Homilies

A list of homilies delivered by Bishop Paul Swain.


TV Mass Homily 02/9/2020

On Thursday the Ninth Bishop of Sioux Falls, my successor, will be ordained and installed. I will retire and assume the role of Bishop Emeritus. As a result this will be my last recorded Mass for television and social media. When the Holy Spirit guided me many years ago to personally celebrate this Mass I […]

Sunday TV Mass Homily 02/02/2020

Today we celebrate the Presentation of the Lord when Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the Temple to present him to God as was the custom, tradition and the obligation of the religious law. It is a beautiful gesture of recognition that children are gifts from God. That is an important reminder as we face […]

TV Mass Homily 01/12/2020

Today the Christmas season comes to an end with the Baptism of the Lord. Why would Jesus seek to be baptized? After all he unlike us was born without sin. John the Baptist wondered too: “I need to be baptized by you,” John said. Jesus gently replied; “allow it now, for thus it is fitting […]

TV Mass Homily 01/05/2020

Today we celebrate the Epiphany. Through the visit of the Magi, the baby Jesus is revealed as the Messiah, Son of God, and Savior of the World, longed hoped for by the people of Israel. There are at least three lessons from the wonderings of the Magi, or three kings or wise men as they […]

TV Mass Homily 12/29/2019

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. After the preparations, celebrations and cleanup from the most recent Christmas Day, I imagine many of you a bit weary and yearn for some downtime. Christmas in the Church however is not only one day; it is a season for reflection, […]

TV Mass Homily 12/22/2019

Today we lit the last of the Advent candles. Our wait for the coming of the Lord is almost over. Christmas Day is only three days away. Whether Christ is with us on that day and the days that follow depends on whether we see the light of Christ in the window of our hearts. […]

TV Mass Homily 12/15/2019

Today the third candle on the Advent wreath has been lighted, purple vestments are replaced with rose ones, as we celebrate Gaudete, Rejoice, Sunday, for the coming of the Lord is nearer. In less than two weeks we will celebrate the Nativity of the Lord, Christmas. As we anticipate that joyful spiritual and family time, […]

TV Mass Homily 12/8/2019

Those my age grew up enjoying Peanuts cartoons both in the daily paper and on TV. I am a bit nostalgic for the simplicity and subtle moral message told with humor they brought every day. Fortunately every year we have the opportunity to view once again on television A Charlie Brown Christmas. Now decades old, […]

TV Mass Homily 12/01/2019

I pray that you all had a thanks filled Thanksgiving Day and took the opportunity to count your blessings and thank God for them. Someone said that gratitude is the memory of the heart. Every Thanksgiving day I try to remember who helped shape my life – my grandparents and other relatives, teachers, friends, some […]

TV Mass Homily 11/24/2019

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus, King of the Universe, known most familiarly as Christ the King. This feast day was added to the Church calendar only in 1925 to counter the atheism, nationalism, materialism and anti-Catholicism when communism and fascism were on the rise, all of which are not known for […]