Browsing Thoughts from Fr. Bob

15 OT

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/07/20

Here we are already in the middle of Summer.  How is your garden growing?  Our reading today speaks of seed growing and maturing.  While the rain and sun nourish the plants to grow, much depends on the kind of soil they are planted in.  We gather on the weekend ... Read More »

14 OT

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/01/20

As we gather together on this 4th of July holiday weekend let us rejoice in the freedom Jesus offers us from our heavy burdens.  We hear our Lord’s comforting words, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Let those words ... Read More »

13 OT

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 6/24/20

This is the time of year when students complete their schooling and celebrate with a graduation ceremony.  Often a famous politician, sports figure, movie star, or other noted person is asked to give words of advice to the graduates as they move on to a new phase in their ... Read More »

OT 12

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 6/19/20

We are back to green colors for the vestments and the surrounding environment.  It tells us we are in the ordinary liturgical season.  Not in the sense of ordinary or routine, but the ordered events in the life of our Lord.  Prior to this we were celebrating Lent, Holy ... Read More »

Corpus Christi

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 6/10/20

If we’re fortunate, we spend some time each day eating together with family and friends.  It may be with just one other person; it might be with a large family.  We may often eat with coworkers or even neighbors.  But the Eucharist is the one occasion at which we ... Read More »

Trinity Sunday

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 6/04/20

It was great to see so many of our parishioners gathering together on Pentecost Sunday after nine or ten weeks of not being able to celebrate public Masses.  But to be honest, I was a little disappointed that we didn’t have more people in attendance.  Only about a third ... Read More »

Thoughts from Fr. George on his 50 years of Priesthood

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 5/27/20

A Reflection of 50 Years

As some of you may recall, I was ordained a deacon in April 1969 and ordained a priest in May 1970.  Consequently, this is the 50th anniversary of my priestly ordination.  Of course, it is impossible to celebrate any anniversary this year in the ... Read More »


Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 5/27/20

What an appropriate day to begin celebrating public  Masses again.  For it is Pentecost, the beginning, the birthday of the Church.  Promised by the Lord to his disciples at the Last Supper, anticipated by the prophets for centuries, unknown to generations going back to creation, the Holy Spirit is ... Read More »

7th Sunday of Easter - Ascension

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 5/20/20

Final messages are very important.  They might be the last words of encouragement to our children before they go off to college; or maybe, we’re moving to another part of the country and saying goodbye to friends and neighbors.  Or even more important, the last words we share with ... Read More »

6th Sunday of Easter

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 5/13/20

Easter seems like a long time ago.  Yet, because it is such an important event for us and the world, we celebrate for 50 days.  Today’s reading anticipates the feast of Pentecost two weeks from now.  Peter and John join Philip in Samaria to make sure the Samaritans receive ... Read More »