Entries by Julie Duffin

Protecting God’s Children – Register for Online Training

Protecting God’s Children – Safe Environment Training The Diocese of Joliet’s Office of Child & Youth Protection has extended PGC Online Training through October 31, 2020, in support of the social distancing effort due to the COVID-19.  This temporary precaution will be re-evaluated in September, and no Live PGC Training sessions will be held through […]

Do not let your heart be troubled by Deacon Len

Friday, 4th week of Easter 05/08/20 http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/050820.cfm “Do not let your heart be troubled” = The Lord works in mysterious ways. Today’s Gospel passage from John is very familiar to most of us.  We often hear it at funerals and it gives us encouragement in time of despair.  At funerals we come to realize that […]

May 7 reflection by Deacon Dan

In our first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, synagogue officials ask if anyone would like to speak after hearing the readings of the day.  Paul took advantage of this opportunity and began to speak about salvation history linking Moses to David to Jesus Christ.  Paul, who was one of the most outspoken critics […]

May 5 reflection by Deacon Jerry

  The 4th Tuesday of Easter May 5th John 10:22-30 Acts 11:19-25      In John 10:22-30 John mentions that it was winter and the Feast of Dedication had come. Earlier in the Festival Cycle, John visibly uses the various feasts to give a better understanding of Jesus to his readers. Passover clearly gives background to […]

May 4 Reflection by Deacon Kurt

Acts 11:1-18 John 10:11-18 Good Morning my friends in Christ! Your priests and deacons are again offering daily reflections on our daily Scripture readings, we pray they help bring you peace in this time of isolation. Our gospel reading today is a continuation of yesterday’s Good Shepherd gospel. The last time I preached on this […]

Good Friday, April 10 reflection by Deacon Len

  When I read this Gospel passage from John, I always find it conflicting that just moments after Peter strikes the high priest’s slave in an act of bravery before soldiers with swords , he cowers when questioned by the maid at the gate.  One moment he appears to be ready to fight to the […]

April 9 reflection by Deacon Dan

Thursday, April 9, 2020 – St. Raphael Holy Thursday reflection   Normally, the 6 weeks from Ash Wednesday to Easter seem to go by quickly.  This year, however, with the coronavirus pandemic and stay at home orders, it feels like six months have passed since we received ashes and began our Lenten journey.   Hopefully […]

April 7 reflection by Deacon Jerry

April 7th   Reflection for Tuesday of Holy Week Isaiah 49:1-6   John 13:21-33,36-38      Today is Tuesday of Holy Week. Fr. John in his reflection on April 4th reflects on the holiness of Holy week, and how it pertains to us as Catholics. If you did not listen to it I encourage you […]

April 6 Reflection by Deacon Kurt

Monday April 6, 2020 Isaiah 42:1-7 John 12:1-11 Here we are at the beginning of Holy Week!! Lent is coming to an end. Easter is a week away. His time is quickly approaching. Jesus was hailed as he rode into Jerusalem yesterday with cheers of “hallelujah” only to have those shouting change to “crucify him” […]

Friday, April 3 Reflection by Deacon Len

Friday, 5th week of Lent, Year A (4/03/20) http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/040320.cfm In both of today’s readings we hear the stories of terror, persecution and condemnation.  Jeremiah says, “All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine.”  For what is he being persecuted and trapped?  Simply put, he is being maligned for doing […]

April 2 Reflection by Deacon Dan

Today is Thursday, April 2 and we are 3 days away from Palm Sunday and the beginning of the holiest week of the year.  Instead of discussing which mass we will attend, which Holy Week events we will participate in or who will host brunch, we remain largely in isolation at home.  Church leaders are […]

Suffering All Around Us by Fr. Jeremiah

WEDNESDAY REFLECTION As we now enter into April and what will be the most difficult and deadly two or three weeks since the outbreak of the virus, until we pass over and then downward from that peak of deaths in mid April, it might behoove us to consider those regular statistics of death and suffering […]

March 31 reflection by Deacon Jerry

Tuesday of the 5th Week of Lent March 31st 2020 As we continue in this surreal time of our lives, I bet you like most of us we are all filling our time with what we have available to us. Gone are the days of getting ready for work, getting the kids ready for school […]

March 30 Reflection by Deacon Kurt

Monday March 30, 2020 Daniel 13:1-62 Gospel John 8:1-11 Happy Monday, my friends. I pray today finds you and yours well and safe. This past week, members of the parish staff telephoned parishioners who fall into the “at risk” age group to check in on them. Over 1200 names on that list, thats a good […]

Friday, the 4th Week of Lent by Deacon Len

  http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032720.cfm Our readings today remind us that our call to discipleship is not easy and not without suffering.  Although we live in the promise of the Kingdom, that doesn’t mean we live free of distraction, difficulties and even suffering. In our first reading we see “society” reviling and plotting against “the just one”.  Father […]