22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, Even though school returned several weeks ago, and Religious Education classes begin on Wednesday, Labor Day weekend practically marks the ending of the days of summer. I was walking through Hobby Lobby, and it was a collision of Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas wares that were neatly concentrated

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, On this final Sunday of our reflections upon the Eucharist, the Gospel presents the most challenging effect of Jesus’ words. Some believed, some were indifferent, and “many returned to their former ways of life and no longer accompanied him.” People leave both Jesus and his Church for a

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Most Holy Trinity

Dear Parishioners, The Book of Exodus chronicles many of the intimate conversations which took place between God and Moses. The “first conversation” which resulted in a call required him to remove his sandals for he was on holy ground and in the presence of the Most Holy. Moses was told

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Pentecost

Dear Parishioners, In early March Pope Francis gave a special gift as he added a feast day to the Universal Calendar of the Church. He stated that the Monday after the Solemnity of Pentecost would be celebrated as the Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church. This is not really

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

Dear Parishioners, On this final day of Advent, the Scriptures turn our hearts toward what has happened in history and what will happen in the Day of the Lord! The oracle of the Prophet Isaiah (7:10-14) reminds us that the sign of his coming will be the birth of a

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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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