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MAKING PEACE IN OUR WORLD

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 9/26/16

This past week, Pope Francis and 450 other religious  leaders from throughout the world gathered in the Italian city of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis.  In the midst of countless numbers of wars going on in our world, they came together to pray for peace.  They had no ... Read More »

HOW DO WE LEARN TO LISTEN WELL

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 9/01/16

There is no greater gift than  a heart that understands

   We live in a time where there is much shouting at each other and beyond each other.  In politics, in community, and even in church, we have lots of people clamoring about what is right and what is wrong, ... Read More »

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 9/01/16

Today, Pope Francis will be leading a special Mass during which he will officially proclaim Teresa of Calcutta, as a saint.   She was born Agnes Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Yugoslavia, on August 27, 1910.  To millions of people she is known for her work among the poorest people in the ... Read More »

iT WAS A GREAT DAY AT OUR SOCIAL

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 8/03/16

Well another social is in the books.  And what a day it was!  We fried over a ton of chicken, made gallons and gallons of dumplings and dressing, mountains of slaw and cucumber salad, bowls full of corn, green beans and mashed potatoes and provided mouthwatering deserts for 2,279 ... Read More »

Summer Social Tradition at St. Joe

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 7/30/16

      Today is the big day of our summer social.  We’re adding another chapter to the long history of summer socials at St. Joe.  Some of our older parishioners can remember that, as children, the summer social looked a little different than it does today.  Back then, our parish ... Read More »

Good Father Energy

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 6/19/16

This past week we witnessed once again the effects of anger and hatred run amuck with the killing of 49 people in Orlando, Florida.  And once again we find ourselves wondering what we can do in the face of such evil.  It is all too easy to give into ... Read More »

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 5/04/16

     Happy Mother’s Day!  I read that the origins of Mother’s Day go back to the early 1900’s when Anna Jarvis held a memorial service to honor her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, who was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers from the North and South during the ... Read More »

LEANING INTO THE JOURNEY OF LIFE

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 5/02/16

 

     In the readings we hear in this Easter Season, we read that “the community was of one mind and one heart.  No one claimed anything as their own but put their resources at the feet of the disciples to be used for all according to need.” (Acts ... Read More »

CELEBRATING FIRST COMMUNION

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 4/20/16

Today we celebrate First Communion with twenty-nine young boys and girls.  This day brings me back to my own First Communion. I, along with Billy Rowekamp were the smallest kids in our class so we had the distinction of leading all the children into church—setting the right pace, all ... Read More »

BEING MERCY AND COMPASSION

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 4/19/16

 The newspaper headline read “Town Turns Its Back On One Time Favorite Son.”  The story went on to describe the reactions of the community of Yorkville, Illinois as they learned of the fall from grace of Dennis Hastert, one time local high school teacher and wrestling coach and then ... Read More »