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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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners, The Eucharist provides for us both mission and definition. Those who heard Jesus’ words, before their own true conversion, questioned “how” Jesus could offer his flesh to nourish us. For us, it is clear the sacrifice of the Lord’s Supper and of the Cross are one. Our post-Resurrection

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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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