Homilies and Letters

Be One Body – First Sunday of Lent

INTRO: Years ago in my first years as a priest, I was hearing school kids confessions… Children were coming to me FACE TO FACE and I watched this third grader…. Really prim and proper… hands folded in the best expression of holiness … smiling … and sits down. We made the sign of the cross […]

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Sacrament of Confirmation 2018

Dear Parishioners, The eighth graders of our parish are in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. They work on “church community service” as part of their preparation realizing that to “belong” to a church means getting involved in the projects, ministry, and activities of their parish. They are instructed during their PSR and day school […]

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time HOMILY INTRO: Loneliness can be a difficult part of life. No one wants to be lonely. They say “one can be lonely even in a crowded room”! Maybe even in this crowded room? THE REALITY……. there are people who are lonely! Easy question…… Who were the two main characters in […]

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Catholic Charities Annual Appeal 2018

Dear Parishioners, The 2018 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal will take place next weekend February 11, 2018 in our parish. Please refer to the insert in this week’s bulletin which includes our parish’s goal and an overview of the importance of Catholic Charities in our communities. This year’s appeal theme is: Your Mercy: Transforming Lives and […]

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Good News at IHM School!

Dear Parishioners, It has been a full week for IHM’s annual Catholic Schools Week. It began with a “full house” at church for the Sunday 10:00AM Mass and the Mass had “full and active participation” from the students, their families, and all who attended! After the Mass, OPEN HOUSE took place in the school building […]

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Dear Parishioners, One result of the past GRATEFUL GIVING RENEWAL program was the disclosure by parishioners that they had intentions of naming IHM Church as a beneficiary in their estate planning. That was very gratifying to receive that information, although not disclosing amounts; it still makes me most grateful to know that future generations at […]

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) INTRO: A young man sought a job position with a MASTER JEWELER. He wanted to become an expert “gemologist” as well, BUT the MASTER JEWELER brushed him off, assuming that the applicant was too young to have the patience demanded to learn the craft. The young man PLEADED for […]

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Christ On The Corner

Dear Parishioners, Christ on the Corner Saturday, April 7th, 2018 is our parish day of service: A new event for lots of participation from you, allowing us to charitably assist the poor in the city! The day will begin as we gather at 9:00am with prayer and praise in the church or outdoor weather permitting. […]

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Epiphany 2017

In 1967 my parents moved us from Lakewood to Fairview Park to what I always refer to as THE BIG HOUSE which we occupied until last year. When they did that ……they made a decision: “To make new friends” in CHRIST Or As is more typical; “To make new friends in the new church to […]

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