Homily - First Priesthood Mass
May 29, 2010, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
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During Fr. Joe's first Mass as a priest, celebrated in his home parish of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Hastings, he preached the attached homily on the grace he hopes all who attend his ordination celebrations will receive with open hearts: for strength to become the men and women who God made each of us to be.
 
Bulletin - All Saints Church
May 30, 2010
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At Fr. Joe's second Mass of Thanksgiving, Fr. Tom Wilson preached the homily, some of which was about the Feast of the Holy Trinity, some of which was his perspective on Fr. Joe's journey to the priesthood.  Fr. Tom had been the Vocations Director during most of Joe's journey through the formation process before Fr. Tom was appointed pastor of All Saints in the summer of 2008. The comments about (Fr.) Joe in Fr. Wilson's homily were quite similar to the article about (Fr.) Joe that Fr. Wilson wrote for the front cover of the parish bulletin, which is attached.
 
Homily - Our Lady of Guadalupe
May 31, 2010
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On the Feast of the Visitation, Fr. Joe preached a bi-lingual Spanish and English homily at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in St. Paul, where Joe did his Hispanic Ministry internship during the summer of 2008.  The text of the homily is attached.
 
Homily - Chicago Mass of Thanksgiving
June 2, 2010; St. Peter's in the Loop
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On Wedneday, June 2, Fr. Joe was the principal celebrant at the 5 PM Mass at St. Peter's in the Loop, downtown Chicago, with Fr. Kurt Hartrich, the parish pastor, concelebrating.  Attached is the homily that Fr. Joe preached.
 
Homily - St. Mary's Star of the Sea
June 5, 2010 - Corpus Christi Vigil
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On Saturday evening, June 5, the Vigil of the Feast of Corpus Christi, Fr. Joe was the principal celebrant of the Mass of Thanksgiving in the beautiful church of St. Mary's Star of the Sea in downtown Jackson, MI.  The parish's pastor, Fr. Cecelio Reyna concelebrated.  The text of the homily that Fr. Joe preached is attached.
 
Homily - Queen of the Miraculous Medal
June 6, 2010; Jackson, MI
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On the Feast of Corpus Christi, Fr. Joe was the principal celebrant, with Pastor Bob McGraw concelebrating, at the noon Mass at Queen of the Miraculous Medal Church in Jackson, MI, where Joe had been a parishioner most of the time he lived in Michigan.  Attached is the homily Fr. Joe preached. 
 
Homily - Regina Chapel
Feast of the Sacred Heart, June 11, 2010
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On the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, at the culmination of the Year for Priests, Fr. Joe returned to the Regina Hospital Chapel to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving, with concelebrants Hospital Chaplain Robert Altier, Fr. Jim Perkl, and Fr. Allan Paul Eilen.  Attached is the text of Fr. Joe's homily.
 
Homily - St. Joseph Church
Jackson, MI June 12, 2010 @ 8:30 AM
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Fr. Joe was the celebrant of the 8:30 AM Mass at St. Joseph's Church in Jackson, the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, after which he sat in the confessional for the first time.  The attached roughly refelects the homily that he preached in a largely sponanteous manner.
 
Homily - Christ the King
Ann Arbor MI, June 12, 2010
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On June 12, Fr. Joe returned to Christ the King in Ann Arbor, his parish during his  last couple years in Michigan; a parish pastored by Fr. Ed Fride, the director of the Ave Maria Pre-Theology program, to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgivng, with Fr. Ed as the principal concelebrant.  A homily script is attached.  An audio recording of Fr. Joe's homily, which begins with the gospel (proclaimed by Deacon Larry Randolph), can be downloaded at: http://ctkcc.libsyn.com/
 
Homily - St. Peter's, Forest Lake
Sunday, June 13 11 AM
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On Sunday, June 13 I completed my first set of Masses of Thanksgiving, by  returning to St. Peter's in Forest Lake, MN, where I served as a deacon intern during the summer of 2009.  There I was the principal celebrant at the 11 AM Mass, with pastor Fr. Don DeGrood and associate Fr. Mark Joppa concelebrating.  The homily I preached is attached. 
 
