Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear parishioners, In today’s gospel, we hear repeatedly the words “Happy are you…” Jesus tells his disciples how happy they are who are poor, who are hungry, who weep, and who are persecuted.  Our Lord seems to present to us a very special kind of happiness. Let’s admit it, all of us seek happiness. We do everything possible to have some kind of happiness: we make sure that we live well and provide what is necessary for our families; we make sure that we  have food on our tables; we love to be in an environment where there’s peace and
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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners The Gospel this Sunday has Peter and the others fishing.  They fish all night and they don’t catch a thing.  Jesus tells them to set out into the deep and cast their nets again.  They are professional fishermen, they know that there are no fish out there, but nevertheless they trust and hope.  They cast their net again and they catch too many fish for one boat to handle.  The Gospel ends with Jesus saying that He will make of them fishers of men.  There are a few points I want you to take from this Gospel.  First,
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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear parishioners In the second reading of today’s Mass the hymn to Charity insists on telling us that “without love” our best actions are really of no great value. This passage of the second letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians is a favorite of Christians of all time, all around the world. Unfortunately, it is not easy for any of us to practice it consistently. To say that the good folks of Nazareth acted “without love” in today’s Gospel would be a gross understatement. Sure, Our Lord said a few things that irked them. He stated facts, though.  He
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Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year C)

Dear parishioners, “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” Christmas is upon us.  The celebration in which we remember the coming of the messiah into the world.  The messiah, or the anointed one was the long-awaited hope of Israel.  Yet, this Messiah, this infant that came into the world was greater than anyone could have imagined; he is Emmanuel, which means ‘God with us’.  God came into this world as a child, this fact, this revelation of God was un-imaginable for the Jews, and so it should be for our minds as well.  How can eternity be
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Third Sunday of Advent (Year C)

Dear parishioners, After last week’s big celebration of the Parish Marian Consecration on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Church invites us anew to rejoice, as this Sunday is Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is a Latin word which means “Rejoice!”  In today’s readings, we hear the prophet Zephaniah exhorting God’s people to “shout for joy, daughter of Zion, Israel, shout aloud! Rejoice, exult with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem!” (cf. Zephaniah 3:14). In the Second Reading, saint Paul tells us that he wants us to be happy and not only for a moment but “always happy
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Second Sunday in Advent (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, I recently came across an excellent reflection on this Sunday’s gospel that I would like to share with you.  It speaks of the Advent Season, John the Baptist, and how we can prepare ourselves for Christ’s coming.  Let this be a reminder for us of what the true season of Christmas entails and how we can share this spirit to our loved ones… “Pre-evangelism” is a modern ministry term that refers to the biblical process of preparing people to receive the Good News of Jesus and the salvation available through him. In one sense it is very much
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First Sunday of Advent (Year C)

Dear parishioners “When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.” These words of Christ are valid no matter what year it is. They apply to all situations which seem desperate, all of the road blocks in our lives, all of the scenarios which seem chaotic and out of control. At first we’ll probably react with fear. There’ll be a temptation to believe in tragedy. But the Lord has taken tragedy off the table for us. Tragedy is the trap of fate: that fictitious belief in an outcome that has already been
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Feast of Christ the King (Year B)

Dear parishioners Christ is our King! He is alive and He is still ruling over us.  Do we accept Him as our King?  His reign enters into our lives through conforming our will to His Will.  Conforming our lives to the life of Christ. There is a beautiful image in the Book of Revelations, before the throne of God, there are 24 elders (12 from the 12 tribes of Israel, and 12 from the 12 Apostles). These 24 elders lay their crowns down before the throne of God and say “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory
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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,  Today’s gospel is a bit scary. Jesus tells us, “In those days after the tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken…” When we hear of these sorts of things, what immediately comes to mind is the end of the world. The end of the world, as we would imagine it, would be the destruction of the physical world, the world in which we live. Also, Jesus tells us that “this generation will not
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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Dear Parishioners, The widow in the gospel gives “all she had to live on”.  In other words (and closer to the original Greek) she gave “all her living”.  This sacrifice deeply affects Jesus and he makes sure that his disciples understand the lesson.   What is the lesson?  Give your all to God, everything counts. Jesus looks at the intention in which we give.  It is the quality of the offering that counts and not the quantity. The more that our actions are done in a spirit of sacrifice and love, the more they count in God’s eyes.   In
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