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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you go on biting and devouring one another, beware that you are not consumed by one another.” (St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, ch. 5) Dear Friends, St. Paul’s words are so appropriate for…

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends, It was only a week ago that our country went into mourning as we heard of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history with 50 dead and 53 others injured at the gay night club known as the Pulse in Orlando, Florida. In the first reading, the prophet…

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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

“One who accompanies others has to realize that each person’s situation before God and their life in grace are mysteries which no one can fully know from without.” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, par. 172) Dear Friends, As I get older I hope I am growing in a bit of wisdom….

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Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends, Now that we have completed most of the Solemnities of the Lord, we begin Ordinary Time in earnest with two stories of a widow who had lost her son and how God intervened in their lives. The plight of the widow of Nain is captured in a limerick,…

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Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

“Blessing, upon second thought, is not always an obvious gift. Often it’s what’s needed for the next part of the journey – Kicking and screaming, perhaps, but without which the ground remains hard.” (Sr. Madeleva Williams, CSJ) Dear Friends, As we celebrate the great gift of the Eucharist this Sunday,…

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The Most Holy Trinity

Dear Friends, Welcome back to Ordinary Time! While our liturgical environment and vestments reveal the beauty of spring green, the church celebrates several “theme” Sundays such as we find in today’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Who can fathom the profound mystery of the Holy Trinity? In Catholic grade…

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Pentecost

“The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind…” Bob Dylan Dear friends, It seems as if all we have these days are questions. Though every time in history is poignantly unique, now seems more pressing than ever because the questions are ours! Where is the world going? I am…

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The Ascension of the Lord

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes down on you; then you are to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, yes, even to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) Dear Friends, Two weeks ago our Common Parish Pastoral Council met with Rich Harter, the Director…

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

“He can bring thy summer out of winter though thou have no spring. All occasions invite his mercies and all times are his seasons.” (John Donne) Dear Friends, We are having a cold spring in so many ways. The obvious crazy weather, but the even more cold air that has…

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

“Before the feast of Passover, Jesus realized that the hour had come for him to pass from this world to the Father.” (John 13:1) Dear Friends, At his time of year there are a lot of banquets and parties as we celebrate the rites of passage in our Church and…

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