Brush Creek Church

Art as Reverence

By Monsignor Makarewicz | June 18, 2021

In my homily for last Sunday, I used the Impressionist painters as the springboard to discuss the image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These French painters responded to the rise of photography by demonstrating that the impression or individual perception of the artist, especially in regard to color and composition, still would hold great…

Loaves and Fishes Mosaic

Platters and Baskets

By Monsignor Makarewicz | August 4, 2020

Eighteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year A, Matthew 14:13-21 What do you call the round, flat ceramic object where you put the food that sits right in front of you when you eat?  Now, what do you call a larger, flat ceramic or even wooded object that the cook puts all the meat on, or…

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Encountering God requires Humility

By Monsignor Makarewicz | June 11, 2020

What are the things in your life that make you humble? What are the circumstances and situations which never fail to make you feel small, like you want to run away and hide? Where do you learn humility? If you are like me, it would be difficult to pick among the many things that remind…


10 de Mayo, 2:00 PM, Santa Misa, IV Domingo de Pascua

By Monsignor Makarewicz | May 10, 2020

La Santa Misa se transmitió desde la Iglesia Católica Nuestra Señora del Lago, Lake Ozark, Missouri. Se ha permitido una participación pública limitada en la misa para nuestras parroquias. Lea este anuncio y comprenda las pautas que se aplican para celebrar la misa. Aquí hay una guía útil que puede descargar para ayudarlo desde la…

Caravaggio - The Incredulity of Saint Thomas

Divine Mercy Sunday, Year A, John 20:19-31

By Monsignor Makarewicz | April 25, 2020

Read the beginning of the Gospel another time like this:  On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the pandemic, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them “Peace be with you.” How easy it is to put…

Homily for Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

By Monsignor Makarewicz | April 5, 2020

St. John the Evangelists begins his Gospel with these words:  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. And the Word was God.”  There are no sacraments without the Word. There is no faith without the Word. There is no Church without the Word.  The Word was God, And the Word…

St. Pope John Paul after Midnight Mass, Christmas 1982

St. Pope John Paul II’s Anniversary of Death

By Monsignor Makarewicz | April 2, 2020

Today is the fifteen anniversary of the passing of St. Pope John Paul II. It is fitting that all of us offer a prayer of gratitude to God for raising up a saint such as him, a true reflection of the light of Christ in a very dark world. It is easy for most of…

Cemetery of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Koeltztown, MO

Homily for Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 29, 2020

By Monsignor Makarewicz | March 31, 2020

The 20th Century brought forth into the world incomprehensible tragedy human history and tested the limits of reason and science.  One of the more popular slogans that appeared in the later part of the 20th century responded to the question of suffering like this:  “Life is a mystery to be lived. It is not a…

Homilia de la Solemnidad de la Anunciación del Señor

By Monsignor Makarewicz | March 25, 2020

(English below) Se sabía que San Juan de Vianne había pasado muchas horas en el confesionario escuchando a la gente decirle sus pecados y ofreciendo penitencia y absolución. Un día, un hombre muy viejo entró al confesionario y comenzó de esta manera: “Oh Padre Juan, por favor bendíceme porque soy un pecador. Soy un hombre…

Lighthouse in Oregon

Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year A, John 9:1-42

By Monsignor Makarewicz | March 22, 2020

                This is the Sunday of Enlightenment as we proclaim Jesus, the Light to the World that shines in the darkness of sin and ignorance. The readings are about seeing:  Samuel learning how to see and recognize the boy who would become King David. Paul exhorting the Ephesians to wake from their sleep of death…