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Category Archive for 'Reflections from the Pulpit – Wandering with Deacon Mike'

When I was a kid back in grade 8, I went to a Catholic School and many of the teachers were nuns from the Sisters of St. Joseph as there convent was just up the street. One day we were having a special lunch and we were lined up in the cafeteria waiting our turn […]

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Here is my Easter Homily from a few weeks back. It references the Stain Glass Windows in my home parish of St. Patrick’s. Click here if you would like to have a closer look at these windows which help to tell our Big Story.  A family was walking out of church the last time I gave […]

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There is usually, though not always, a display of pictures or now a days a video. One thing that strikes me as a visitor to this family gathering at the funeral home is how similar these montages of life capture in pictures is between all of these different and unrelated clans. While they all seem […]

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We have completed our walk with Jesus through Ordinary time with the evangelist Matthew as our guide. As you may have heard the last three weeks of Year A in the 3 year liturgical cycle  are particularly significant for those of us at St. Patrick’s. The Parish “Vision Statement” which is a prominent feature in […]

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One of my favorite authors tells a story about his early experiences in school. He was a creative child with boundless energy. He was the type of kid many teachers just did not know what to do with, as he did not fit the mold of the “model student”. One day this young writer to […]

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The last time I was with you I told you about a priest, an evangelist, and a minister who had serious racoon problems in their respective churches. Today we find the same three in a rowboat in the middle of a pond fishing. None of them had caught anything all morning. Then the evangelist stands […]

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In a small town, there were three Christian churches. There was an Evangelical, Baptist and a Catholic Church. The ministers and priest met once a year to have dinner and to talk about their ministry. Racoons had set up home in their respective church attics. The decided to meet next year and compare notes on […]

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Hi Folks- I have been away from posting for quite sometime and hope to return soon. I gave a homily on the weekend and talk about our trip through Ordinary time since the end of the Easter Season. I have put together this Photo Album of our trip and a few people asked me to […]

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The title of my last homily was “Where have all the demons gone.” In the readings for that Sunday, the apostles were upset because there are others outside of the chosen few who were claiming to cast out demons in Jesus’ name. It occurred to me that there seemed to be demons on every street […]

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“Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. Mark Chapter 9 I have […]

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This weekend in my homily I am remembering the story of my friend Gordie and his fight with the demon of shame. Here is a short video that deals with some of his demons and how a few folks, like the “unauthorized” breakaway disciple in the Gospel for this weekend, helped Gordie to a enjoy […]

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The traditional view of the table of the last supper:                         Another way to look at it:

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Hi folks- I have been away wandering as any good itinerant would do and have not been posting for sometime. I will spare you all the details except to say thanks to those who sent me some notes wondering if I had fallen of the edge of the world. I haven’t and as tie permits […]

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I was wandering around the Internet the other day and came upon a story that is supposedly told by one of this past century’s great philosophers- John Lennon of Beatle’s fame. In this short quote, he tells us the most important life lesson his mother ever taught him. “When I was 5 years old, my […]

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