Homilies and Letters

Dear Parishioners, “A smokin’ time was had by all!” Deacon Joe Menkhaus comes from a large family of 10. His mom, Christy and his dad, Joe have eight children; Deacon Joe being their first born! I invited the family over to the Rectory a few weeks ago to get to know them over a SMOKED […]

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) 2021 INTRO: I had a stuffed animal as a child. He was called: EDGAR, THE EAGER BEAVER! My parents saw my energy level and eagerness in all things at my young age. They used to say: “I had ants in my pants!” So, the gifted stuffed animal was a […]

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) 2021 INTRO: The fights we had!!! Oh boy when we were kids the FIGHTS WE HAD!!! And you have all witnessed it I am sure with your own children …. Maybe yourselves, too? Crazy yelling or screaming maybe even some rough housing …. AND …. IT WAS always over […]

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Dear Parishioners, Pope Francis, earlier this year, decided to institute a Church-wide celebration of a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. It will be held annually on the fourth Sunday of July close to the liturgical memorial of Ss. Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus. IHM will celebrate this on Sunday, July 25, […]

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Dear Parishioners, HEARING ASSISTANCE COMING TO IHM CHURCH BUILDING Recognizing that nothing is perfect, I do believe IHM has a high-grade sound system in our church building, but I am aware, for some of our parishioners, there remains a difficulty in hearing during the Mass, even when I remember to turn on my microphone! 😊 […]

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Dear Parishioners, “Where are we with obtaining a new Hybrid Electronic Pipe Organ?” As you may recall, IHM embarked on a successful campaign this past spring, 2021 to raise considerable dollars for both seminarians, priests, a seminary living quarters’ renovation and an IHM new hybrid electronic pipe organ to be placed in the choir loft. […]

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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021 (B) INTRO: These are some present realities in our parish, but to tell you the truth also everywhere ……. 1. Parishioners here have difficult and strained dealings with estranged children and or siblings. 2. There are parishioners whose children are either diseased, depressed, drug addicted or born with bodily […]

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Dear Parishioners, Peter’s Shadow Healing Prayer Ministry has been active at IHM for the past four years. Most recently, and with the changing diocesan leadership in these years, the present diocesan bishop, Bishop Edward Malesic, after proper consultation and review has also given his approval for this Ministry to continue at IHM and to grow. […]

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Dear Parishioners, YOU SHOP! AMAZON GIVES! I am willing to bet MANY of you use AMAZON for the purchase of so many different things! I see the delivery trucks all over the city, everyday of the week. It is amazing. I am reaching out to you, to all users of AMAZON, with a special and […]

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12TH Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) 2021 Once again …. Happy Father’s Day dads! I remember the fun days of getting our father “ties” or “BBQ equipment”, cutting the lawn for him, and making his favorite dinner meal!!! Those were special days. I hope you all enjoy TODAY!! INTRO: I was on a cruise ship […]

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