Roc Homily – 4th Sunday Ordinary Time 2016 (Cycle C)

Roc Homily – 4th Sunday Ordinary Time 2016 (Cycle C) This gospel addresses our very human tendency to domesticate God in Christ.  Luke’s Jesus provokes the locals essentially telling them that their sense of entitlement to divine blessings was forfeit! That would tick anyone off, right! Luke 4:22-30    Indeed, I tell you, there were many […]

Roc Homily – 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time 2016 (Cycle C)

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time – Jesus announces his mission in the synagogue at Nazareth Preface for Sundays III:     For we know it belongs to your boundless glory, That you came to the aid of mortal beings with your divinity And even fashioned for us a remedy out of mortality itself  That the cause of our downfall Might become […]

Roc Homily – 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time 2016 (Cycle C)

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time – The Wedding Feast at Cana (2nd attempt!) Isaiah situates us before God and, along with John, speaks to our hearts in that place we are “forsaken” and “desolate.”  Might Green Bay Packer fans have experienced the ups & downs of the past season and ended up “forsaken” and “desolate?” […]

Gerry Stockhausen, SJ – Concluding Remarks & Commendation [5]

The Wake & Funeral of Fr. Gerard L. Stockhausen, SJ – January 16, 2016 [5]   Following the Prayer after Communion, I offered a few reflections… mainly that mortality sucks!!! Fr. Tim Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference and Gerry’s boss, concluded with the several final prayers.  The Jesuit concelebrants stood around Gerry’s remains and […]

Gerry Stockhausen, SJ – Homily at his Funeral Mass [4]

The Wake & Funeral of Fr. Gerard L. Stockhausen, SJ – January 16, 2016 [4] John Staudenmeier, SJ, friend & colleague of Gerry’s from University of Detroit-Mercy, remembered several stories about him that revealed something about his life. He preached on Matthew 13:44 – finding the treasure in the field & buying the whole field.  Be blest […]

Gerry Stockhausen, SJ – Scripture Readings for Funeral Mass [3]

The Wake & Funeral of Fr. Gerard L. Stockhausen, SJ – January 16, 2016 [3] The liturgy began with singing, “How Can I Keep from Singing” as over 200 family & friends gathered with 35-40 Jesuits to give thanks to God for Gerry’s life, friendship, & ministry. Fr. Greg O’Meara, SJ, Gerry’s rector at Creighton […]

Gerry Stockhausen, SJ – Wake, Prayer, & Stories [1]

The Wake & Funeral of Fr. Gerard L. Stockhausen, SJ – January 16, 2016 [1] Family & friends began gathering at the Church of the Gesu (where Stock was ordained & served during the summer after ordination) around 12:30 pm.  The Wake began with a prayer and an invitation to the assembled to share stories […]

Gerry Stockhausen, SJ – Eulogy by his brother, Andy [2]

The Wake & Funeral of Fr. Gerard L. Stockhausen, SJ – January 16, 2016 [2] After a prayer and 30 minutes of sharing stories and before the funeral liturgy, Andy Stockhausen spoke about his relationship with his youngest brother, Gerry. And he told about Gerry’s bout with a very rare form of leukemia, his bone […]

Roc Homily – 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time 2016 (Cycle C)

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time – The Wedding Feast at Cana (I) Isaiah situates us before God and, along with John, speaks to our hearts in that place we are “forsaken” and “desolate.”  John’s gospel points to Jesus as the one who transforms us into knowing we are “God’s delight” and “espoused.”  A possible preparation […]

In Our Yellow Submarine – On the Death of a Dear Friend

My good friend & classmate died yesterday. Gerry Stockhausen, SJ died of complications following bone marrow transplant in August. His body just shut down. Unbelievable. He told me last Friday he had not planned his funeral. A bit unlike him since he was an Eagle Scout and otherwise quite thorough & attentive to details. “We’ll just […]

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