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August 7, 2018

The homily for the 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday Masses at St. Paul Catholic Church in Valparaiso was crafted around the Sacramental theology of St. Ambrose, St. Thomas Aquinas and the words of Dan Schutte's "Gather the People." Give it a listen. - Fr. Je...

December 31, 2017

Bulletin column from St. Mary Catholic Church, in Crown Point, Ind.

My dear friends in Christ,

There are so many sites in the Holy Land where you can see Scripture come to life, and no doubt if you know someone who’s been on pilgrimage in the land where Jesus walked, the...

December 30, 2017

Homily from the 5:30 p.m. Mass at St. Mary Catholic Church in Crown Point, Ind.

One of the real privileges of the past six years of seminary education was spending 10 weeks last year in the Holy Land, and about 5 days of that was spent in Nazareth.

The Nazareth of today,...

December 24, 2017

Bulletin column for St. Mary Catholic Church in Crown Point, Ind.

Remember the Sears WishBook? Long before we could order whatever we wanted on an iPhone, mail carriers would deliver the 500-page catalog to every home in the neighborhood, just before heading to the chir...

December 20, 2017

Homily from the 7:45 a.m. Mass for St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point, Ind.

Who wrote the Gospel?

What's the big red book called?

Has anyone ever surprised you?

What was your last big surprise?

God surprised Mary. Here she is, just beginning her life with Jos...

December 3, 2017

Homily from the 5:30 p.m., 7:30 and 9 a.m. Masses at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Crown Point, Ind.


It can be difficult for us to live in the stillness, life moving to a different rhythm.

We come to rely on certain rhythms. You go to Mass, take your seat....

November 26, 2017

Homily from the 5:30 p.m., 7:30, 9, 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Masses at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Crown Point, Ind.

Come, you who are blessed by my Father. 
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 

These past few weeks, we’ve been challeng...

November 23, 2017

Homily from the 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day Mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Crown Point, Ind.

We have so much to be grateful for.

So many of our young people took the time to write out what they’re thankful for.

And we have our gratitude book, and I encourage you t...

September 4, 2017

Homily from the 5:30 p.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Masses at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Crown Point, Ind.

On Monday, I had what will more than likely be my last “First Day of School,” at least as a student.

When the alarm rang at 5:45 a.m., I laid there for a good 15 m...

August 14, 2017

Homily from the 7:30 and 9 a.m. Masses at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Crown Point, Ind.

I’ve never really understood St. Peter.

I think it’s because I’ve always seen Peter as kind of two-faced. I mean, we see images of Peter all the time and they tell a certain story:...

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