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June 16-23, 2024

Friar's Footnotes by Fr. John Prenger, OFP

Hi everybody.

I'm a day early because I am at a ecumenical conference Monday through Wednesday this week. Do hold me in prayer.  So this will be brief.

Our upcoming weekend scriptures are: Job 38:1-11; Psalm 107; 2 Corinthians 5: 14-17 (18-21); and Mark 4: 35-41.  The Job reading is part of its conclusion where God answers Job out of the whirlwind, basically saying I am God and there is much mystery about me.  The second reading continues with St. Paul saying 'The Love of Christ' is what compels him in his apostolic service.  The gospel is the Marcan story of the windstorm on the sea of Galilee and the disciples' fear and awe at Jesus' command over wind and waves.

Chapel Schedule 
Noon Tuesday Eucharist (June 18), Fr. Jim presiding
Noon Thursday Eucharist (June 20), Fr. Jim presiding
5 pm Saturday Eucharist (June 22), Fr. Jim presiding


"Silence is precious: by keeping silence and knowing how to listen to God, the soul grows in wisdom and God teaches it what it cannot learn from men."  Bl. Anne of St. Bartholomew, Carmelite sister (1549-1626)

"Do good everywhere, so that everyone can say: this is a child of Christ."  St. Pio of Pietrelcina

"Sin makes one a coward; but a life in the truth of Christ makes one bold"  St John Chrysostom

God bless and keep you.  STAY COOL, literally and figuratively!!

Fr. John ofp



Padre’s Pontifications by Fr. Jim McNeely

June 2024

1.        Spiritual Formation Moment:  If you have not read Dr. Richard Foster’s book, Celebration of Discipline, please add it to your reading list. It is a wealth of information on how to develop a life focused on holy living.

2.        Reflections on our Life Together: We’ve had many conversations over the past few weeks about what our future holds. I want to contribute just one thought to the ongoing conversations: The concept of paradigms. I first learned about these from Dr.  Stephen Covey’s seminal book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  A paradigm is a mental model of how we believe things are. For example, one of the paradigms we have is what it means to be married. We have “role expectations” for ourselves and our partner. The problem, of course, is that our partners have their own paradigms that are somewhat different from ours. Often, the first years of marriage are about adjusting our marriage paradigms to better fit our specific marriage situation. Paradigms can and often do change…it’s called a “paradigm shift”.

Our life in the Order and chapel community also has a paradigm – a group of mental beliefs about the way things should be and are. Those mental models are not without consequence for us as individuals and as a group. So, let’s examine our paradigms! What are your beliefs here? How is our community living up to your paradigm? What do our beliefs and actions create? What adjustments need to be made?

3.        Events: As of now, I have no one who has responded to coming for the Cubs v. Royals game in Kansas City on July 28. So…I am gonna give one more chance because I am a softy. Deadline is JUNE 15.

4.        Humor: In the spirit of a paradigm shift, here is a little story about Fr. John. The year after his priestly ordination, he worked in a parish that had a children’s sermon just before the homily. After the children’s sermon, the children would go out for a children’s church experience. So, John’s first Sunday with the children’s sermon went like this:

John: “Okay everybody, what is a little creature with a bushy tail that goes up and down trees?”

Children: *Silence*

John: “Okay, what is a little creature with a bushy tail that goes up and down trees and eats acorns?”

Children: *Silence* Then a little boy raises his hand.

John: Charlie, yes!

Charlie: “Father? I know the answer is supposed to be Jesus, but it sounds like a squirrel to me…”

Dr. Jim McNeely+
Parent, Priest, Person