Download On the Website Only

by admin on March 9, 2017

Thank you to all who have listened to this podcast or read my posts. It has been greatly appreciated. Even after over three years of completing this project, I still continue to get negative feedback from family members about it. I have decided to take the podcast down from iTunes and Stitcher. You can still download the episodes from the website. Thank you for understanding.


Eulogy for Pat

by admin on January 13, 2012

Today we say good-bye and celebrate the life of an amazing individual that I have been priviledged to have in my life for 18 years. All of those gathered here – former music directors, choir members, lectors, parishioners, family and friends – have suffered a great loss in their lives with the passing of Pat Jakus.

When anyone comes to St. Aloysius, I think they can immediately sense that this is a special place. When I came here in 7th Grade in 1993, it didn’t take me long to get involved as an altar server and youth choir member. I loved being part of these ministries and grew so much as a young person.

In 1995, I started high school and began my ministry with the adult choir. That was a sad year for the choir because we learned that Pat had been in a terrible fire in her home. Months later when Pat was able to return to the choir I was so amazed by her. She sacrified her life to save her cats and because of that she also sacrificied her singing voice (going from a soprano to a tenor voice) and had a lot of skin damage. I was so young then, but I remember that I was very inspired by her and her story.

Over the years of our friendship and work together in ministry, I continued to be inspired by her. Despite the physical pain she had the last few years, she was present at every choir rehearsal and mass. Nothing would stop her from doing this important work. She also joined the choir in high school and has been there for every music director and pastor ever since – over 60 years. I went from being a choir member, to director, to member and back to director since then and she has constantly been there. Her death is devasting for all of us and she leaves a huge hole in our parish.

Whenever I needed anything, she was there to help. When I accidently locked myself out of the rectory a few weeks ago, I called her. She was about to sit down for breakfast but said “what do you need?” That was always her immediate response.

She did so much for our parish. She was the lector coordinator – scheduling and training the lectors – parish trustee (treasurer), number one parish festival volunteer (Pokerino) and so much more. The whole parish was affected by her and her dedication to St. Aloysius. It is so appropriate that she died here with her parish family after doing her duty as lector. She was not home alone or driving for Interfaith; she was here.

St. Aloysius will never be ther same and neither will I.


Back From Oz

October 3, 2011

This weekend was amazing. I went on retreat with a group of my Soul Sisters led by my Spiritual Director. Each month she leads us in a Soul Circle experience. It’s a place where we have time to reflect, share and create. It is awesome. This weekend we traveled up to beautiful Door County, WI […]

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Life’s Going Okay and Then You Get Hit By a Car

July 18, 2011

Seeing as today is my knee injury anniversary, I thought it would be appropriate to share another amazing injury story on this day. It all started a week ago last Thursday. I had just gotten my bike seat adjusted and was looking forward to a great ride into work. I headed down a main street […]

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Life Reflected in Music

July 11, 2011

Music speaks to me in many ways. The lyrics are the component that “sells” a song to an audience. A songwriter puts their heart and soul into the lyrics and what flows out can touch people in many different ways. The CD currently playing on repeat in my car is Matthew West‘s The Story of […]

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