Prince of Peace Catholic Community
16000 W 143rd St, Olathe, KS 66062
Church: 913-782-8864
School: 913-764-0650

Marvels of Mass

Reflection for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)  These are the words of today’s Gospel message for us to ponder throughout this week.  Our opening song drives this point home: “Take up your cross, the Savior said, if you would my disciple be; deny yourself, the world forsake, and humbly follow after me” (Take Up Your Cross).  It is likewise echoed in our song at the presentation of the gifts (Only This I Want): “Only this I want: but to know the Lord, and to bear his cross, so to wear the crown he wore.”  During Communion, our second song ta

Reflection for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

What is the Anointing of the Sick?  On the First Saturday of the month at the daily morning mass, this sacrament is celebrated, but what is it really?  The following is taken from various parts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

The Church believes and confesses that among the seven sacraments there is one especially intended to strengthen those who are being tried by illness, the Anointing of the Sick.  Through the anointing with the blessed oil of the sick, the Church supports those who struggle against illness or injury and continues this healing work of Christ.

Reflection on the 21st Sunday in Oridinary Time

We begin our readings this weekend with a reading from the Book of Joshua.  We hear the wonderful verse:  ‘As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’ (Joshua 24: 15). This verse was also sung about in our opening song, “God, We Praise You”. The text for this hymn is Te Deum laudamus in Latin; in English “Thee, O God, we praise”.  It is a hymn of praise – “God, we praise you! God, we bless you! God, we name you sovereign Lord.”  Yes, ‘as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’  That’s what we proclaimed at the very beginning of our mass.

Reflection for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

As we continue the Bread of Life discourses for the Gospel this weekend, I thought I’d put in a little bit of the teachings on the Eucharist from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  So many of us never receive any type of education surrounding our Catholic faith after high school, or perhaps even Confirmation.  The Catechism is such a good resource for all to learn about what we believe or to re-invigorate our faith.


The signs of bread and wine

Reflection on the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seeing that we are into the Bread of Life Discourses in the Gospel of John, I decided to write a little about the invitation to Communion that we hear at each Mass:

The invitation to Communion is the prayer that is said immediately following the Lamb of God, and precedes the reception of Communion at Mass.

The priest begins this prayer, saying:

“Behold the Lamb of God,
behold him who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.”

Reflection for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This weekend begins what is often referred to as the ‘Bread of Life discourses’ in the Gospel of John.  Yes, we’ve switched from the Gospel of Mark to John for a few weeks (remember that the Gospel of Mark is rather short in comparison to the other three, so we get a few weeks from other gospels in this cycle of Year B.)  If you’re interested, the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops has put out a resource on their website for reflection on the next 5 weeks on the ‘Bread of Life discourses’ with sample homilies that would be a good reflection each week:

Please enjoy this 2 minute message from
Fr. Jerry Volz, Pastor at
Prince of Peace Catholic Church
in Olathe, Kansas



Please click here to view a letter from Fr. Jerry regarding recent events in the Catholic Church.


Also, please see the following statement issued by Archbishop Naumann



Calendar of Events

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 5:45pm
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 6:30pm
Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 8:15am

Sunday Readings & Homily

September 16, 2018: "Dead or Alive" (Fr. Jerry)
September 9, 2018: "God Doesn't Have Any Favorites Except You and Me and Everyone Else" (Fr. Jerry)