November 22nd – Christ the King

My dear friends,  “What could we possibly be thankful for during this challenging year?”  I’m sure many of you have been asking yourself that question as we approach Thanksgiving Day. Yet we are reminded by St. Paul in his First Letter to the Thessalonians: “In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ…
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November 15th – XXXIII Sunday in Ordinary Time

My dear friends, Today in the gospel we hear the parable of the talents, and I want to focus specifically on the third servant who buried the one talent his master gave him in the ground. The third servant had been blessed. Sure he hadn’t been blessed with as many talents as the other two…
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November 8th – XXXII Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear Friends, The Catholic tradition of offering Masses for our loved ones, especially those who have died, can be traced to the beginnings of the Catholic Church. In the Eucharist we are united in a unique way with the faithful departed and the Communion of Saint. Why do we offer Masses for our loved…
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November 1st – Solemnity of All Saints

My Dear Friends, Happy All Saints Day!  On this solemnity, I invite you to open up the Catechism of the Catholic Church to explore a line that we say in the Creed every Sunday. Paragraph 946 says: After confessing “the holy catholic Church,” the Apostles’ Creed adds “the communion of saints.” In a certain sense this…
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October 25th – XXX Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Which commandment in the law is the greatest?” (Matthew 22:36) We hear this question in today’s gospel. This is more than just a trick question that the Pharisees offer up to Jesus. We hear this question and immediately think that Jesus has to choose from among the 10 commandments given to Moses. But the Pharisees…
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October 18th – XXIX Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear Friends, We know how anxious many of you are to return to the physical meetings of our ministries. Trust me, we are too because it gets very quiet around here after the 5:30 p.m. Mass has ended. Ministries are the lifeblood of the parish. They take what we have received at the Holy Eucharist and not only…
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