Sunday Homilies

from Father Kevin Laughery, Troy St. Jerome and St. Jacob St. James Parishes, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Note: Comments from this page do not reach me; instead, email:

The Podcasts

Earlier I had posted an explanation of my absence on the Second and Third Sundays of Advent -- but that recording was blank, because I had not turned the microphone on. I'm back with a homily recorded at the early Mass at Auburn.
Direct download: KML_2005-12-18.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 9:24am CDT

Rather, where was my microphone? The explanation, and a summary of my thoughts for the Second and Third Sundays of Advent, is on the recording.
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 5:39pm CDT

The late Mass in Auburn.
Direct download: KML_2005-11-27.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 12:18pm CDT

This was the early Sunday Mass, held at the St. Benedict Parish Center because the church interior is being painted.
Direct download: KML_2005-11-20.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 9:24am CDT

I am still not used to turning on my recorder AFTER I have proclaimed the Gospel. November 13 I was one sentence into the homily (at my last Mass) and I said to myself, "No, I'm not going to stop now."
Direct download: KML_2005-11-13.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 9:18am CDT

I goofed and recorded the Gospel passage. Is this illegal, or am I just PREMATURELY RIGHT?
Direct download: KML_2005-11-06_copy_1.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 11:58am CDT

I note some extraneous noise; I think the mic must have been rubbing against fabric. On "Priesthood Sunday," there are some pertinent readings! Fr. Kevin recalls his interview for the seminary. Recorded in Auburn, Sunday morning.
Direct download: KML_2005-10-30.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 8:53am CDT

"You can't have everything you want." See whether this glum pronouncement leads to anything good. Recorded Sunday in Auburn.
Direct download: KML_2005-10-23.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 8:35am CDT

The copyright cops have spoken! Until further notice (because the USCCB is still looking at the phenomenon of podcasting), I am not to podcast the proclamation of the Scriptures from the New American Bible. So we go straight to the homily. As Americans, we are wired to take the incident of Caesar's coin and project onto it all of our anxieties about the delicate balance of church-state relations. This homily was delivered Sunday morning in Auburn.
Direct download: KML_2005-10-16.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 8:29am CDT

In observance of 2005 as the Year of the Eucharist, Fr. Kevin spoke during the older kids' PSR time about the meaning of the sacrament.
Direct download: KML_Eucharist_2005-10-12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:50pm CDT

Fr. Kevin recalls his recent high-school reunion and considers the inclusiveness of God.
Direct download: KML_2005-10-09_copy_1.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 8:29am CDT

Recorded in Auburn on Sunday morning. I can't make many connections with "Murders at the Vineyard." Our minds are on the likely development of a new parish being formed from Pawnee St. Mary, Divernon Sacred Heart, and Auburn St. Benedict (with Waverly St. Sebastian under the care of the pastor of New Berlin).
Direct download: KML_2005-10-02.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 8:23am CDT

Recorded Sunday morning in Auburn. A reflection on how a relationship with God "works." The example of Jesus' emptying of himself (Philippians 2).
Direct download: KML_2005-09-25.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 8:08am CDT

"The parable that everybody hates." This is the parable of the workers in the vineyard. Consider the deliberate provocation that Jesus is making by telling this story. Recorded Saturday, September 17, in Waverly.
Direct download: KML_2005-09-18_copy_1.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 8:28am CDT

Recorded in Waverly, Saturday, September 10. I am now uploading using a high-speed wireless connection. This cuts the upload time dramatically. I am also using a new microphone. Unfortunately, my voice is not at its best.
Direct download: KML_2005-09-11.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 7:59pm CDT

Direct download: KML_2005-09-11_Intro.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 7:58pm CDT

Recorded in Auburn. A look at leadership through the life and death of Brother Roger Schutz of the Taize ecumenical monastic community in France.
Direct download: KML_2005-08-21.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 9:00am CDT

Recorded in Auburn at 7:50 am Sunday. The selection of readings steers us toward a consideration of "who are foreigners?" and "who are God's people?" This is a common and very important theme in the Scriptures. I seek to expand beyond the idea of "nationality" and think of other ways in which we needlessly divide people up.
Direct download: KML_2005-08-14.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 8:33am CDT

Recorded in Waverly on Saturday. I had some difficulty in turning off my recording device, so the Gospel and homily are in fact much briefer than this recording.
Direct download: KML_2005-08-07.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 8:40am CDT

Recorded in the Waverly basement. This is my introductory summary of the challenges facing us in having priests for parishes.
Direct download: Parish_Arrangements_2005-07-31_copy_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:16am CDT

On developing a taste for God. Recorded in Auburn. Later today: audio of some remarks at parish meetings on inevitable changes in parish arrangements.
Direct download: KML_2005-07-31.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 11:40am CDT

Here's the real thing.
Direct download: KML_2005-07-24.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 12:38pm CDT

Recorded Sunday in Auburn. My RCIA coordinator spoke right after the Gospel. My local ISP keeps disconnecting, so I have uploaded a brief sound file to indicate this. I hope before the day is out to upload by alternate means.
Direct download: KML_2005-07-24x.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 9:01am CDT

Recorded in Waverly, Saturday, July 16, 2005. On prayer as "groaning."
Direct download: KML_2005-07-17.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 8:57am CDT

I was away on July 9-10; therefore, no homily.
Direct download: KML_2005-07-10.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 8:31am CDT

Recorded Saturday, July 2, 2005, in Waverly, Illinois. Faithful Listener, do you find any difference in recording quality between Waverly and Divernon? I began this liturgy by talking about how much I dislike the word "meek." There was once a comic strip about mice called "Eek and Meek," and "meek" sounds to me like a sort of squeak coming from a mouse. It's a wimpy, doormat-like, mousy word, to me. But listen for a new and positive take on "meek."
Direct download: KML_2005-07-03.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 9:25pm CDT

Recorded Saturday evening at Divernon.
Direct download: KML_2005-06-26.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 9:24am CDT

Recorded in Auburn. Goes into tedious detail about these recordings, the Catholic Times newspaper, and Catholic marriage law.
Direct download: KML_2005-06-19.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 12:29pm CDT

This one runs a little long. I was examining a recent tragic local event. Recorded in Waverly.
Direct download: KML_2005-06-12.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 9:59pm CDT

Recorded on Saturday in Waverly.
Direct download: KML_2005-06-05.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 9:36pm CDT

Direct download: KML_2005-05-29.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 6:49pm CDT

Direct download: KML_2005-05-22_Intro.mp3
Category:Sunday homily introductions -- posted at: 2:10pm CDT

Direct download: KML_2005-05-22.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 1:56pm CDT

Once again, I did not preach. Fr. Phil Kraft covered my weekend schedule. I am feeling fine and look forward to posting a homily on May 22.
Direct download: KML_2005-05-15.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 12:59pm CDT

Sorry, I'm away from my parishes; therefore, no homily for this weekend.
Direct download: KML_2005-05-01.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 8:56pm CDT

Sorry, I'm away from my parishes, so no homily for this weekend.
Direct download: KML_2005-05-08.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 8:47pm CDT

Direct download: KML_2005-04-24.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 12:33pm CDT

"Good Shepherd Sunday" and the worldwide flock's anticipation of a new Pope.
Direct download: KML_2005-04-17.mp3
Category:Sunday Homilies -- posted at: 1:31pm CDT