Appleton, WI

March 19, 2023 Homily Reflection

SET FREE FROM BLINDNESS IN THE TEMPLE March 19, 2023 Fourth Sunday of Lent, Cycle A One of the really scary moments of my childhood involved helping Mr Rutten, our next door neighbor pour a slab of concrete in his backyard. I filled the pail and set it down too hard on the walkway and […]

March 12, 2023 Homily Reflection

MERCY MEETS MISERY AT THE WELL March 12, 2023 Third Sunday of Lent, Cycle A The Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, brought her empty bucket at high noon, when the other women left. She was married and divorced way too many times. She was looked down upon by the other women, judged and condemned and […]

March 5, 2023 Homily Reflection

ALL WILL BE WELL ON THE MOUNTAIN TOP March 5, 2023 Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle A Lent is a time to step back, to regain one’s bearings, to come to a new perspective. Harrison Butker, who kicked the game–winning field goal to clinch the Super Bowl for the Kansas City Chiefs, declined some of […]

February 26, 2023 Homily Reflection

EVERYTHING WENT HAYWIRE IN EDEN GARDEN February 26, 2023 First Sunday of Lent, Cycle A Our first parents were so blessed by you as you prepared the perfect home for them in the perfect garden. All that was beautiful and good, all creatures great and small were at their fingertips. I like to remind myself […]

April 3 Homily Connect

HOMILY REFLECTION GUIDE APRIL 3, 2022: FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT, CYCLE C WHO IS WITHOUT SIN?: SOLIDARITY WITH EVERYONE (Suggested opening and closing prayers are on the second page) ALL ALONE IN A HOSTILE CROWD • Think of the woman dragged out in public and her sin announced to everyone who gathers. • There is […]

March 27 Homily Connect

HOMILY FOR MARCH 27, 2022: FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT, CYCLE C THE FORGIVING FATHER: GOD’S TENDER CARE FOR ALL OF CREATION (Opening and Closing Prayers on back) GOD’S GENEROSITY  The Lord never holds back in the pouring of blessings upon us, just as the father of the prodigal son generously gave him his inheritance.  […]

March 20 Homily Connect

HOMILY FOR MARCH 20, 2022: THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT GOD HEARS THE CRY OF THE POOR: GOD’S PREFERENCE FOR COMPASSION   Discussion (The Opening and Closing Prayer are on the second page of this document)   I Have Heard the Cries of the Poor The artist, Kelly Latimore’s painting of Mary holding Jesus, who is […]

March 6 Homily Connect

HOMILY FOR MARCH 6, 2022: FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT LET MY PEOPLE GO: THE SACRED DIGNITY OF PERSONS   Opening Prayer   Eternal God, creator and sustainer of life,   Bless me with the courage to defend all life from conception to natural death. Bless me with the strength to respect all peoples from east […]

February 27 Homily Connect

HOMILY CONNECT–FEBRUARY 27 2022 EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Scripture: 1Sm 27:4-7   1Cor 15:54-58   LK 6:39-45   BRIAN MCKEEVER –AN AMAZING STORY Most decorated Paralympian in Para Cross Country Skiing Visually impaired – only 10% vision – lost sight at age 19 –degenerative eye disease His brother trains with him and is his eyes-he guides […]

February 20 Homily Connect

SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME THERE IS THIS STORY Two brothers on neighboring farms fell into conflict after 40 years They share machinery, labor, goods – no conflict Small misunderstanding grew into a major difference – tempers exploded – then silence One morning a carpenter was at the door of the older brother seeking work-who […]