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Fr. Joe's Bulletin


The Pastor's Pen

October 14, 2018

A homily of mine is published in a new book, Preaching for Discipleship: Preparing Homilies for Christian Initiation, by Reverend Michael E. Connors, CSC, published by Liturgy Training Publications. It’s a homily I gave here on May 11, 2014, when 6 children were received into the Church. Father Connors invited me to submit some homilies, and in the book he wrote a wonderful commentary on my homily. I am so honored because Father Connors is Director of the John S. Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics at the University of Notre Dame, where I received my Masters in Liturgy. God is good, and I am grateful that the Holy Spirit directs my preaching.

Two years ago we moved back into the church after months of renovation. Our capital campaign, Legacy of Faith, Vision for the Future, made possible our beautiful church and preschool renovation. The campaign is now complete, and thank you to all who contributed. We indeed are grateful for, and build upon, our legacy of faith here at CTK. The vision is not just about buildings, but about the living, breathing bodies that make up our parish. We are becoming more and more the parish God is calling us to be. In this Season of Stewardship, we are invited to take another step in our discipleship and stewardship, in gratitude for the abundant gifts God has given each of us.

Today at Mass you heard Paul and Tressa Hartman, and Rod and Roxy Hollenstine speak of their faith and living as stewards. When we give generously, what we receive in return is many blessings, a deeper relationship with God and other parishioners, and eventually eternal life. The corn harvest on the parish farm in Cass County was incredible, 284 bushels per acre. God is good! The 50 acre farm came to us through a bequest, and we use the income for tuition assistance. The blessing received is passed on to bless another. I hope to see you Saturday evening at Oktoberfest. It promises to be a fun time for all ages. In the peace of

Christ the King,

Father Joe


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