The Nativity of St John The Baptist

Elisabeth and Zechariah did not choose the name of their Son. John (the Baptist) received his name directly from God.  In Hebrew, the name meant “Graced by Yahweh” or “Yahweh is Gracious”.  No one in their family had been named John.  It certainly came as a shock to their friends and family.  Zechariah and Elisabeth had had time to process the message of the angel. Their whole way of seeing this child would be entirely and irrevocably changed. They surly understood that God had been gracious with them and that their child had a mission, a special call. The Lord
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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Dear brothers and sisters The growth of the mustard seed is phenomenal. Beginning from a tiny seed, it can grow up to twenty feet high and twenty feet wide.  Faith has the potential to grow in an incredible way, as    witnessed in the lives of the saints. By the end of their lives they all had hearts like Christ’s Heart, hearts so large that they can love all the people of the world.  It must always begin, though, with a simple and complete trust in God. We must be willing to leave our homeland as our father Abraham did. What
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Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear brothers and sisters Today I want to write about  the subject of “Home” and “Family” and what unites the family. Christ says: “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my  brother and sister and mother.” (Mk 3:34-35) What brings about the unity of the family?  Sure, we are all united by the fact that we all come from the same biological parents. But is that a true unity? As a priest, I have
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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Dear parishioners Blood is a central theme in all three readings today. We may have trouble understanding why it is so important, yet at every Mass we say “This is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.” So, it is perhaps good to take a closer look at this. All of today’s readings are set in the context of the Jewish Passover.  The first reading recalls the old covenant celebrated at Sinai following the first Passover and the Exodus.
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The Most Holy Trinity (Year B)

On this Trinity Sunday, I was thinking that I would meditate especially on the second reading. “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not  receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption, through whom we cry, “Abba, Father!”” (Rom 8:14-15). If you are attentive I believe you can hear your heart cry out to the Father. It feels like a longing that goes beyond words. It often is a desire to love and be loved, to know the truth, to see
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Pentecost Sunday

Dear parishioners Today I thought I would start to elaborate a bit more on a vision for our beloved parish.  I figure that from time to time I can use these bulletins to develop this vision, and since it is Pentecost it is an excellent occasion. Stage 1 = Faith My life was changed when I received the Holy Spirit.  My mother tells me it was already in the womb, but we can be sure it was at baptism.  Nevertheless, I remember the first time that I felt like I received the presence of God in me.  It was when
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The Ascension of Our Lord (Year B)

Dear Parishioners There is much more to the Ascension than I initially thought, it is good to take a moment to reflect upon it. Jesus said during the Last Supper: “None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’  Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” (Jn 16:5-7) According to this Scripture passage, it is better that Jesus not
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Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year B)

The Upper Room – Pope Francis  – Monday, 26 May 2014   In the Upper Room, the risen Jesus, sent by the Father, bestowed upon the apostles his own Spirit and with his power he sent them forth to renew the face of the earth (cf. Ps 104:30). To go forth, to set out, does not mean to forget. The Church, in her going forth, preserves the memory of what took place here; the Spirit, the Paraclete, reminds her of every word and every action, and reveals their true meaning. The Upper Room speaks to us of service, of Jesus giving the disciples an example by washing their
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Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year B)

The metaphor of the vine and the branches that is used in today’s Gospel passage is quite strong. There are many elements to it, but for today let us break it down to three points: Life – In order to have the inner peace that we are looking for; in order to have that joy that wells up from the depth of our being and fills us from our head to our toes, we must learn to abide in God.  The branches must abide in the vine, the two have one life, i.e. the Life of the Holy Spirit that
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Fourth Sunday in Easter (Year B)

Dear Parishioners, This Sunday I wanted share you some excerpts from Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate, On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World. “REJOICE AND BE GLAD” (Mt 5:12), Jesus tells those persecuted or humiliated for his sake. The Lord asks everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created. He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence. The call to holiness is present in various ways from the very first pages of the Bible. We see it expressed in
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