21st Sunday in Ordinary Times

Dear Parishioner Peter is the Rock. Christ’s authority is granted to Peter, and upon this, Christ’s Church is built. We see this further developed when Jesus mentions that He will give Peter the Keys of the Kingdom, so that Peter can open and shut, so that Peter can be His Vicar after Jesus ascends into heaven. Today, though, there seems to be a spirit of rebellion in the world, and this spirit comes forth from evil. It is a spirit that says it has to be done “my way”. It is a spirit that says: “I will not submit to
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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioner We, the people living in the 21st century, communicate with one another all day long. We communicate through phone messages, Face Book, Messenger, email etc. But are we in communion with one another? Communication is not the same as communion. If we sometimes have communication problems, is it not because we have problems in being in communion? And if it is difficult to remain in communion with one another, is it not because we are not in communion with God through daily prayer and by listening to His Word? And if we are not in communion with God
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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioner Isn’t it a strange and sad experience, to meet people who say they are atheists or agnostic? Don’t we want to ask them several questions like: what was the cause of the universe? What is the purpose of human existence?   Billions of people believe in God the Creator of the universe. For us believers, we not only know that God exists but that He also invites human beings to encounter Him in many ways as Elijah experienced in such a powerful way. If we spend a lot of time at work, at the mall or before our
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The Transfiguration of The Lord

The Transfiguration of the Lord (4th Luminous Mystery of the Rosary) This was not a fiction, an illusion, a tale…it did happen since strong and mostly credible witnesses attest: “Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him…” (Matt. 17) Of course, there are always people who never want to believe extraordinary
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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

If the question of God to Solomon (First Reading) had been addressed to us, what would we have asked God: “Ask what you would like me to give you.” (1King 3:5)  Solomon asked: “Give your servant a heart to understand how to discern between good and evil…”. For those of us who do not know what to ask God in prayer, this is a good one to ask for every day! Wisdom is indeed what all parents need as they are the first teachers of their children, what political leaders need and all those who have a position of leadership!
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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Dear parishioners, After reading today’s Gospel earlier this week, perhaps you asked yourself the question: which of the four responses toward the Word of God is mine? Am I the kind of Catholic who only hears it for a few minutes during Mass every Sunday and forgets what it was all about after Mass, not really caring about listening to God? Am I so busy with my family life, business, sports, TV and internet that I neither pray nor meditate a few minutes a day with my bible? “A sower going out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell
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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Dear parishioners, Is it not for us a common and sometimes daily experience to feel anxious or upset about things happening in our own family, at work, in our parish, or to feel angry at our self for various reasons? If yes, how do we overcome these temptations which often leave us in a bad mood which is annoying for the people we work and live with? The remedy is: Prayer, prayer and prayer! If we do not take a few minutes throughout the day to be alone with God, with Jesus, with Mary our spiritual mother, we cannot expect
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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Today’s Gospel seems really challenging to live out and at the same time it helps us to make a good examination of conscience about who and what we love the most in our life. Is God first? Is my job first, together with money? Is my family first? Is pleasure first? If I know that God calls me to a consecrated life but my parents disagree, do I obey my parents or Jesus? Jesus said: “Anyone who prefers father or mother to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who prefers son or daughter to me is not worthy of
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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Why do suffering and death exist if God our Creator is Love? Why does He not prevent us from suffering? It is and always will be a universal question. If at times we fall into bitterness, sadness, despair or even worse, have suicidal thoughts, we may need to examine our conscience and see whether we have sincerely searched for the true answers, first in the Bible and in the life of Jesus, second in the teachings of the Church and third, by questioning wise people. It is our responsibility. Christians are called by Jesus to be the salt and light
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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ (Year A)

Solemnity of Corpus Christi Even among Catholics, some do not truly believe that Jesus Christ is present in the Holy Eucharist substantially, body, blood and divinity. For many this white host is just a symbol, a memorial. Where do we stand? If we are among those who do not believe, let us not approach the altar at Communion time before we strengthen our faith by carefully listening to the words of Jesus: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give
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