Cara Blake

Fr. Dale’s Homily

11th Sunday of OT (Cycle B)

June 15-16, 2024

Gospel:  Mark 4:26-34

This week’s headlines from a national Catholic weekly newspaper read:

Long homilies are ‘a disaster’, keep it under 10 minutes, pope says

How many of you could have written that headline?  As an average homilist, I get teased… a lot, on keeping my words short.  Speaking (off the cuff) to diocesan liturgical directors in Rome, the Holy Father said homilies are not academic conferences.  He went on to say, “I sometimes hear people say, ‘I went to this parish, and yes it was a good philosophy lesson, … 40 to 45 minutes’” … ☹ 

The pope encourages priests to keep their homilies to ‘not more then eight to ten minutes’ and always include in them ‘a thought, a feeling, and an image so that the people may bring something home with them.”

Of course, a priest of my youthful looks and advanced years immediately thinks that Pope Francis is talking about the baby priests.  Truth be told, he is.  But mature priests like me, better listen and do what the Big Boss has to advise.

As we heard in the Gospel, seeds are small things that produce a bountiful harvest.  If you water the seeds you have heard of today in the scriptures, wait to see what they produce for you tomorrow. 

I am reminded of what comedian George Burns said a million years ago, when delivering a homily, have a great opening with a great closing and keep the two as close together as possible. 😊

And so, friends, I acquiesce to Pope Francis’ advise… but just for today


The Parish Office will be closed on Wednesday, June 19th, in observance of the Federal Holiday, Juneteenth.

The Parish Office will be closed on Thursday, July 4th for Independence Day.

Interactive Stations of the Cross

You are invited to an emotionally charged, mindful, personal, and intentional journey with Christ through His Passion. For the second year, we will offer the interactive Stations of the Cross that was such a special experience for so many last year.

Each visitor will travel though the Stations independently with time for reflection on each of the 14 Stations; young children can be accompanied. The emphasis for the event is to give participants the space and time needed to reflect on their own life, Jesus’ Passion, and all He went through for us.

Each Station’s traditional prayer is accompanied by a Station-specific Reflection, Life Connection, Prayer and an emotionally engaging task to help bring His journey to a tangible understanding. The “open house” style event will be held in the Religious Education building on Friday, February 23, 4PM – 7PM, Saturday, February 24, 2PM – 7PM, and Sunday, February 25, 8AM – 2PM. The journey usually takes 15 to 30 minutes, but some have opted to stay longer which you are welcome to do. We hope that you will come share in this spiritual journey with us.

For more information, please contact Lisa Reed:

Adult Book Study on the Eucharist

Join us for a three-session adult book study to deepen your understanding on the real presence of Jesus within the Eucharist. Get your free “This is My Body” book by Bishop Robert Barron in the gathering space of church, limited quantities available. Click HERE to register.

The Eucharist as “Sacred Meal”
Led by Paula Silliman
Tuesday, March 5th 7PM-8PM

The Eucharist as “Sacrifice”
Led by Billy Blake
Tuesday, March 12th 7PM-8PM

The Eucharist as “Real Presence” 
Led by Deacon Earl Baker
Tuesday, March 19th 7PM-8PM followed by Benediction and Adoration in the Church from 8PM-10PM. 

Classes will be held in the Upper Parish Hall and are open to adults of all ages. Join us to rediscover the depth and beauty of the Holy Eucharist. 

For further information or questions contact Paula Silliman at 502-515-9361 or email