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1st Sunday of Lent - March 3, 2019 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Dt. 26:4-10 | Rom 10:8-13 | Lk 4:1-13

I. Who are you?Are you thinking…my name is…I live at such-n-such Elm Street…I am marriedand have three children…I work at…etc.? That is one way to define identity.Another way to define identity is this: You are a child of God. You are a ... Read More »

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 24, 2019 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

I Sam 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23, I Cor 15:45-49, Lk 6:27-38

“To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as ... Read More »

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time - February 17, 2019 (Deacon Steve)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner


Luke’s Beatitudes

The focus of today’s gospel is the Beatitudes. We are familiar with the eight beatitudes found in the gospel of Matthew but maybe less so with the more concise version found in Luke, the one we have read today. 

Biblical scholar Dr. James Hastings in his ... Read More »

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time - February 17, 2019 (Deacon Jim)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner


In our opening prayer today we prayed God would teach us that He abides

   in hearts that are just and true and that He would fashion us by His grace so

     we would become a dwelling pleasing to Him.

Let’s reflect on this.

A man walks ... Read More »

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time - February 3, 2019 (Thoman)

Posted by Nicole Baumgartner

Jer 1:4-5, 17-19 I Cor 12:31-13:13 | Lk 4:21-30

I. The first reading at today’s Mass was also the first reading at my Mass of Ordination. As one to be ordained to the priesthood, I saw myself as someone called and ordained to speak God’s word. I saw myself as ... Read More »

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 »