Homilies and Letters

Dear Parishioners, At the direction of the diocesan bishop our posture for liturgy had changed in the recent months from kneeling to standing at the reception of Holy Communion. We learned: During Mass, we assume different postures – standing, kneeling, and sitting. These postures are not merely ceremonial. They have profound meaning when done with […]

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Dear Parishioners, Some of us, over the years, have used the parking lot on Portage Trail, Smerglia Chiropractic, for the Saturday evening Mass, as well as during our Sunday Masses. Smerglia Chiropractic, who owns the building and parking lot, recognizes the limited close parking needs that our IHM church has, and does not want to […]

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time ( C ) INTRO: Tell story of making something look good………. My father, in his day, he was pretty talented at many home carpentry and mechanical things!!! Well, I don’t know what possessed us brothers….but, my twin and I, at a very young age, took “Bobbie pins” (hair pins) and […]

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Dear Parishioners, What will it be? Nissan Rogue or     $15,000.00! One BIG portion of the 2nd Annual Fall Festival is this car raffle. This is the one major event as part of making money for school operations (as we did in the past with BINGO) that the committee and I are counting on […]

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24th Sunday Ordinary Time ( C ) INTRO: Everyone knows Pope Francis chooses to be the kind of POPE that is a bit different than many others. There was a story that circulated about Pope Francis, whether all the details are accurate is not as important as the overall meaning. As it is told, after […]

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time ( C ) INTRO: When I was in the second grade I was awfully impressed with our parish priest who came into the classroom. He was a newly ordained priest, TALL, HANDSOME, and FUNNY. Of course we were preparing for First Holy Communion in that grade and our teacher stressed […]

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Dear Parishioners, Everyone knows I enjoy singing at Mass. For me it becomes “full and active participation” as what is taught to all of us in the current liturgy documents and the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. I desire the same for all of you, with bad voices, as well as those with good […]

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time © INTRO: I have mentioned this before…..My parents moved us kids to a new home and new grade school right as I was starting my 6th grade! For me it was disappointing and frightening…………the thought of leaving all my old friends and now needing to make NEW ONES!!! Also, it […]

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Dear Parishioners, Undoubtedly, everyone has heard the phrase, “better together” and perhaps has used this phrase to describe family unity, world peace, or a marriage union. Today, in our diocese and for our Catholic schools, BETTER TOGETHER describes an academic initiative framing the success of students. One example for this special education initiative is helping […]

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time© INTRO: I do “fly” at least couple of times a year nowadays, but, the older I get …. Flying causes me to be bit more “jumpy”! When you get on the plane, buckle in, and before taking off, the crew always go through the safety protocol. One of the things […]

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