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Baptized in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 1/11/20


Do you know the date of your Baptism?  Mine was April 4, 1949—a long, long time ago.  But as I look back through ancient b/w pictures, there is a happiness on the faces of my parents, God-parents and other family members present.  They know something special has happened. 

Yet it is also true that for many of us the sacrament of baptism that we received is just another historical action or theoretical expression of our faith. We do not live this out in our ... Read More »

Another New Year

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 12/31/19

The celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays.  Tradition dictates that every 365 days, we should try to kick bad habits and start our life anew.

It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago.  In the years around 2000 BC, the ... Read More »

Let's Go!

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 12/26/19

After Christmas, I re-read the familiar stories of the season when I have some time to reflect on them outside the busy schedules. There’s nothing earth shattering here (or maybe there is).

"When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let ... Read More »

Come Home For Christmas

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 12/20/19

For one reason or another, some people stop practicing their Catholic faith, and this Christmas season is a perfect time to come home.  Many return to the church because they sense an emptiness in their lives which only Jesus can fill.  Right now, we have people at St. Joe’s ... Read More »

Welcome to Advent 2019

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 11/30/19

Welcome to our parish website and to Advent 2019.  Advent is meant to give us time to prepare for Christmas.  Over the next 4 weeks, I invite you to set aside time each week to prepare for Christmas.  Join us for our Tuesday Advent Lunch & Learn series ... Read More »

Thanksgiving Blessings

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 11/27/19

Abraham Lincoln, in the Thanksgiving proclamation of 1863 said: "It has seemed to me fit and proper that [the gifts of God] should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens . . ... Read More »


Posted by Fr John Nolan on 10/31/19

Today we passed from the secular ritual of Halloween, to the glorious solemnity of All Saints. Often we forget that each of us is called to be a saint--YUP--each of us. If anyone has any doubts how to do that, St. Matthew gives a helpful how-to guide: The Beatitudes.

"Blessed are..." With those two words Jesus begins an instruction in how to live the life of a saint. To be poor in be be merciful. To hunger and thirst for righteousness. To be clean of heart and to make ... Read More »

Autumn Leaves

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 10/21/19

According to an old Indian legend, back in the early days, when plants and animals were created, they were instructed to fast and stay awake for 7 days in order to gain spirit power. Most stayed awake the first night, but on the second day many began to fall ... Read More »

Lent—Let’s begin to think about it

Posted by Fr John Nolan on 4/01/19

Lent—Let’s begin to think about it

Have you ever taken pause to reflect on Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent? When I receive ashes and mark the beginning of Lent, it seems there’s always a new spirit of hope. Years ago, I realized the difficulty I have ... Read More »


Posted by Fr John Nolan on 3/03/19

Sincerity!  Sincerely!  Sincere   How often we speak or write or use that simple word. It’s a word like “thanks” or “please”.  It’s a word that flows so quickly from our lips or pens that we might forget its meaning.

In the golden days of Rome, it was considered ... Read More »