Homily - Most Holy Trinity
July 24 Fowler, MI
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On Saturday morning I was the principal celebrant at the 8:15 AM Mass at Most Holy Trinity parish in Fowler.  The parish's pastor, Fr. Dennis Howard, concelebrated.  Attached is the homily I preached.
 
Homily - REFLECT Retreat Closing Mass
July 25 DeWitt, MI
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On July 25 Fr. Joe was the celebrant for the closing Mass of the REFLECT retreat, which was celebrated in the chapel of Bethany House at the St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt.  Attached is the manuscript of the homily Fr. Joe preached, which includes most of the extemporaneus comments as well as the text Fr. Joe intended to preach but did not.
 
Homily - Holy Trinity Church
July 28 McKeesport, PA
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On Wednesday morning, Fr. Joe returned to Holy Trinity Church, where he often attended daily Mass in 1998 in the Pittsburgh area, to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving, with the parish's parochial vicar, Fr. O'Leary concelebrating.  Attached is the homily preached by Fr. Joe.
 
Homily - St. Ignatius of Antioch
July 28, Cleveland
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On Wednesday, July 28, Fr. Joe celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady of Antioch Church in Cleveland with Fr. Jim McGonegal, pastor of St. Ignatius, and Fr. David, priest in residence, concelebrating.  In attendance were former work colleages from FirstEnergy as well as Angel Valencia's family.  The homily preached by Fr. Joe is attached.
 
Homily - Defending the Faith Travelers Mass
July 30 Steubenville, OH
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On Friday afternoon, July 30, Fr. Joe was the main celebrant (with about 8 priest concelebrating, including newly-ordained Michael Flanagan of the Diocese of Lexington, KY), at the Traveler's Mass for the Defending the Faith Summer Adult Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  Attached is the homily preached by Fr. Joe to the conference attendees in Finnegan Fieldhouse.
 
Homily - St. Joseph's Church, Clayton, MO
Saturday, August 14 @ 8 AM
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Fr. Joe was the principal celebrant at the Saturday morning, 8 AM Mass at St. Joseph's Church in Clayton MO on August 14, the Memorial of St. Maximilan Kolbe.  Concelebrating were Fr. John Shamleffer, pastor of St. Joseph's, Fr. Jim Goeke, Fr. Joseph Jiang, and Fr. Julius of Uganda.  Attached is the homily that Fr. Joe preached.
 
Homily - All Saint's Church, St. Peters, MO
Saturday, August 14 @ 5 PM
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Fr. Joe was the principal celebrant and homilist at the 5 PM Mass at All Saints Church in St. Peter's MO, the Vigil of the Feast of the Assumption.  Fr. Don Wester, pastor, concelebrated.  Attached is the homily that Fr. Joe preached.
 
Homily - St. Anne's of Winona
September 24, Winona, MN
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On September 24, the 80th wedding anniversary of Fr. Joe's deceased maternal grandparents, he celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving in the nursing home chapel of St. Anne's Extended Healthcare, the place where both of his grandmother's lived prior to their deaths.  As part of the Mass, Fr. Joe blessed the vestments he was wearing, which were ordination gifts that had not been worn before.  The text of the homily at the Mass is attached.
 
Homily - REFRESH Retreat Closing Mass
Howell, MI November 14
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On Sunday afternoon November 14, Fr. Joe celebrated the closing Mass of the REFRESH retreat for young adult singles in the Knoll Lodge at the Howell Nature center outside of Howell, MI.  Attached is the homily he preached at the Mass.
 
Homily St. Stanislaus Kostka
December 10 - Winona, MN
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On Friday, December 10, Fr. Joe was the principal celebrant, with Deacon Justin Green assisting, at the regularly-scheduled 8 AM morning Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Winona, MN.  Attached is the homily that Fr. Joe preached. 

