Roundtable: Return to Mass

Parish Round Table: Return to Mass

Join us on Zoom as we discuss returning to Mass amid a pandemic. The conversation will look at the following questions:
1. What has your experience been returning to in-person Mass or participating via the radio or live-stream?
2. What have you found challenging in returning to Mass?
3. What blessings and graces have you received as you return to Mass?
All parishioners are welcome to join us in the Zoom conversation via their computer or phone. Share your experience, and ask questions you may have, as we help support each other in these uncertain times.
Zoom Meeting ID: 932 9535 8123
Password: SMOchat
Phone number: 1.312.626.6799
Zoom Meeting ID: 932 9535 8123
Password: 4214598

Radio Broadcast of Mass this Sunday!

Join us for Mass from YOUR car!

Thanks to Oskaloosa Catholic radio 95.7 KMFH we are now broadcasting the 8am and 5pm Mass every Sunday! Park within two clocks of the church to receive the signal, then join us in the courtyard for communion.

We welcome those participating in Mass from their vehicles to join us for Communion in the courtyard.

    • Park within two blocks of the Church to receive the signal. 
    • Tune into 98.5 to listen to the Mass.
    • After the ‘Lamb of God’ those wishing to receive communion can make their way to the courtyard.
    • Everyone is asked to wear a mask and socially distant from one another when coming to receive Communion.
    • Please wear your mask when approaching the Eucharist Minister.
    • After receiving the host, move to the side, remove your mask, and consume the host in the courtyard.
    • Then return to your car for the end of Mass.



Family Faith Formation Starting Soon!

We are getting ready for the upcoming Faith Formation year!

Find out more about…


      • Join us on Zoom – Sunday, August 23rd at 7pm!
        • Meeting ID will be emailed out to all parishioners
      • Join us in person – Thursday, August 27 at 6pm
        • St. Mary’s Church – Safe social distancing will be practiced and participants will be asked to wear a mask.

Parent Handbooks and registration was mailed out to our Faith Formation families. If you do not receive the handbook via mail please contact Samantha.

Homily, August 9, 2020

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2020 – 19th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Deacon Lowell Van Wyk

Full List of Reading

I am especially excited today because today is a special day for several of our young ladies and gentlemen, their families and their guests. Today several of our young people will receive the body of Christ for the first time. Communion, the Eucharist is where we encounter Jesus, who is both man and God.  We also encounter God in His Word, the Bible:


In our first reading we heard of the Prophet Elijah’s encounter with God Do you know what a prophet does? A prophet is someone who speaks for God and tells us when we stray from God and how to get closer to Him.

Some people don’t like to hear the truth; that they are doing things wrong and they get angry. When you were baptized, you became a prophet. So all of us who are baptized need to tell the truth no matter how hard it is.

God sent Elijah to tell King Ahab and his queen Jezebel to stop worshipping the idol Baal. Ahab and Jezebel became very angry at Elijah. Elijah was afraid the King would hurt him; So Elijah ran away to a mountain and waited in a cave to hear from God. Elijah was a little afraid that God would be mad at him for not finishing the job God had asked him to do. First there came a wind so strong that it was crushing rocks, then came a terrible earthquake and finally there was a huge fire.

But Guess what? God was not in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire.

God is never mad at us, so he doesn’t yell at us or make a lot of noise.   God loves us.

God comes to us like He revealed himself to Elijah, in a tiny whispering sound.

Where Do You Find God?

It is good for you to reach out to God in prayer every day, but it is hard to hear His answer isn’t it. Like Elijah you may not find God where you would expect. Think of some ways God talks to you quietly, in a tiny whispering voice. Can God’s voice be in little acts of kindness from a teacher or a friend? Maybe it is the way your parents take care of you. Cooking meals for you. Making sure you go to school. Bringing you to Mass.

Being part of a family is a gift from God. There are so many ways parents show the love of God by the way they love you. Like Jesus they want to be there for you when you are having trouble.

Jesus Helping Us Saving Us from Drowning

Do you remember what happened in today’s Gospel reading? The disciples where in a boat trying to row against strong waves that were pushing them backward. Along came Jesus walking on the water. At first they thought He was a ghost and they were afraid, but when Jesus spoke to them, Peter was so happy to see Jesus

Peter got out of the boat and started to walk toward Jesus on the water. All of a sudden Peter got scared because in his mind he knew it was impossible for a man to walk on water so he stated to sink. Lucky for Peter, Jesus was there to save him from drowning. Being part of a family means we can count on having help when we need it.

Today when you receive the body of Christ, you are invited into the family of God the Father, Of God the Son, and of God the Holy Spirit. You are also sharing communion with our family of believers. As you grow and get more involved with friends, school and other things you like to do. Remember; God, your family, and your church family are always here for you. Come to Mass often to receive that body of Christ and so we,  your church family, get to see you!!!

Homily 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A), Given by Fr. Troy Richmond

Readings for the 18th Sunday

There is a story about a small-town trial many years ago.  Everyone was gathered in the courthouse.  The prosecuting attorney called his first witness, an elderly woman, to the stand.  He approached her and asked, “Mrs. Jones, do you know me?”  She responded, “Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I’ve known you since you were a young boy. And, frankly, you’ve been a big disappointment.  “You lie, you cheat on your wife, you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. Yes, I know you.”

The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, “Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?”  She replied,  “Why, of course I do. “I’ve known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. I used to babysit him. “And he, too, has been a real disappointment. He’s lazy, bigoted, and has a drinking problem.   “The man can’t build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is shoddy and crooked. Yes, I know him.”  At this point, the judge rapped the courtroom to silence and called both counselors to the bench.  In a very quiet voice, he said with menace, “If either of you ask her if she knows me, I’ll hold you both in contempt of court!”

We may be afraid that if other people found out the truth about us, they would reject us and be disappointed in us – but not Christ.  For him, our misery is a magnet that attracts his healing, transforming love.

Today’s readings bring home the fact that Jesus is always concerned about the needs of others before His own.  His cousin, John the Baptist, had just been killed and all that Jesus wanted was a quiet space to have some time to grieve.  Yet, the people followed Him; thousands of people were flocking to see Jesus, to see what He could do for them.  And, despite the vast number of people who were hungry, through the multiplication of the loaves, they were all satisfied, they all had their fill.

That is what Jesus does for us each time we come to Mass.  He knows that we come tired, hungry, bruised and beaten up by the world we live in, a world wounded by sin.  And all we desire is someone who understands what we’ve been through, someone who is willing and eager to fill that emptiness in our hearts, that space that can only be filled by the Lord.

When we receive Jesus in Holy Communion, we might think it is a moment when we receive Jesus, His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.  It is also a moment when Jesus receives us, when He meets us where we are at, and is so ready to offer us healing, restoration, and a little foretaste of heaven in the midst of the trials of this life.

Today, in a very special way, we rejoice that several of our youth are receiving Jesus in Holy Communion for the very first time.  Let us pray that as we come to the Lord, as we receive the Lord who, in turn, receives us, we will have the same amazement and joy of Spirit as those who will in a few short moments receive Christ’s Body and Blood for the very first time.  Amen.

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Sunday, July 26, 2020 – The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Act of Spiritual Communion 
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite me wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.