September 29-30 Weekend Mass Time changes

Sat September 29 @ 5:00 PM St Augustine, Bowdle 

Sat September 29 @ 7:00 PM Holy Trinity, Hosmer

Sun September 30 @ 10:00 AM St Anthony, Hoven

This is switch only affects the times for this particular weekend.

Holy Week

Mar 29 Holy Thursday 7:00 pm St Anthony, Hoven

Mar 30 Good Friday 3:00 pm St Augustine, Bowdle

Mar 31 Easter Vigil 8:00 pm St Anthony, Hoven

April 1 Easter Sunday

8:30 am Holy Trinity, Hosmer; 10:30 am St Augustine, Bowdle and 12:30 pm St Anthony, Hoven


Christmas Mass Times along with 4th Sunday of Advent 2017

Dec 24 St John, Onaka, 7:00 pm

Dec 24 St Anthony, Hoven, 10:00 pm (Caroling 9:30 pm)

Dec 25 St Augustine, Bowdle 10:30 am 

Note: January 1, 2018 not a Holy Day of Obligation this year.

4th Sunday of Advent 

Dec 23 St Anthony, Hoven 5:00 pm

Dec 23 St John, Onaka 7:00 pm

Dec 24 St Augustine, Bowdle 10:30 am


Father Kevin’s Reflection– April 17, 2016– Fourth Sunday of Easter

Quotes 2The Fourth Sunday of Easter is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday because of the Scripture readings and Mass prayers appointed for this day in the Liturgy. Today’s Communion Antiphon, for example, proclaims that “The Good Shepherd has risen, Who laid down His life for His sheep and willingly died for His flock, alleluia.”   The Latin word for shepherd is pastor, and this reveals why the Church asks us to pray for more priests on Good Shepherd Sunday.


The call to the priesthood comes from God, and the Lord has promised always to provide shepherds for His people.   In the Book of Jeremiah, the Lord promised Israel: “I will give you shepherds after My own Heart.” (Jeremiah 3:15) But He also asks us to seek the gift of pastors in prayer: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38)


In Africa, in South America, and in Oceania, the number of young men offering themselves for priestly formation is on the rise, in some cases a dramatic rise.  As you know already, however, this is not the case in Europe and in North America — the “developed” world — and the disparity points to one of the chief difficulties for the young men among us who are being called today: sometimes the call is not heard because of the noise in which we live.  This “noise” takes many shapes (e.g. desire for a lucrative career, fear of loneliness, the presence of so many options that making any choice is difficult, etc), but whatever the source of the noise, if the man being called never hears the call, we may assume he’ll never find his place and purpose in life. But even worse than such noise is the failure to live the Christian life with a full understanding of what a radical way of life it is.


The priesthood is not a life for extraordinary men; it is an ordinary Christian way of life for ordinary Christian men.   But the key to hearing and answering the call is that the man must understand what it means to be a Christian, to be a disciple of the Jesus.  The radical thing is not forsaking marriage and giving one’s life to the Church; the radical thing is being baptized and giving one’s life to Jesus Christ, knowing that this means following him in the Way of the Cross.  When young men grow up in a vibrant Christian community in which the truth of the Catholic faith is a thing for rejoicing and the beauty of the Mass is lived day in and day out as the source and summit of the Christian life, then those who are being called will have no difficulty hearing the summons of the Savior to serve his flock as priests, as shepherds, as pastors.


Father Kevin’s Reflection–April 10, 2016– Third Sunday of Easter

CrossWhen Catholics ask “Why isn’t the Church doing something about fill in the blank?”, what they’re really asking is “Why aren’t the clergy doing something about that?” And that tendency to identify the work of the clergy as the work of the Church comes from a tragic misunderstanding of the dignity and demands of our Baptism. When anyone who is baptized is engaged in making just laws, teaching those in need of instruction, consoling the sorrowful, feeding the hungry, counseling the doubtful, visiting the sick or imprisoned, or serving someone in any kind of need, then the Church IS doing something about those problems, because everyone who is baptized is a member of the Church and bears responsibility for fulfilling the Great Commission.


Even more, all of the baptized have the high privilege and grave obligation to sanctify the world by their witness to Jesus Christ, and this can be done in every field of human endeavor. The Christian businessman who makes or sells something others need and does so honestly while treating his employees and customers with respect and fairness is bearing witness to the grace of his Baptism. The Christian politician who seeks to serve the common good and assist in the just governance of society according to the law of God is bearing witness to the grace of her Baptism. Christian doctors, lawyers, teachers, musicians, professors, accountants, journalists, architects, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, engineers, mechanics, soldiers, nurses, social workers, secretaries, pharmacists, artists, and shop keepers who work to the uttermost limits of their gifts and do so with integrity and virtue are bearing witness to the grace of their Baptism.


But if all of the above is true, then the converse is also true: Christians who sin gravely and behave badly and fail to live according to the Gospel give scandal to the world and make it more difficult for others to believe that Jesus Christ is Lord. We know this instinctively about priests, but it is true no less of everyone who is baptized and called by the Lord Jesus to be his disciple and follow him in the Way of the Cross. That is among the many reasons why all the baptized must strive with all their might to repent of their sins, believe in the Gospel, and cooperate with God’s grace to live in the evangelical freedom of the children of God.


Finally, while living an upright life is an essential part of fidelity to one’s Baptism, it is no substitute for explicit proclamation of the saving truth that Jesus Christ is Lord. All of the baptized are also called to announce the Good News of salvation in Christ and must be prepared at all times to speak to others about their friendship with the Lord Jesus, the truth and beauty of his Gospel, and the joy of living the life of grace in his holy Church. Praised be Jesus Christ! Now and forever!