What is the Throne of Truth?  Well, as I was growing up as a little boy the earliest recollection of someone in a chair of truth who spoke with some guidance and authority was my grandfather Gus Phalen. Anytime we would walk in the house he was normally/usually sitting in his comfortable rocking chair, reading…

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Social Concerns Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Lake Ozark, Missouri Thursday, February 11, 2021 Minutes Attendees: Glenda Hinrichs, Theresa Brown, Msgr. Makarwicz, Dcn. Jim Hankins, Lusica Hankins, Stephanie Koch, Katie Thorman, Kerri Brauman, Dr. Laura Nelson, David Gregg, Jan Metz Opening Prayer and Reflection:  Kerri Brauman gave a beautiful prayer. We need to…

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Ash Wednesday occurs on 17 February 2021this year and marks the beginning of Lent.  For all of us, Lent is 40 days of not only fasting but also a time to reflect on our lives, past/present/future.  This year’s distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday will take place a bit differently from usual because of the…

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Social Concerns Commission Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Lake Ozark, Missouri Thursday, January 15, 2021 Minutes Attendees: Dcn Jim Hankins, Lusica Hankins, Stephanie Koch, Theresa Brown, Jan Metz, Msgr. Makarewicz, Karen Pither, Kerri Brauman, Katie Thorman, Dr. Laura Nelson, Glenda Hinrichs, and Dianne Richardson Opening Prayer and Reflection:  Dianne Richardson gave a beautiful…

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Lusica and I were watching an online conference in early January 2021 called, “Take and Read: A Journey into the Bible”.  One of the presentations was “3 Obstacles to reading the Bible (and how to Overcome them)” by Matt Fradd. We thought this was remarkably interesting since we both recalled from our 12 years of…

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As I was looking forward at the Liturgical Calendar, I noticed that the Presentation of the Lord is on 2 February 2021.  I thought this was out of place since I remember reading a Gospel where Jesus was already presented at the Temple.  I researched the past Sunday’s and found it on 27 December 2020. …

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Throughout my Deacon’s Corner you may notice that many times I refer to the Dominican Sisters who instructed me from first through 12th grade at Our Savior’s Grade School and Routt Catholic High School in Jacksonville, Illinois.  They truly had a great influence on the lives of so many young men and women.  Now, I…

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What is the Epiphany?  The Epiphany celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ in which there are three:  Jesus’ birth with the shepherds worshiping him; the Magi’s visit to do homage to the newborn King; and Jesus’ baptism.  It was the Christ star that led the Shepherds and the Magi to Jesus where…

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Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Lake Ozark, Missouri, Thursday, December 10, 2020 Minutes Attendees: Dcn Jim Hankins, Lusica Hankins, Stephanie Koch, Theresa Brown, Jan Metz, Msgr. Makarewicz, Karen Pither, David Gregg, Kerri Brauman, Dianne Richardson Opening Prayer and Reflection:  Theresa Brown gave a beautiful prayer and reflection. She talked about making a difference…

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After Christmas, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family. It is easy for all of us to get wrapped up in the peace that permeates the Nativity.  That miracle at Christmas, centered on the birth of Jesus, reminds all of us of the beauty and holiness of the Holy Family with Mary and Joseph…

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