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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - January 28, 2019 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10 | I Cor 12:12-30 | Lk 1:1-4, 4:14-21

I. One week ago (today) someone asked me if – when preparing homilies – I wasintimidated by the events of the world in formulating the message of the homily.In response to that question, I guess I would stop short ... Read More »

Baptism of the Lord - January 13, 2019 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Is 40:1-5, 9-11 | Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7 | Lk 3:15-16, 21-22

 “The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ.” The people in John the Baptist’s time were filled with expectation. They came from

    from a long history – centuries, in ... Read More »

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God - January 1, 2019 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Numbers 6:22-27 | Heb 1:1-2 | Lk 2:16-21

“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”

I. During Advent I added several Advent devotionals to my regular prayer pattern:I recall I used three booklets and I also followed Dynamic Catholic. I also changedthe place where I normally ... Read More »

Feast of the Holy Family - December 30, 2018 (Deacon Thill)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

We pray what we believe…We believe what we pray…

     so it behooves us to pay attention to what we pray…

        for in doing so we can pay attention to and learn what we believe.

In our Opening Prayer of today’s Mass (the Collect) we prayed that we would…

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Christmas 2018 - December 25, 2018 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Gospel: Lk 2:1-14

I. I hate to admit this in public…let alone in a Christmas homily…in a context wherehundreds of people will hear me….BUT, I admit...sometimes I read my horoscope!Let me be clear… I do not systematically read it every day – not even weekly I do not seek ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 23, 2018 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Micah 5:1-4a | Heb 10:5-10 | Lk 1:39-45

I. I wonder what Christmas looks like for those with little – or no – Christian faith. Does it seem like much-to-do about nothing? Do they wonder what the fuss is all about? Or do they just accept it as a ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Advent - December 16, 2018 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Zeph 3:14-18a | Phil 4:4-7 | Lk 3:10-18

“The Lord is near.”

I. One time a man went to see his rabbi and complained, “Life is unbearable. There are nine of us living in one room. What can I do?” The rabbi responded, “Take the goat into the room ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Advent - December 9, 2018 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Baruch 5:1-9 | Phil 1:4-6, 8-11 | Lk 3:1-6

I. “In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar when Pontius Pilate was Governor…Herod was tetrarch…his brother Philip was tetrarch…Lysanias was Tetrarch….and Annas and Caiaphas” … were running the Temple in Jerusalem……all of that long (and actually dramatic) ... Read More »

First Sunday of Advent - December 2, 2018 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Jer 33:14-16 I Th 3:12-4:2 | Lk 21:25-28, 34-36

I. One day this past week I walked past some of the cut back flowers and bushes on our campus and it occurred to me it looked like they were waiting. Then I noticed the dried up hostas and I looked up ... Read More »

Christ the King - November 25, 2018 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Dan 7:13-14 | Rev. 1:5-8 | Jn 18:33b-37

I. Well, we’re cleaning up the last of the leftovers from our Thanksgiving meal… Most of our guests have returned home… Immediately, on Friday, all the media bursts forth with news about the holiday season… We hear reports about Black Friday ... Read More »