 
Homily - Tech Catholic Community
January 23, 2011 Cambridge MA
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On Sunday, January 23, Fr. Joe was the principal celebrant, with Fr. Richard Clancy the Tech Catholic Community Chaplain concelebrating, at the 5 PM Mass at the Kresge Chapel on the Campus of MIT.  Attached is the homily which Fr. Joe preached.
 
Homily - Sisters of Charity Chapel
January 26, 2011 Baltic, CT
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In between waves of a blizzard, Fr. Joe celebrated a special Mass, on the Memorial of Saints. Timothy and Titus, in the convent chapel of the Sisters of Charity in Baltic, CT at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, January 26.  Attached is the homily which he preached.
 
Homily - St. Anthony's Shrine
January 27, 2011 Boston, MA
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On Thursday, January 27, Fr. Joe presided at the 12:30 PM Mass at St. Anthony Shrine in downtown Boston.  Attached is the homily that he preached.
 
Homily - St. Luke's Church Indianapolis
February 15 @ 5:30 PM
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On Tuesday, February 15, Fr. Joe celebrated the 5:30 PM Mass in the daily Mass chapel of St. Luke's Church on the north side of Indianapolis.  Attached is the homily that he preached.
 
Homily - St. Patrick Church DC
March 2 @ 12:10
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On Wednesday, March 2, Fr. Joe was the celebrant at the regularly-scheduled 12:10 PM Mass at St. Patrick Church in downtown Washington, DC.  Attached is the homily that he preached.
 
Homily - St. Matthew Cathedral
March 2, 2011 @ 5:30 PM Washington, DC
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On Wednesday, March 2, Fr. Joe was the principal celebrant, with Fr. Jack Hurley concelebrating, of the regularly scheduled 5:30 PM Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.  Attached is the homily that he preached.
 
Homily - Our Lady of Lourdes, Arlington, VA
March 3, 2011 @ 6:45 AM
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On Thursday, March 3, the Memorial of St. Katherine Drexel, Fr. Joe was the principal celebrant (with Parochial Vicar Fr. Paul Berghout concelebrating) at the 6:45 AM Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Arlington, VA.  Attached is the brief homily that Fr. Joe preached at the Mass.
 
Homily - Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Carmel, IN
March 3, 2011 @ 6:15 PM
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On Thursday, March 3, the Memorial of St. Katherine Drexel, Fr. Joe was the principal celebrant (with pastor Richard Doerr concelebrating and 4 knights corps servers as the acolytes) of the 6:15 PM Mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Carmel, IN.  Attached is the homily that Fr. Joe preached.
 
Homily - Sacred Heart Church
Pince Creek, WI March 19 @ 8 PM
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On Saturday evening, March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Fr. Joe returned to the parish of his paternal ancestors to serve as the principal celebrant at the regularly-scheduled 8 PM Sunday anticipatory Mass at Sacred Heart Parish in Pine Creek, WI.  The pastor, Fr. Joseph O'Hara, concelebrated.  Attached is the homily that Fr. Joe preached at the Mass.
 
Homily - Ave Maria University
March 24 @ noon
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On Thursday, March 24, Fr. Joe was the principal celebrant, with 4 priests of Ave Maria University concelebrating (includig Fr. Piotr Paciorek, Pre-Theology Director; Fr. Robert Garrity, campus minister; Fr. Eamon McManus, spiritual director) at the regularly-scheduled noon-time Mass at the Ave Maria Oratory.  Attached is the text of the homily that Fr. Joe preached.
 
Homily - Sacred Heart Cathedral
April 3, 2011 @ 7 PM Winona, MN
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On Sunday, April 3, Fr. Joe was the Principal Celebrant (with Fr. Tom Niehaus concelebrating and serving as Master of Ceremonies and Fr. Mike concelebrating) at the 7 PM Mass, which is geared for college students, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Winona.  Fr. Joe's parents were married at the Cathedral years before.  Attached is the homily which Fr. Joe preached at the Mass.
 
