Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Dear Parishioners, Every priest I know breathes a sigh of relief as we celebrate this first Sunday after the Solemnity of Pentecost. Some have even joked that this is the Sunday on which “ecclesiastical summer” begins! There is, indeed, something refreshing to the mind and spirit that still looks forward

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Pentecost Sunday

Dear Parishioners, Happy Easter, everyone! In the Gospel of Saint John (20:19-23) the events of Easter Sunday and Pentecost are combined into one story where the disciples both experience the presence of the Risen Lord and, at once, are “breathed upon” to receive the empowering Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Dear Parishioners, Happy Easter, everyone! This weekend we bring many of our children from this parish to the Lord’s table as they receive Holy Communion for the first time! This is a wonderful day for our parish community and for the members of the individual families in which these children

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The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Dear Parishioners, Happy Easter, everyone! Today, at this midpoint of the Easter Season, we observe what has been fondly called “Good Shepherd Sunday.” For all but one Sunday of this Easter Season, passages from the Gospel of Saint John have accompanied us on this journey. (The Solemnity of the Ascension

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The Third Sunday of Easter

Dear Parishioners, Happy Easter, everyone! The third resurrection appearance of the Lord Jesus found in the Gospel of Saint John is proclaimed this day (21:1-19). In a story which has two parts, the Lord Jesus redefines the “fisherman’s way of life” at the beginning of a “new day” and then

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The Second Sunday of Easter

Dear Parishioners, Happy Easter, everyone! Once again, the Gospel Story of the first (and second) Resurrection appearances of the Lord Jesus takes a central place in our Liturgy (John 20:19-31). His greeting of “peace” to the 10 Apostles (and the others who were with them) quells the storm of His

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The Resurrection of the Lord

Dear Parishioners, Happy Easter, everyone! Easter has a special added significance as we celebrate during this Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy. Saint Paul (1 Cor 5:6) reminds us that it only takes a “little bit of yeast” to make the whole loaf rise. In our own lives, a “little bit

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Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Dear Parishioners, Palm branches and voices singing God’s praises, a Supper in bread and wine are transformed, silver pieces and a betraying kiss, crowing roosters and abandonments, condemnations and jeering crowds, a passer-by named Simon, and 2 criminals on crosses beside him find their place in the Passion proclaimed this

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The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners, As Lent comes to its penultimate moment, we see a confrontation of the Lord Jesus with death itself. Jesus saves the adulterous woman from the death penalty (John 8:1-11) and the vengeful death-dealers by challenging them as to who should “cast the first stone.” He bids her to

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