19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, It is rather peculiar that, while on one hand, we are intrigued by mystery, and, on the other hand, the desire to explain mystery away and make it seem “ordinary.” As Jesus begins to deepen the understanding of the crowd that he is the “bread come down from

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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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Anniversary of the Dedication

Dear Parishioners, As we bring a very special week to its conclusion, I wish you all a happy anniversary of the dedication of our Church! As we have been renewed by 40 Hours of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, we look forward to how this new Spirit may deepen our

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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 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, Happy Independence Day Weekend! I share with you, once again, the prayer written in 1791 by Bishop John Carroll of Baltimore, our nation’s very first Bishop, and adapted for today’s use: We pray, Thee O Almighty and Eternal God! Who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to

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