Bishop DeGrood's homily from September 5, 2021. This weekend, Bishop talked about times in his life when he experienced fear and reflected on how Jesus must have felt as his crucifixion drew closer. We are encouraged to run to Mary with our fear. Run to Jesus. Run to the Father. They will guide us and take away our fear.
Bishop DeGrood's homily from August 22, 2021. This week Bishop DeGrood reflects on our society choosing self over God. He asks us what is keeping us from having God as our number one. In a world with many "gods," will we continue to put ourselves over God? Or will we take on the mindset of Joshua and go against the cultural current and serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15)?
Bishop DeGrood's homily from August 15, 2021. On this solemnity of the Assumption, Bishop talks about Mary's beautiful witness of being faithful to God. We are reminded that Mary is not just our intercessor, but our mother who journeys through life with us, encouraging us along the way.
Bishop DeGrood's homily from July 25, 2021. This week Bishop DeGrood talks about faith being a gift from God. In a time where many are agnostic or atheist God finds ways to call his uncertain or disillusioned children to himself. We are reminded as Catholics we are called to walk alongside our faithful and uncertain brothers and sisters on our way to heaven, and trust in the power of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Bishop DeGrood's homily from July 11, 2021. This week Bishop DeGrood talks about feelings of inadequacy and our belief that great things can't happen through us because of our own human limitations. Instead of focusing on what we can do ourselves, Bishop reminds us God's love and power is always greater and allows us to flourish.
Bishop DeGrood's homily from June 27, 2021. This week Bishop DeGrood reflects on the strong forces of evil he's faced in his life. Our world is in desperate need of the healing power of Jesus, but will we accept this healing as the hemorrhaging woman or Jairus, the synagogue official, did? Bishop encourages us to seek healing in the sacrament of confession so we may become the ambassadors of God's love we are called to be.
Bishop DeGrood's homily from June 6, 2021. On this Corpus Christi Sunday, Bishop DeGrood teaches about the Real Presence and what an extraordinary gift it is for us to be able to receive Jesus' body, blood, soul and divinity in the Eucharist. Bishop also teaches about sacrifices of the Old Testament and how Jesus is the most unblemished of all sacrifices out of love for us.
Bishop DeGrood's homily from May 9, 2021. Today Bishop teaches about joy- one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. We are given two beautiful examples of this joy. Jesus, who did the will of the Father and not his own. And the Blessed Mother Mary who was open and disposed to God's will all her life. Will we choose to follow the example of our our Lord and his mother?
Bishop DeGrood's homily from May 2, 2021. On this feast of St. Joseph the Worker, patron saint of our diocese, Bishop DeGrood teaches about the dignity of human labor. He reminds us to labor in love and offer our work and vocation to the Lord.