Author Archives: Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). www.Salvatorians.com. He is associate pastor of partnering parishes, Christ King and St. Bernard parishes in Wauwatosa, WI.

“Thanksgiving Day” Prayers for Grade Schoolers

Opening Prayer Dear Father, We pray our school will be filled with a love only You can give, We pray our learning will be full of questioning and still more questions until we discover Your truth, We pray our playground … Continue reading

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God-Given Talents

  Five, Two and One   God entrusts his possessions to us. Please note the pronoun, “his.” The Creator loaned us, the created, talents to be entrusted. Entrusted – to be kept safe but never hidden away, shared with all … Continue reading

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Practice Makes Perfect?

You’re young and show up for practice to teach you the tools you need to efficiently perform in your sport. You regularly practice and never miss a practice (verb and noun from the same word) until you get it right. … Continue reading

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An “All School Mass” Sermon for Grade Schoolers

(A reflection for people from first to eighth grade. After taking to an eighth grader at the end of a class I taught, he dared me to include saying, “rocking chair” in a sermon. I met his challenge.) It’s interesting, … Continue reading

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Life’s “Run of the Mill”

“The foolish ones [virgins] said to the wise [ones], ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise ones replied, ‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to … Continue reading

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“A Royal Priesthood”

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. … Continue reading

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“All Souls Day” Sermon

We pray for them as though their destiny can be changed. We talk about them as the “poor souls in purgatory” when purgatory is the gateway to heaven. (They ain’t “poor,” by any means folks.) Years ago, on this day … Continue reading

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“All Saints Day,” Children’s Mass

Your parent tells you, “Stop pretending!” “Do your homework.” “Take out the garbage.” So you stop pretending and return to the real world. “The real world,” whatever that is. Pretending is to be something you are not. Trick or treating … Continue reading

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“LOA, As I Love Myself?” You’re Kidding

The Jewish faith has six-hundred and thirteen commandments, Christians narrowed it down to ten and Jesus winnows it further with two by saying loving God above all else and loving your neighbor as yourself. The Jews write a lengthy book … Continue reading

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