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Homily: Sixteenth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Tuesday of Ordinary Time (Exodus 14:21-15:1) “How Did They Do That?”

When I read the first lesson for today’s Mass, I remember the movie the Ten Commandments that was directed by Cecil B. DeMille in 1956. One of the most complicated movie scenes ever shot was the parting of the Red Sea. There were really four layers to the scene that were blended to create the illusion that the…

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    We are at the midway point of  summer, so we need to think about the fall.  One of the programs that begin in the fall is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  Do you know someone who does not have a church who would like to be a Catholic?  Is there someone you know who is an adult Catholic who has not been confirmed? If you know of someone who falls into these…

Homily: Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

            Most of us consider summer a wonderful time of the year. Many of us plan our summers around vacation. A vacation means travel. Or it might involve sitting in a cabin in the woods somewhere. Many would say that vacation is an essential part of life.

            Much has been made of the fact that Pope Francis doesn’t seem to take much…

Homily: Fifteenth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Wednesday of Ordinary Time (Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12) “Get Fired Up”

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes – The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.”   Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I heard this poem quoted years ago by a priest in a homily. He was speaking to a group of priests trying to exhort them to…

Homily: Fifteenth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Tuesday of Ordinary Time (Ex. 2:1-15) “God Called a Murderer”

Moses is said to be the first prophet of ancient Israel. This also makes him the first to be considered a minister to the people of God. As his story unfolds, we come to see that he has the same struggles ministers have had throughout the centuries.

One problem that a minister must face is a sense of unworthiness.…

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    I would like to announce that we have added a new receptionist to our staff.  We have hired Melissa Hoffman.  She will be starting in our office this week.  Melissa and her family are members of our parish.  She will be working about 20 hours a week and will be answering the door and phone calls.  She will also be helping with pastoral care and the welcome committee.…

Homily: Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Ephesians 1: 3-14)

          No one gets anything for nothing. We have all heard that at some point in our life. Usually, we hear it from an authority figure who wants to motivate us to be the best we can be. We can get a sense that this is the way it is with our salvation. In other words, our moral lives determine whether we will be with…

Homily: Feast of Augustine Zhao Rong

Feast of Augustine Zhao Rong

China has over a billion people and has been one of the places that Christian missionaries have gone to for hundreds of years. Missionaries from throughout the world have had limited success. Many have paid for their ministry with their lives.

There are twelve million Chinese Catholics in China today. Perhaps the numbers of converts are not the measure…

Homily: Fourteenth Thursday of Ordinary Time

Homily: Fourteenth Thursday of Ordinary Time (Mt. 10:7-15) “Tempus Fugit”

We have only a finite amount of time to spend in this world and we must make the most of it. Jesus expresses this sentiment to his disciples as he sends them out to spread the Gospel. His mission was to be a top priority in lives of his followers.

Someone once said that we can play the game of life like a football…

Homily: Fourteenth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

Homily: Fourteenth Wednesday of Ordinary Time (Genesis 41 +42) “From Arrogance to Humility”

Not many Biblical figures have a musical written about their life. Many of us have probably seen the musical Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. When we see this stage production, it paints a sympathetic portrait of Joseph. But he was man who had a conversion in his life.

Joseph…