31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, Deuteronomy’s admonition (6:2-6) to be single-hearted and single-minded in purpose has endured throughout countless generations since Moses first uttered them. This admonition is called the “Shema.” Such was their impact upon the devout that the words were etched upon jewelry worn on the foreheads and over the heart

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, It is a busy week ahead.  As the month of October comes to an end we find ourselves celebrating many great feasts that will bring us to the end of the Church Year.  On Thursday we will observe the Solemnity of All Saints with its’ Wednesday All Hallows

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29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, In the longer form of today’s Gospel, the sons of Zebedee, James, and John are bold enough to ask Jesus for a seat at his right and left when He comes into his glory (Mark 10:35-45).  This conversation is not unlike the conversation the disciples were having among themselves

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, Central to the Scriptures assigned to this weekend is Jesus’ teaching regarding marriage (Mark 10:2-16).  What begins with a pharisaic question of “how to get out of marriage” is answered by affirming the sacred nature of covenant relationship in which human flesh is joined, one to another, of

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, As Jesus reiterates to his disciples the coming Passion and Resurrection (Mark 9:30-37), their lack of understanding leads them to silence. Breaking the silence amongst themselves, apart from the Lord Jesus, the disciples lead engaged in an argument as to who was the “greatest.” When asked “what” they

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, There is a hint of Palm Sunday in our Scripture readings for this Sunday. As we hear a portion of the “3rd Song” of Isaiah’s “suffering servant” (50:4-9), we are reminded of the ultimate physical and spiritual rejection of the Christ. We are also in awe of the

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, To a deaf man, Jesus brings the ability to hear and a cure to the speech impediment that is an effect of his infirmity (Mk 7:31-37). Using the Hebrew words that mean “be opened”, he touches his spit covered finger to the man’s ears and tongue. This is

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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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