All of Us – #202

All of Us – #202

Word and Pictures — My bulletin column this week will be filled with lots of pictures from the multiple events that have recently taken place in our parish. It has truly been a busy month filled with a variety of celebrations.

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All of Us – #201

All of Us – #201

Congratulations "Father” Jin! – Nowadays, it is rare that you meet a young man who is preparing for the priesthood. That is why it has been a real blessing for our parish to accompany our seminarian Jinzhou Zhao these last several months, preparing him for his priestly ordination. Now, “Father” Jin, was ordained on Saturday, May 20th at the Divine Word Missionary Center in Techny, Illinois.

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All of Us – #200

All of Us – #200

“Dear Mom…” – There is an interesting old Jewish proverb. “God could not be everywhere; and therefore he made mothers.” Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who have been blessed with the vocation of motherhood. The beauty of today is watching how families humbly show their love and appreciation for their mothers who provide so much for them. Hopefully this is a prayerful and grace-filled day of recognition for many women. 

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All of Us – #199

All of Us – #199

I took a quick look at my personal calendar and realized that the month of May is going to be a real busy time for our parish. Many great things will be taking place every weekend. This is a good sign of a healthy and vibrant parish.
Thanks Mom! Mother’s Day is next weekend. This Sunday actually has one of the highest numbers for mass attendance, next to Christmas and Easter. I hope your family will be able to worship with us on Mother’s Day.

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All of Us – #198

All of Us – #198

Eyes Wide Open — As we continue our journey through the Easter season, we hear several post-resurrection stories that point to the faith of the early disciples of Jesus. Today we hear the story of the disciples who meet Jesus on the road to Emmaus. The following commentary on this scripture passage is from Word Among Us (Easter, 2017) “In the story, Jesus walks – disguised – with two disciples for a time as they grieve his death. It isn’t until they break bread together later that evening that they finally recognize him.

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All of Us – #197

All of Us – #197

I had a great Easter Sunday. I enjoy celebrating the Mass for all who come to profess their faith in the Risen Lord. It was a pleasure to meet and greet the folks at all the Masses that came through our church doors to pray and celebrate with us. I noticed that our visitors were family and friends from our local neighborhood and also some who flew in from places like Pittsburg, San Diego, Portland and Washington D.C. Those who were with us for the first time really noticed a strong spirit of warmth and hospitality. Their first impression was very positive and they wanted to come back again and pray with us. 

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All of Us – #196

All of Us – #196

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! – Happy Easter to all! Thank you for being with us this Easter as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Your presence at Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph parish today is a precious gift to our parish community. How good it is for us to gather and share in this Holy Eucharist. I am sure God is smiling down from heaven upon us today. 

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All of Us – #195

All of Us – #195

“Hello, A D watch repair. This is Mabel. How can I help you?” “Good morning Mabel. This is Father Larry.” “Father Larry. Not again? Don’t tell me.” Mabel said after she recognized my voice. “Yes. I did it again,” I humbly confessed to her over the phone. I needed my cheap wristwatch repaired again. I got it about four years ago at Target. Every time I drop it, one of the markers for the hour falls off and needs to be carefully glued back into place. 

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All of Us – #194

All of Us – #194

“Father, What’s That Doing Here?” — Several years ago, I had to preach on the exact same gospel that we hear proclaimed at Mass this weekend. It was the power story of Lazarus who dies, and then Jesus shows up on the scene, and brings him back to life. Lazarus was a real lucky guy because he was given an unbelievable opportunity to have a second chance on life. I don’t know a lot of people who have come back from the dead to pick-up where they left-off like he did.

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All of Us – #193

All of Us – #193

Amazing Grace – Like last Sunday’s Gospel reading about the woman at the well, this story about the blind man contains four distinct elements: a person is touched by Jesus; the person accepts Jesus; the person witnesses about Jesus; and other people react to the person’s witness. The experiences of the blind man and the woman are especially similar when we look at the first three points. Both the woman and the blind man encounter Jesus and are healed by him. She was healed from her past sins, and he from physical blindness. Both came to believe that Jesus is the Messiah. And both began to witness about him.

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