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3rd Sunday of Easter

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/22/20

This weekend would have been the celebration of First Communion for our young people at St. James-another disappointment we experience during this coronavirus.  Appropriately, our Gospel for today is the story of our Lord walking with two of the disciples on the road to Emmaus.  The journey from Jerusalem ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Easter

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/16/20

We have completed 40 days of Lent in preparation for the celebration of Easter, our Lord triumphantly rising from the dead.  Now we enter into a deeper learning and intimacy of our relationship with our God through his risen Son.  Fifty days of growing and progressing in our faith ... Read More »

Easter 2020

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/08/20

Alleluia!!  Sing out with joy for the Easter miracle.  The Lord is risen!  We have been redeemed.  Death no longer has ultimate power over us.  We anticipate the day when we too will be raised with Christ.  As baptized Christians, we have already been raised up.  While we, through ... Read More »

April 5, 2020

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/30/20

In my nearly 47 years as a priest did I ever think we would not be celebrating Holy Week.  Sunday the blessing of Palms and the reading of the Passion, Tuesday Mass of Chrism where the three oils used in the various sacraments are blessed and consecrated and then ... Read More »

March 29

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/24/20

Here we are at the second weekend we are unable to gather because of the Coronavirus. But nonetheless, we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of our Lenten journey of forty days. In the Gospels of the last two weeks Jesus gave water to those who thirsted and light to those ... Read More »

Update on virus impact on parish

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/18/20

By now you are well aware that we will not be celebrating Mass on the weekends, as well as on Tuesdays.

All meetings and other scheduled parish events are also canceled.

In the event there is a death in the family we still will be having funerals; although it ... Read More »

Lent 3

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/12/20

Our world is made up of 71% water.  The human body is made up of 60%.  As we explore space and if there is life on other planets, the first thing they look for is water.  Some say if there is even another world war, it won’t be over ... Read More »

Lent 2

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/05/20

As we began the Lenten Season we enrolled as penitents with the mandate to Repent, that is, turn away from sin and be more faithful and believe in the Gospel. 

Last Sunday we found ourselves in the desert with Jesus where he was tempted by the devil.  Today Jesus ... Read More »

Today is the first Sunday of Lent

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 2/27/20

Today is the first Sunday of Lent.  As we begin this annual observance, the focus of the first and Gospel readings are on temptation.  Adam and Eve are tempted by the serpent in the Garden of Eden.  Jesus in tempted in the desert by the devil.  Though Adam and ... Read More »

“An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 2/20/20

Last week we heard Jesus tell his disciples, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.  I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.”  Indeed, we hear Jesus use the same words in today’s Gospel that the Torah uses in the first ... Read More »