The 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you” are harsh words to hear from the lips of the Lord Jesus, especially for those who feel their lives are “rightly” ordered. The preceding parable of the vineyard owner and his

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The 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, The “Confession of Faith” at Caesarea Philippi (Mt 16:13-20) by Simon Peter evokes a response by Jesus who now calls him “rock.” Of course, we all know that in this Gospel, rocks walk on water and they also sink. Without Peter’s connection to and dependence upon the Lord

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, For the next several weeks we will read from sections of the Gospel of Matthew which deal with the life of the Church. Today’s section, 15:21-28, is a story of a Canaanite woman “claiming her dignity” as a child of God. In not so many words she respectfully

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The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Dear Parishioners, On the Sundays of the Easter Season, in place of an Old Testament Scripture, the First Reading is taken from the Acts of the Apostles. There is a certain wisdom in sharing the story of the Church in its’ infancy as it quickly matures and becomes the apostolic

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The Second Sunday of Easter

Dear Parishioners, Each year, Easter’s Second Sunday finds us in the “upper room” on the evening of the “first day of the week” of the great Resurrection Day (John 20:19-31).  A different sort of “fear” captured the attention of the apostles. On the previous Thursday evening, with feet washed clean

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Third Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners, This past week a sniglet from the evening news reported that bottled water had overtaken soda in sales as the most popular beverage in terms of purchase. No doubt this does not account for those who simply drink water from the tap! Water is not only popular, but

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Second Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners, The Book of Genesis (12:1-4) offers another significant text proclaimed on the Second Sunday of the Lenten Season. While it might be easy to simply classify this passage as the call of Abram (who would become Abraham upon its fulfillment) because of the directive which the Lord gives

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The First Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners, The Season of Lent begins with a significant passage taken from the Book of Genesis (2:7-9, 3:1-7), “the Fall.”  The entrance of sin into creation, which is the cause of the fall, is truly real.  Its’ origin is called “original sin” and its continued manifestation is called “actual

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The 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, The winter portion of Ordinary Time comes to a conclusion this week as Ash Wednesday begins our annual observance of Lent. Today’s Gospel (Matthew 6:24-34) calls the disciple of the Lord Jesus to undivided loyalty and absolute trust. Christ Jesus encourages a freedom that allows us to live

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