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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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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