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Second Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners,

    One of the things that many of us like to do is watch movies.  We usually go to the movie theater to  see a movie.  We then walk out afterwards, and we might not think about what we have seen again.  If the movie is simply a way of escaping the hum drum of every day life maybe that is all right.  But if we see a movie that has a deep message and we fail to unpack what…

First Sunday of Lent 2019

1st Sunday of Lent, “Follow the Lead of Jesus.”         

How does one become a leader?  How does someone convince others to follow them?

            In recent days we have seen many candidates decide that they want to run for president.  All these individuals feel that they have the right stuff, but most of them are unknown.  The question for them becomes how to make an…

First Sunday of Lent

Dear Parishioners,

    Lent is full of symbolism.  One of the things we meditate on is the whole idea of 40 days.  We remember especially the Israelites who wandered for 40 years in the desert. All of this is outlined for us in the Book of Exodus and Book of Deuteronomy in the Bible. We could say that the Israelites were in a holding pattern.  God felt like they were not ready to enter the…

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    Ash Wednesday is this week.  I don’t know about you, but I need some spiritual renewal. It has been a long difficult winter.  The weather has taken a toll on all of us especially the weak and the vulnerable.  The last few weeks have been full of sickness, accidents and death.  This wears on everyone. 

    Lent reminds us of what it means to live in a healthy…

7th Sunday of Ordinary Time, “We are Children of God and Agents of Reconciliation.” (2019)

7th Sunday of Ordinary Time, “We are Children of God and Agents of Reconciliation.”

Christians call Jesus the “Son of God.”  We, his disciples, are called “The Children of God.”  A child has the qualities of a parent.

            When we look at our own parents, we see how we are like them.  We may see the physical resemblance.  If they are tall, we most likely are going…

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    Last week it was announced that Cardinal McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Washington, was stripped of all titles and privileges by the Holy See after a canonical trial.  This punishment came about because he sexually abused a minor and he committed other crimes of sexual nature.  More importantly he abused the power that he possessed as a bishop.

    This…

Homily Notes 6th Sunday of Ordinary Times 2019

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time/ “Blessings, and also, Woes”   

The Gospel that we read today is disconcerting.  We read the Beatitudes, but not the Beatitudes that we expect.  Several times during the year we read the Gospel of Matthew’s version of the Beatitudes.  We read Matthew’s Beatitudes at weddings.  We read them at funerals.  Every All Saints day we read them.  We kind of…

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    We read Luke’s version of the Beatitudes in today’s Gospel (Lk. 6:17-26).  When we hear this reading we might say to ourselves that these are not the beatitudes that we know.  That is because we most often read the Beatitudes as written in Matthew’s Gospel.  When we read that version, every beatitude is a blessing.  In Luke’s version, half the statements are blessings…

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    The stained-glass windows in our church are a precious treasure here at Sacred Heart. The restoration work that will be done, is explained in the case study for the Today Tomorrow Together campaign.  If we do not do the re-leading of the windows they will be compromised.

    We have been very successful in our sponsorships drive so far.  The remaining windows…

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

    This past week we celebrated Catholic Schools week.  We have a long history of Catholic Schools here at Sacred Heart Parish. Throughout the history of our parish immigrant children have been educated at our parochial school and they have gone on to successful careers.  At first it was Belgium immigrants and now we have Africans and Latinos and people from Asia and…