Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

This weekend, Fr. Steve highlights the essential Eucharistic character of Christian worship, and underscores the two millennia-old tradition of receiving Jesus from the Ambo and the Altar, i.e., from the Liturgy of the Word and the Eucharist. In my homily I should have made clearer that the Mass is, objectively speaking, the highest form of worship for Christians, for it is the Source and Summit of the Christian Life (Vatican II). All other worship of Christ (e.g., praise & worship, charismatic prayer, etc.), even if it may at times be subjectively more meaningful to us or someone else, draws its power from the Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross made present in our midst. 

At the end of Mass, Fr. Steve discusses some changes in our middle school staff and program, and announces that Brian Fink will be expanding his work at our parish and will be teaching in our middle school, beginning in the fall.

Ascension 2017

Today, we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord, and recall His command to wait to be clothed with power from on high. Fr. Steve talks about the power God has for us who believe, and concludes with a discussion of one of the greatest barriers to God's work in our lives, which is bitterness. Forgiving others is a way to unstop our stopped up hearts, to let the healing graces flow.  

3rd Sunday of Easter

Today, our Gospel is from Luke 24, the Road to Emmaus, and Fr. Steve invites us to enter in deeply into that account and to see how it reveals the power of the Mass, in which we are fed from the Table of the Word and the Table of the Eucharist. In his homily, Fr. Steve quoted from John Senior's book, The Restoration of Christian Culture, which reveals the cosmic and earthly importance of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This is what he says:

What is Christian Culture? It is essentially the Mass. That is not my or anyone’s opinion or theory or wish but the central fact of two thousand years of history. Christendom, what secularists call Western Civilization, is the Mass and the paraphernalia which protect and facilitate it. All architecture, art, political and social forms, economics, the way people live and feel and think, music, literature–all these things when they are right, are ways of fostering and protecting the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. (p. 17)

5th Sunday of Lent 2017

This week in his homily, Fr. Steve continues the healing series, based on the past three weeks Gospel readings, beginning with the woman at the well, the man born blind, and the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Always loving us, God is at work in our lives, even when He waits to respond to our prayer. Most of all, God wants us to know His healing power, and to know His presence in our lives. He loves us and longs for us to hear Him speaking in our hearts. As baptized believers, we have the Spirit, and God longs for us to respond to the spiritual gifts He gives each of us. He wants us to employ those gifts for the building up of the Kingdom of God and the salvation of souls. When we do, our faith grows, as does the faith of those who see and hear us testify to God's goodness to us. 

Laetare Sunday (4th Sunday of Lent)

Today, Fr. Steve continues talking about the desire that God has to heal every human heart, basing his homily this week on the Blind Man. He reflects on the challenge of reading through the book Be Healed, noting that it can sometimes be painful to open up our heart to prepare for the Lord's healing love and light. But it's worth it. The promises of healing are freedom and peace. It's good to be healed

3rd Sunday of Lent 2017

Today, Fr. Steve reflects again on the healing power of Jesus. The Samaritan woman at the well provides a pattern for our own potential healing encounters with Jesus. Healing is central to the mystery of redemption. Fr. Steve underscores the promise that Jesus makes to really give us the "living waters" that can satisfy our thirst for God. God longs to heal us, and will do so if we open ourselves in honesty to Him. (Fr. Steve continues to draw on the fruits of his retreat with the JP II Healing Center, and the insights contained in Dr. Bob Schuchts' Be Healed: A Guide to Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life.) 

8th Sunday of Ordinary Time 2017

This week, Fr. Steve talks about today's Gospel from the middle of the Sermon on the Mount in light of our recent Parish Mission, which we held at the parish this past Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Greg and Stephanie Schleuter and family were here to fun our "Parish Ignition." The structure of each evening included large group activities, talks, follwed by adoration. In this homily this week, Fr. Steve invites us to empty ourselves, to be filled with grace and the Spirit, and to overflow with love into the world.