Browsing Thoughts from Fr. Bob

6th Sunday of Easter - May 14, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 5/10/23

Jesus promises the disciples in today’s Gospel, “I will not leave you orphans.”  Emphasizing the importance of the care that a parent or friend gives.  On Mother’s Day, we honor our mothers, living and deceased, and all those who have been like mothers to us.  We remember those who ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Easter - May 7, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 5/02/23

As we continue our Easter celebration, we give praise and thanks to God for sending us his Son, who sacrificed his life to save us, who has shown us the way to eternal life.  Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth, and the life.”  The apostles will ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Easter - April 30, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/26/23

As sheep willingly follow their own shepherd, whose voice they recognize and who calls them by name, we willingly follow the Lord Jesus, for we know his voice and he calls us each by name.  I feel privileged, along with Fr. George and the entire staff to help shepherd ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Easter - April 23, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/19/23

As we continue our celebration of Easter, we praise God for this miracle that brings new life to us all, and we pray that we will continue to grow in understanding of the many ramifications of this event.  Today we hear the story of how two disciples, making their ... Read More »

Divine Mercy Sunday - April 16, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/12/23

Today is the Second Sunday of Easter.  Years ago it was called low Sunday in comparison to the great celebration of Easter Sunday.  More recently it is given the title of Divine Mercy Sunday, the eighth day in the Octave of Easter.  We celebrate God’s everlasting mercy which is ... Read More »

Easter - April 9, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/04/23

On this Easter weekend the word is Rejoice!  This is the day that the Lord has made.  God’s love and mercy have been poured out for all and to all.  By his sacrifice on the cross, Jesus has conquered sin and defeated death.  No longer do sin and death ... Read More »

Palm Sunday - April 2, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/28/23

Each year the church celebrates this holiest of weeks with reverence and awe.  We greet the Lord with palm branches and hosannas, welcoming him to the holy city of Jerusalem.  His missionary journey and our Lenten journeys are nearing their completion.  Soon Jesus will celebrate the Passover with his ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Lent - March 26, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/20/23

On this final Sunday of Lent before Palm Sunday and Holy Week, we hear Jesus call Lazarus forth from the tomb.  Jesus calls us as well, forth from our tombs of sin and death, where our harmful habits and attitudes separate us from God.

The story of creation teaches ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Lent - March 19, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/15/23

Today we have reached the halfway point of Lent, we call this Laetare Sunday.  A Latin word meaning, rejoice.  We rejoice in the knowledge that the cross does not end in death, that Jesus’ story does not end in the tomb.  The Church also celebrates the second scrutiny for ... Read More »

3th Sunday in Lent - March 12, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/08/23

Today in our first reading we hear the Chosen People grumble, for they are thirsty and have no idea how long their journey through the desert will last.  “Is the Lord in our midst or not?”, they complained.  I feel as we gather and worship the Lord, to listen ... Read More »