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Looking up to God by reaching down is the title I have chosen for today’s homily. Many people pray by looking up to heaven. There is nothing wrong with this. However, we often fail to realize that our God is all around us and to see him we may well have to reach down with […]

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Transform: 1. To change markedly the appearance or form of; 2. To change the nature, function, or condition of; convert. Ponder: 1. Think about (something) carefully, esp. before deciding or concluding. This weekend we continue our reflections on the transformation of the peasant girl from Nazareth named Mary. A few weeks ago we remembered the […]

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One of the truly amazing gifts of being Catholic is the rich theology and teachings we have been given through the years about the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through the ages we have come to understand the role of Mary through the teachings of the Church, by numerous masterpieces of art and in a special way […]

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Today we wrap up Liturgical Year A with the celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King and we conclude our journey through Matthew’s gospel. We have been exploring Matthew 25 over these past 3 weeks. Matthew 25 contains 3 parables, although some scholars question if today’s gospel is actually a parable. We began with […]

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This week I finish preparing the homily for this coming weekend’s celebration of the final Sunday of the liturgical year which the Church has proclaimed to be Christ the King Sunday. To get us started take a moment and have a read of this short summary of this feast from our friends at Wikipedia: Christ […]

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Today’s gospel continues our journey through the later chapters of Matthew. Jesus and the disciples have arrived in Jerusalem and Jesus has already served notice to the religious authorities that he is in town by throwing the money changers out of the temple. These well dressed and fancy robed leaders start to watch him closely. […]

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Note: At the end of this homily there is a request of the parishioners of St. Patrick’s to participate in the Out of the Cold and Friends of Dismas cooking programs. We far exceeded our needs and I want to thank the “Labourers” of St. Patrick’s for their kindness and generosity. Of Parables and Paradox […]

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I was golfing, well I was walking around the golf course randomly hitting the ball, and I ran into my friend Chuck McCarthy. Chuck has been a deacon for many years and he was telling me about his latest homily. Chuck is a guy who has served his community with all of his heart over […]

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      Twenty-First Sunday Ordinary Time Year A What does it take to be a member of Christ’s church? I have shared with you that if I could only take one of the four gospels with me to a desert island it would be Matthew. If I had one question for the author of […]

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  Matthew’s gospel has only one short Chapter dealing with the post resurrection story. Many scholars call the “Great Commissioning”. Today,Jesus gives the apostles, he gives all of us, our mission when he commissions us “to go and make disciples of all the nations.” Fr. Scott Lewis, in his column this week, challenges us that […]

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Click Here for a Printer Friendly Copy Today is the Third Sunday of Lent and we make a departure from Matthew’s gospel and for the next three weeks we will experience Jesus with the Gospel according to John as our guide. What is the primary purpose of the Gospel of John? It is radically different […]

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For my friends at St. Patrick’s and other travelers here is what I meant to say in my homily this past weekend which was the 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Since I stopped using notes while delivering the homily each one is a bit different and it even surprises me what actually comes out at […]

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Click Here for a Printer Friendly Copy of this Week’s Homily This is my first homily in Year A- The Year of Matthew. One of my favorite authors- who I have mentioned before is Dr. Alexander Shaia, and in his book- The Hidden Power of the Gospels, he explores the how the New Testament was […]

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Click here for a Print Copy of this Homily for the The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ Homily- Solemnity of Christ the King When I looked at the Gospel story for today, I thought to myself this is no mere coincidence that I am preaching this weekend. Today we celebrate the Solemnity […]

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The Assumption of Mary (Click this link for a Printable Copy of the Homily) I have been thinking a lot about suffering lately. That may seem like an odd way to start a homily on the Assumption of Mary, which is a Holy Day celebrated by Catholics around the world. A friend of mine told […]

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