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Homily Feast of St. Matthias (2021)

Homily Feast of St. Matthias (2021)

Matthias seems like an unlikely Apostle. He replaced Judas as the twelfth Apostle. Why did there need to be a twelfth Apostle? The answer was that Jesus picked out twelve. The deeper answer is that Jesus wanted his movement to represent a resuscitation of Israel. Jesus wanted his followers to be the new chosen people or perhaps to represent the restoration…

Homily Our Lady of Fatima (2021)

Homily Our Lady of Fatima (2021)

In church history there has been many apparitions that have taken place. People have seen saints, Jesus, angels and other otherworldly visions.  Most often, though, people have had experience of seeing the Blessed Virgin Mary.

We can think of St. Bernadette who encountered the Blessed Virgin at Lourdes.  We also could remember Juan Diego who had a…

Homily Sixth Wednesday of Easter (Acts: 16:22-34)

Homily Sixth Wednesday of Easter (Acts: 16:22-34) 

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Homily Sixth Tuesday of Easter (Jn 16:5-11) “Just Do It”

Homily Sixth Tuesday of Easter (Jn 16:5-11) “Just Do It”

We are coming to the end of the Easter Season. When we come to this point in the liturgical year, we begin to have allusions to the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is not something we speak a lot about in the Catholic Church.  We tend to have a sense that the Holy Spirit works through the church, but the Holy Spirit also works in every…

Homily Feast of Saint Damian (2021)

Homily Feast of Saint Damien (2021)

Pope Francis has said on more than one occasion, “The Shepherd should smell like the sheep.”  In other words, a pastor is not to live apart from the people he ministers too. A minister should not consider themselves better than the people that they serve. Too often, clericalism seeps into the church where the priest or minister is considered privileged,…

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Dear Parishioners,

    Things continue to change on the COVID-19 front.  The Center for Disease Control came out with new guidance this week.  As I understand it, we can be much more confident in being with others outside without a mask.  We definitely do not have to wear a mask if we are by ourselves outside.

    Gathering in groups inside is another matter.  We still should wear…

Homily Sixth Sunday of Easter (John 15:9-17)

Homily Sunday of Easter (John 15:9-17) 

          A lot of events happen in the Spring.  One of sacraments that is celebrated in the spring is Holy Orders.  The first order is that of deacon.

            A deacon is empowered to baptize and to marry and to preach.  Preaching is challenging task because it requires a lot of preparation.  But it is also humbling to realize that one…

Fifth Friday of Easter (Acts: 15:12-17) “Being Zealous is not Always Good.”

Fifth Friday of Easter (Acts: 15:12-17) “Being Zealous is not Always Good.”

Compromise is kind of a dirty word in the world in which we live.  We hear about the political parties in our country that are constantly at odds with each other.   When a new governor or president is elected, they usually speak of working across the aisle, but after the election the bickering usually begins.  People…

Homily Fifth Thursday of Easter (Acts 15:7-21) “Follow the Spirit=Risks”

Homily Fifth Thursday of Easter (Acts 15:7-21) “Follow the Spirit=Risks”

There have been 21 ecumenical councils in the history of the church.  The most recent was Vatican Council II which was held from 1962-65.  How often is a council held?  It might seem strange, but there is no set time frame.  An ecumenical council is called whenever there is a crisis in the church.

We read of…

Homily Fifth Wednesday of Easter (Acts 15:1-8) “Am I Qualified to Follow Jesus?”

Homily Fifth Wednesday of Easter (Acts 15:1-8) “Am I Qualified to Follow Jesus?”

Whenever a new religion begins there is a membership drive. We read about the membership drive for Christianity in the Acts of the Apostles.  What we notice is that at first there was a welcoming attitude.  Everyone could come and follow Jesus.

In the section that we read from the Acts today, Paul has…