32nd Sunday Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear parishioners The power of the resurrection is more than we could ever hope for or imagine.  The resurrection comes from the very life of God and we are all meant to live this life – yes, already on earth.  In Christ we share the very life of God.  This life is a continual source, a continual ‘generating’ of life.  Christ, by His resurrection showed us that this life conquers every evil, all sin, and even death itself.  Everything is swallowed up in life!  At the end of time when there is the bodily resurrection, then everything will be “all
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31st Sunday in Ordinary time (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, The feasts of All Saints and All Souls have ushered in the last month of the Church’s Year. In the Gospels Jesus is nearing the end of his pilgrimage, and as he does the Church turns our eyes towards two other ends, encompassed by his own: the end of each of our individual lives and beyond it the end of time itself. As we pray for all who have died before us over the month, the themes of death, judgment and resurrection will become more and more predominant in the readings. But before all this today’s readings set
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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, To be baptised is to be sent, as in sent out into the world. To be called (vocation) by God is to receive a mission. To be chosen and loved is to receive a responsibility to our brothers and sisters. There is a connection between the gift of God and His people. God is aiming at all of us even as He approaches one of us more closely. Always! We need only think of the Virgin Mary in order to understand that her privilege was a gift that was meant to enrich every single one of us. There
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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear Parishioners Today’s Gospel teaches us about perseverance in prayer.  What a lesson to learn! No matter how far we go in prayer and faith we will always need to pray for our own needs and those of others.  The more we pray the more we align ourselves with God and His will.  Persistence in prayer leads us to obtaining our deepest desire.    Our deepest desire is the treasure that awaits us.  It is nothing other than God himself.  So why must we wait? A Carthusian Monk wrote: “Why does God, who is love, keep us waiting? Because He
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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear Parishioners Today’s Gospel is important for our parish.  Ten lepers are healed. Leprosy kills the nerves and causes the flesh to die or rot. The lepers come to Jesus and they have to remain at a distance and cry out to Him in hope.  They ask for mercy, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”  Their sickness prevents them from approaching Jesus, but it is by the power of Jesus’ word in conjunction with their faith that they are healed. The first reading also speaks of a leper who is healed; this time it is through the prophet Elisha
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Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear Parishioners “Fan into a flame the gift that God has given you!” In the second reading, St Paul reminds us of the great gifts conferred on every Christian; gifts too often lying dormant in our souls through fear and inaction. We must revive the fire that is in us; for it is not a “Spirit of timidity” we were given, but a “Spirit of power, of love and of self-control.” Power, love and self-control: our power is found precisely in love, and yet this love is not an affair of passing emotions but a love committed and strengthened through
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Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Jesus Christ was rich, but he became poor for your sake, to make you rich out of his poverty. Dear parishioners, The parable of Lazarus and the rich man should urge us to seek ways to actively help those in most need. Of the many reasons why we should pay attention to our actions (or lack thereof), the one that perhaps stands out for being the most Christian is expressed by the following words of Jesus: “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”. Matthew 25:40. The poor remind us
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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

“My friend Mark Shea had an experience that speaks volumes about the spiritual literacy of twenty-first-century Americans. He was at work when his coworker’s radio began playing Joan Osborne’s “If God Was One of Us.” Mark’s coworker looked thoughtful for a moment and then said, “Wouldn’t that be a great idea for a story?” Mark said, “What?” She replied, “Suppose God became a human being. Wouldn’t that make a great story?” The woman speaking was a college-educated professional living and working in the heart of one of the great urban centers of a nation ostensibly filled with Christians. She was
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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Dear parishioners, The Holy spirit profoundly touched Jessica. She came on a weekend retreat after having put up with months of pestering from her friends.  She never knew how much God loves her.  She had had a difficult life up to the day she entered the retreat.  Her mother was quite troubled; all too often in institutes for those with mental troubles to be able to be much of a mom. Jessica’s father though was always a good man. Though too occupied with his wife to be able to be there for Jessica; he did all he could.  During this
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