21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

“Fatherhood”   After last week hearing Jesus say that the disciples must eat His Body and drink His Blood in order to have eternal life, today’s Gospel says that many of his disciples leave Christ and will no longer follow Him. That seems to be what is happening today. So many families leave the Church because of scandal but even more leave because they find it hard to believe. If we are to change this, if our families are to remain faithful, we have to begin to take our faith personally. We must begin to engage. Across our society, we find
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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Dear Parishioners We have spoken about not complaining, and hopefully that helps to calm our minds and hearts.  Then, last week, we went into the importance of listening. By listening, we open ourselves to the other, and perhaps we begin to really pray.  This week, we have to learn to eat, spiritually speaking. There are of course many ways to eat spiritual food.  Reading the Bible is an obvious way to feed your soul, praying the Rosary is another. But there is a special place put aside for the Eucharist. Christ says, “For my flesh is true food, and my
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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Dear Parishioners Listening is not as easy of a feat as we think it might be, yet it is essential.  Only a person that knows how to listen can have a spiritual life.  It is by listening that we take things in and we allow things to change us.  It is by listening that we find the motivation to move forward.  Also, it is by listening that we welcome people into our hearts. Perhaps our greatest temptation is to not listen. We don’t want to listen, or we hear without hearing. The people in the Gospel today react to Jesus
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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Dear parishioners, Today’s Gospel takes place after the miracle of the loaves and the fish, and Jesus tells the people “Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you” (Jn 6:26-27). He thereby instructs them to look for the Spiritual Food that will give them Eternal Life. So, they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said
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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Dear parishioners Paradise on Earth! At the end of today’s Gospel, the people want to make Jesus the King.  He just      accomplishes the miracle of the loaves and the fish.  He did it because He cared about the people, not because He wanted to make heaven on earth.  People  cannot understand why God does not take away all the evil.  Why doesn’t God just take away all our    suffering?  Here He fills their bellies, so they want to make Him king. The mission of Jesus was not to make heaven on earth, rather He came in order to transform this
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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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