Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Dear parishioners Learning how to Rest The place where we will rest the most will be in heaven.  But this kind of rest will be an active rest.  Our whole heart will be given, our whole mind will be captivated by the beauty and  goodness of God. We all need to learn what rest really means.  Sleep is of course a form of rest, yet if you sleep too much you will not feel rested. We cannot imagine that rest is the same thing as sleep or just being a couch potato. Leisure (or rest) is not just a result
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Fifteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (Year B)

Dear Parishioners, We are prophets in so far as we have Faith in the Word of God and allow this light to illuminate our lives. We are kings when we accept the mission of allowing Charity to re-order our lives both interiorly and exteriorly, so that the Kingdom of God already in our midst may become increasingly visible in our world. Let us now consider in what way we live of Christ’s Priesthood…   In the course of our lives all of us face moments of difficulty, of darkness, of temptation, of different sorts of suffering, both visible and invisible
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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Dear parishioners Last Sunday we spoke about how Ordinary Time is a time of growth in the    presence of the Lord. Our baptismal grace shows us that we share in Christ’s  dignity. We’ve already mentioned how we can be prophets in the Church. In what way are we also Kings? To answer we must call to mind the way in which Christ was a King. He did not accept a throne on earth, he had no money, he did not have an army and he seemed powerless at the cross. Yet in Him, as a man, creation was finally    ordered
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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Prophets of Ordinary Time Dear parishioners We have now reached the Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time and often we don’t understand the importance of “Ordinary” time. This is the time of growth, the kind of discreet, silent growth that is happening all the time in our lives regardless of our level of awareness. We live in the “Year of Grace”, this ongoing “year” that began with the Nativity of Our Lord and is still going… The time we live in always contains a certain mysterious “fullness” given to us by the very presence of Our Lord.  It is not always
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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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