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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The 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, I have always admired “fearless” people who have the surety of character and ability to boldly enter into a difficult situation and face it head on. It can be seen in the faces and actions of first responders, peacekeepers and many others who, with a strong sense of

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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Dear Parishioners, Each year, on the second Sunday following the Solemnity of Pentecost, the Church pauses to reflect upon the gift of the Holy Communion. On this Sunday, known more frequently by its Latin name of Corpus Christi, I can’t help but be reminded of some words of the theologian

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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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The Second Sunday of Easter

Dear Parishioners, Each year, Easter’s Second Sunday finds us in the “upper room” on the evening of the “first day of the week” of the great Resurrection Day (John 20:19-31).  A different sort of “fear” captured the attention of the apostles. On the previous Thursday evening, with feet washed clean

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Third Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners, This past week a sniglet from the evening news reported that bottled water had overtaken soda in sales as the most popular beverage in terms of purchase. No doubt this does not account for those who simply drink water from the tap! Water is not only popular, but

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