Fifth Sunday of Easter © INTRO: When I was first learning how to cut the lawn in our family home, I believe I was in Jr. High …. And ….. I thought it was a bit UNUSUAL, but, my father was explaining to me that I had to cut the grass ON THE DIAGONAL!!! And […]

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Fourth Sunday of Easter © INTRO: True story: Many years ago fire was consuming an apartment building in New York City. A blind girl was trapped on the fourth floor, perched on a window ledge. Firefighters could not maneuver their ladder truck between the buildings, so a net was set up to catch the teenage […]

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Third Sunday of EASTER © First Eucharist INTRO: When I was growing up, I was a human EATING MACHINE………… believe it or not ….. ALWAYS HUNGRY, ALWAYS EATING…….”sweets”… Oh my!!! My father would call me “PIE-FACE”. But Dad would always say… YOU JIM ARE A “MYSTERY” to me???? YOU EAT AND EAT AND EAT…. And […]

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Easter Vigil – April 20, 2019

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night 2019 Intro: Growing up….. Our family had lots of parties! That meant A LOT OF CHORES put on us kids!! And A LOT of work put upon our mom! (Somehow, Dad got to be free from all of this. ?????) Anyway, when we all were getting into the […]

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Good Friday – April 19, 2019

Good Friday 2019 INTRO: In my parents’ BIG house, which is now sold, there was this TREE in the backyard! When we had first moved into that house the backyard was a mess and I was a young boy at the time. We 5 kids were given a HOUSE-WARMING present from our father… FIVE SHOVELS […]

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Holy Thursday – April 18, 2019

Holy Thursday 2019 INTRO There is a set place for you and me…… + When we were kids ….. there was a set place for each of us at the dinner table. I was always to the right of my father…. I was a S L O W – eater and he could help me […]

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Fifth Sunday of Lent (A) 2019 INTRO: SERVERS Ropes in KNOTS explained When kids begin to serve here at IHM they simply CANNOT tie a knot with these ropes that go around their waist. It is so funny. Kids at first, when they come to serve, just cannot tie a knot… Joanne Urbank, the sacristan […]

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Fourth Sunday in Lent © INTRO: They always call this story… The Prodigal Son… the wild son who RAN AWAY!! I don’t believe I have ever told you that I ran away from home ONCE!! (Is there anyone here who also has RUN AWAY from home???) Yes, I was probably five years OLD… and feeling […]

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Funeral Homily for John E. Singler

Funeral homily for John E Singler Monday, March 25, 2019 INTRO: Who out there has a BUCKET LIST?? People come up with all kinds of dangerous or exciting things to do and see before they die. I think that could be fun. I’ve never really done one…. so…….I guess I’m a bit boring and unadventurous. […]

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Third Sunday of Lent © INTRO: So… what are these? WATER BOTTLES!!! Remember I am OLD… when we were kids… we never had water bottles ???? When did all this “drinking” water out of a bottle become fashionable??? I suppose when they started building health clubs beyond the YMCA… not sure, but, water DOES help […]

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