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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The Fourth Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners, Often there are things that are right under our noses that we don’t notice. In the Parable of the “prodigal Son” (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32) we hear the story of one who is so “blinded” by bright lights and questionable amusements that he fails to see the value of

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The Third Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners, We welcome Paulist Father John Hurley to our parish this week as he leads us in a Lenten Parish Mission. As he reflects upon the impact and challenges of this Great Jubilee Year of Mercy, we pray that these days for us may be nourishing and I hope

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The Second Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners, Peter, James and John accompany the Lord Jesus where he is transfigured before them (Luke 9:28-36). Once again, we see an instance where the “fishers of men” are taught how to “fish.” The apostles did not tell anyone (at that time) what they had seen, for the truly

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The First Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners, On this First Sunday of Lent, a season of works of charity and self-sacrifice, we join with all the parishes in the Diocese of Orlando to begin Our Catholic Appeal. Initially, I was a bit taken back by the prospect of the joining these two distinct realities into

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The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, On this final Sunday before the Season of Lent begins, we hear of the call of Peter, James and John (Luke 5:1-11) into a new ministry of “fishing.” Peter’s admission that he is a “sinful man” should encourage us in our own journey of spiritual self-discovery. In a

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