Deacon Mark Ebben articles

Deacon Mark Ebben articles


Posted by Cheryl Kumm on 2/15/21

The first reading for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time tells us “40 days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed.” Jonah did not want the evil Ninevites (present-day Iraq) to recognize their errors and repent. He wanted to see the enemy of his people destroyed, so he prophesized this ... Read More »

REJOICE 12.13.2020

Posted by Cheryl Kumm on 2/15/21

        This Sunday is Gaudete Sunday, Rejoice Sunday. In our second reading, St. Paul tells us “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” We wear rose vestments and light the rose candle ... Read More »


Posted by Cheryl Kumm on 9/16/20

Today’s readings are challenging. For example: What is the church trying to say to us by relating the dialogue that Jesus had with the Canaanite woman? What do all three readings have to do with us, people of the 21st century?       

The Canaanite woman wins healing for her ... Read More »


Posted by Cheryl Kumm on 6/19/20

This Sunday is the 13th Sunday in “Ordinary Time." In the Catholic Church’s Liturgical Year, “Ordinary Time” refers to all of the times that are not included in the major seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.

With the pandemic these past few months, life has not been “ordinary.”  ... Read More »

The Woman at the Well - March 15, 2020

Posted by Cheryl Kumm on 5/11/20

Did you ever feel like saying, “There must be something more to life”? Whenever we hear someone say that, it shows we need more Jesus in our lives. Having Jesus in the center makes our entire life better. When we focus on Christ, our entire life falls into place. ... Read More »

The Lamb of God - January 19, 2020

Posted by Cheryl Kumm on 1/16/20

When you came into church today, you probably noticed that the Christmas decorations are gone. You know where Mary, Joseph and Jesus are, don’t you? No, they are not in Egypt. They are in boxes for storage. Some of the poinsettias may remain. They, particularly the red flowers, are ... Read More »

Will the Wolf be the Guest of the Lamb? - December 8, 2019

Posted by Cheryl Kumm on 12/11/19

When I ask people what kind of a world we live in, some describe it as scary, lawless, cruel, immoral or greedy. We Christians may not like the way the world is in this moment, and we are called to maintain true hope and trust that the world of ... Read More »

Walking into Church - October 27, 2019

Posted by Cheryl Kumm on 10/31/19

In today’s Gospel reading, a Pharisee and a tax collector go into the temple to pray. For some of us, it may be difficult to walk into a church, even our own parish church. We enter, and we look at the tabernacle. Perhaps the thought comes into our minds: “God is ... Read More »

Why go on a pilgrimage? - September 15, 2019

Posted by Cheryl Kumm on 10/01/19

This weekend, September 13-15, more than 40 parishioners will either hike or bike 50 miles from Holy Cross to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin. Why do people go on a pilgrimage? A pilgrimage is a journey that one undertakes to a sacred ... Read More »

Do Our Possessions Possess Us? - August 4, 2019

Posted by Cheryl Kumm on 8/07/19

Today’s Gospel reading from Luke speaks about how we can get carried away with our possessions. Jesus indicates that anyone “who stores up treasures for himself and is not rich toward God” is foolish (Luke 12:21). What does it mean to be “rich toward God?” When we view ... Read More »


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