5 PM

Our second annual Parish Family Day will take place this beautiful Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.  It will include hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, popcorn, desserts, drinks, DJ, face painting, games, tattoos and much more for the family. Join us if you are  in the area.  Everything is free and come be our guest.  Lower…
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Ephphatha, Be Open

Dear Brothers and Sisters: We heard last week from the Letter of St. James, ‘Be doers of the Word, not just listeners, otherwise you are deluding yourselves. Humbly welcome the Word of God for it can save your souls.’  What beautiful and strong words does St. James have for us these past few weeks. The…
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Be a Doer of the Word of God

Dear Brothers and Sisters: Junípero Serra will be canonized a saint by Pope Francis in Washington, DC during the Pontiff’s trip to the US in a few weeks.  In the Capitol Building there is a hall filled with greater than life size statues of the pioneers who established the United States of America and one…
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Christ is Present in Christian Marriage

The third part of this series on the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist will center on Christian marriage as St. Paul speaks of in his letter to the Ephesians.  In a true Christian marriage Jesus Christ is present: to the couple and to everyone close to them.  It is a great mystery how…
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We Can Live Forever

The second part of the triptych on the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist focuses on how the Eucharist gives us the possibility of living forever.  Torgney Segerstedt was the editor of a leading paper in Guttenburg, Sweden during the first half of the 20th Century.  He was well known at the time for…
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Christ in the Eucharist

Dear Brothers and Sisters: For this week and for the next two Sundays I would like to present a series on the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The majority of Catholics today think that Christ is only symbolically present in the Eucharist and in the church. His presence Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity…
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