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Ascension - May 16, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 5/11/21

Today we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord into heaven.  This marks a clear new direction in the lives of the disciples.  Jesus, the teacher, showed them how to preach and teach and reach out to the sick, the poor, and the suffering in his name.  Prior to this, ... Read More »

6th Sunday of Easter - May 9, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 5/05/21

What beautiful readings we have on this holiday of Mother’s Day.  John, in his first letter invites us to “love one another.”  Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.  What a wonderful definition of God.  He is the totality of love.  For many of ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Easter

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/30/21

The Gospel passage takes place at the Last Supper, Jesus’ final meal with his friends before His death.  He had just dismissed Judas after announcing he would betray Him.  He also had already told Peter that he would deny Him three times before morning.  The other ten would abandon ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Easter - April 25, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/21/21

On this Fourth Sunday of Easter, we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday.  We recall Jesus’ promise to protect us from harm; to rescue us when we stray and to guide us home at the end of the day.  Ultimately Jesus laid down his life for us, as he told his ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Easter - April 18, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/15/21

As we celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter we once again proclaim, “We are an Easter people and alleluia is our song.”  Whatever our circumstances may be, or the circumstances of the world, we gather today in joy because our Lord truly rose from the dead, conquering death and ... Read More »

Divine Mercy Sunday

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/10/21

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter celebration.  However, we are not done celebrating yet.  We took 40 days of Lent to prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with hearts and minds renewed.  Now we take fifty days, now through Pentecost, to rejoice in the presence of the ... Read More »

Easter 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/05/21

Christ has risen, Alleluia.  He has truly risen, Alleluia!  This is the greeting and response that Christians have given to one another on Easter morning.  Our Lord has conquered death and redeemed us from our sins.  For nearly two thousand years, we celebrate it as if it is happening ... Read More »

Palm Sunday

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/05/21

It was a year ago at this time that the COVID-19 pandemic closed down our opportunity to gather and celebrate the most important events in our Lord’s life and in our own, Holy Week.  As we begin today, this most sacred time, we do so with great joy and ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Lent - March 21, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/17/21

In what we call the old church, this week marks the beginning of Passiontide.  The crosses and statues in church were covered until the beginning of the Easter Vigil.  In our Gospel today, Jesus announces that His hour has come.  The Son of Man will now be glorified through ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Lent - March 14, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/11/21

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare), a time to rejoice in anticipation of the joy we will experience on Easter.  We remain a people of peace and happiness because we believe that our God loves us despite our sinfulness and failures.  Afterall, he loves us so much ... Read More »