The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s readings Today, we come together as a parish for this very special liturgy, in which we give thanks for the intercession of Saint Joseph during this past year in honor of him as patron of the Church; we also give thanks for a very blessed time of Eucharistic adoration during the Forty Hours Devotion… Continue reading The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Second Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings “Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight his paths!” Today’s Gospel reading is very interesting, I think. The beginning of the passage names important people at that particular time in Israel: Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate, Herod, Philip and Lysanias, and also the high priests: Annas and Caiaphas. Finally it names John the… Continue reading The Second Sunday of Advent

Saint Francis Xavier, Missionary Priest, Diocesan Patron

We celebrate the memorial of Saint Francis Xavier as a feast today, because he is the patron saint of the Diocese of Joliet.  Francis Xavier was a sixteenth century man who had a promising career in academics.  He was encouraged in the faith by his good friend, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, and went to join the new… Continue reading Saint Francis Xavier, Missionary Priest, Diocesan Patron

Thursday of the First Week of Advent

Today’s readings There’s an old saying that if you want to hear God laugh, just tell him your plans for the day.  And we know how true that is, don’t we?  How many times have we had a plan for the day, only to have it derailed by whatever circumstances come our way during the… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Advent

Saint Andrew, Apostle

Today’s readings As is the case for most of the apostles, we don’t know a whole lot about Saint Andrew.  And I think that’s appropriate, because what we need to know about the apostles is that they were followers of Jesus, and were devoted to him.  We too are called to that same great devotion.… Continue reading Saint Andrew, Apostle

The First Sunday of Advent

Today’s readings Happy New Year! I know, as I say that, that we are still more than a month away from the end of the year.  But I also know that you know that I’m speaking of the new year of the Church.  Our Church Year begins anew on the First Sunday of Advent, that… Continue reading The First Sunday of Advent

Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Our readings have been reminding us that the night is far spent and the day is drawing near.  We are called upon today to remain vigilant so that we do not miss the second coming of the Lord.  And it is well that we receive that warning today, on the cusp as we are of… Continue reading Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint Cecilia, Virgin Martyr

Today’s readings For those of you who are musicians, whether you play an instrument or sing, this is your feast day.  Today we celebrate Saint Cecilia, a virgin and martyr  of the early church who is the patron saint of musicians.  Saint Cecilia was a force for good among those who knew her.  She worked… Continue reading Saint Cecilia, Virgin Martyr

Friday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings We have been hearing this week in our first reading from the books of the Maccabees.  All week long, the message we were getting was that this life is not all there is. Maybe eating a little pork, or tossing a few grains of incense on a coal in worship of an alien… Continue reading Friday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Well, the story we started to hear in yesterday’s first reading about Israel has festered a bit.  You may remember yesterday that king Antiochus Epiphanes began to lead the people to follow the ways of the Gentiles: covering over their circumcision, attending schools in the Gentile way of life, abandoning the holy laws.… Continue reading Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week of Ordinary Time