Homily - Mary Immaculate Church
April 10 @ 9 AM Kirksville, MO
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On Sunday April 10, Fr. Joe was the principal celebrant (which Fr. Chris Cordes concelebrating and Mr. Ralph Cupelli serving as the liturgical director) of the regularly-scheduled 9 AM parish Mass, which was celebrated in the school gym on account of renovations to the church building.  Attached is the homily that Fr. Joe preached.
 
Homily - Catholic Neman Center
April 10, 2011 @ 11 AM & 7 PM Kirksville, MO
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On Sunday, April 10, Fr. Joe was the principal celebrant (with Newman Center Chaplain Fr. Bill Kottenstette concelebrating) at the regularly-scheduled 11 AM Mass at the Catholic Newman Center at his alma mater Truman State Univeristy, as well as serving as the celebrant at the regularly-scheduled 7 PM Mass at the Newman Center.  Attached is the text of the homily that he preached.
 
Homily - St. Joseph's Church
April 11, 2011 @ 8 AM Edina, MO
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On Monday, April 11, Fr. Joe was the celebrant, with Deacon Ken Berry assisting, at the regularly-scheduled 8 AM Mass at St. Joseph's Church in Edina, MO.  Attached is the homily that he preached.
 
Homily - St. Jude Shrine (Our Lady of Guadalupe)
Chicago, IL April 29 @ 8 AM
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On Friday, April 29, the Friday of the Octave of Easter, normally the Memorial of St. Catherine of Sienna, Fr. Joe served as the celebrant at the 8 AM Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe/St. Jude Shrine on th far south side of Chicago.  Attached is the homily that Fr. Joe preached.
 
Homily - Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate
Cambridge, ON May 5 @ 7:45 AM
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On Thursday, Fr. Joe celebrated a special 7:45 AM Mass in the convent chapel of the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate.  The text of the homily he preached at the Mass is attached.

Fr. Joe also concelebrated at the 9:30 AM Mass, with Fr. Higgins as the principal celebrant, in the chapel of the Marian Residence, which is run by the SOLI sisters.
 
Homily - O'Hare Airport Chapel
Chicago, IL - May 12, 2011 @ 11:30 AM
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Fr. Joe was the concelebrant (with Fr. Jerry as the principal celebrant) of the regularly-scheduled 11:30 AM Mass at the O'Hare Airport Chapel on Thursday, May 12.  Attached is the homily the Fr. Joe preached.
 
Homily - St. Joseph Cathedral
Columbus, OH Oct. 5, 2011 @ 5:15 PM
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Fr. Joe was the celebrant for the regularly-scheduled 5:15 Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus.  Attached is the text of the homily he preached.
 
Deacon Ordination Homily 1
Homily for Evening Prayer - May 2, 2009
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On the evening I was ordained a deacon, 2 May 2009, family and out of town guests gathered at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church to celebrate Evening Prayer and share a meal thereafter in Mother Seton Hall, in some ways forshadowing the evening of my priesthood ordination.  Attached is the brief homily I gave at that evening prayer, describing the commitment I made that day as well as the God-given call that each of us has in our own lives.
 
First Deacon Mass Homily
May 3, 2009, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
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The day after I was ordained a deacon I served as a deacon, which included preaching my first homily in a Mass, in my home parish of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Hastings, and later that day I preached a slightly modified version at my teaching parish, All Saints in Lakeville.  Attached is the Hastings version of the homily.
 
Detailed Mass Guide - Fr. Joe's First Mass
May 29, 2010 @ 4:30 PM
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The attached is intended for those who are not familiar with the Catholic Mass to print and bring with them to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church so that they know what to do and say during Fr. Joe's First Mass.  Less detailed guides will be available at the Church, as well, at the time of Mass.

Similar detailed documents for the Ordination Mass and other Masses of Thanksgiving are in the process of being developed and will be posted when they are completed.

The homily that Fr. Joe preaches at his First Mass (as will be true of the other homilies at his Masses of Thanksgiving), will be posted after the Mass (at which they are preached).