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Third Sunday of Advent

Dear Parishioners,

    Advent is a season of conversion.  We want to grow in holiness and commitment to Christ.  The first step in making changes in our life is to admit that we need to change. If we don’t see anything sinful about ourselves than it is impossible to become better people.  We are already perfect.

    An adage that I often think of when I consider conversion is, “Name…

Homily Notes 2nd Sunday of Advent/ “Change is a Dirty Word”

2nd Sunday of Advent/ “Change is a Dirty Word”

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”  These are words of Winston Churchill. The words could sum up the message of today’s liturgy.  We grabble with the whole idea that none of us likes to admit that we need to change.

            Old Testament Prophets were important figures in the history of Israel. …

Second Sunday of Advent

Dear Parishioners,

    Every Advent we read predictions of the Messiah’s coming in the Scriptures.  Most of these predictions are contained in the Old Testament.  Today we read from the Prophet Baruch.  The Jewish people looked forward to an all-powerful leader arriving.  They were an oppressed people.  Rome was an occupying power. 

    The Jews reacted to the oppression in two ways. …

Homily Notes First Sunday of Advent 2018

1st Sunday of Advent, “Why are We Hopeful?”         

“Pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and the strength to stand before the Son of Man.”  Whew!  We have some heavy words to ponder this week.  The scriptures speak of times of tribulation.  Tribulation happens in every generation.  Perhaps the difference is how each generation meets the…

First Sunday of Advent

Dear Parishioners,

     We often refer to Advent as a penitential season.  It is hard to think of it as such when we are moving from one holiday gathering to the next eating and drinking.  We also are moving from one store to the next or ordering Christmas gifts so that all our friends and relatives will receive some special item from us.

     The penance we engage in during Advent…

Homily Notes 33rd Week of Ordinary Time 2018

33rd Week of Ordinary Time/  “Triumph of Goodness”         

Was Jesus a pessimist?  We could surely ask that when we read the Gospel today.  He speaks in Apocalyptic terms. His words are kind of scary.  Jesus, of course, is not a pessimist.  He is an optimist.  Maybe we misunderstand him because we misunderstand what apocalyptic teaching is all about. 

            We who…

Feast of Christ the King

Dear Parishioners,

    I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving weekend.   A homily was given by a Priest one Sunday about thankfulness.  He said we have a lot to be thankful for. 

    He said, “We give thanks for the abundance in our lives.”  He looked up from his notes to see a migrant family that had just arrived in the country.  They were living in a homeless shelter in the community…

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    This past weekend, I preached on Stewardship.  Last weekend’s readings were very appropriate for my homily.  We read in the first lesson from the Book of Kings about how a widow who takes the prophet Elijah into her home.  He is looking for a safe place to live.  There was a drought in the land that was caused by the idolatry of King Ahab.  The drought led to famine. 


Homily Notes 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time "Leap of Faith"

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time: “Leap of Faith”

Steve Martin has made a lot of movies.  One of his lesser known movies is called “A Leap of Faith.”

In the movie, Martin is a traveling evangelist who does faith healing.  He has a tent revival.  He and his assistant convince people that he can look into their hearts and read their needs. He plants some individual’s in the…

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    The Today Tomorrow Together capital campaign continues to progress.  Last week and this week volunteers are being trained so that they can go out to solicit donations.  Monies are starting to come in and we are off to a good start.  I thank all those who are putting in so much time and effort. The official kick off will be in January, but the groundwork is being laid…