May 1st – III Sunday of Easter

My Dear Friends: Today the liturgy presents us with one of my favorite gospel scenes: the Risen Jesus appearing to the disciples on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Why was Jesus waiting for the disciples on the shore? St. Gregory the Great offers an explanation: We may ask why, after Jesus’ Resurrection, he …

April 24th – Divine Mercy Sunday

My Dear Friends: Happy Divine Mercy Sunday! What a beautiful Holy Week and Easter Week we have just had! We thank all of you for your prayerful participation in the most holy days of the year. Our church was full (really full) , our confession lines were long, the music was divine, and I kept …

April 17th – Easter Sunday

My Dear Friends: Happy Easter! We welcome all our parishioners and all of those visiting our beautiful church to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord! “The joy of the resurrection renews the whole world.” –From the Old Translation of the First Easter Preface We are filled with overwhelming joy on the Easter morning. We have …

April 10th – Palm Sunday

My Dear Friends: Holy Week is here! The most important week of the year. And so I present you with a very simple question: how do you intend to spend this week? We cannot go about the activities of the next seven days as if it were just another week. The events of Holy Week …

April 3rd – V Sunday of Lent

My Dear Friends: Since Holy Week is now a week away and we start to hasten towards Easter, I wanted to offer you excerpts and reflection on my homily last week on The Prodigal Son. This is such a timeless parable that continues to move us as it surely moved those who heard it from …

March 27th – IV Sunday of Lent

My Dear Friends:         On March 15, Archbishop Wenski promulgated a letter that I would like to share with you today. In it he ends the dispensation that has been in place since the pandemic began and restores the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. The letter starts off with a quote from the Catechism of …

March 20th – III Sunday of Lent

“In the name of God, I ask: Stop this massacre,”  With those words last Sunday, Pope Francis appealed for an end to the war in Ukraine. That war has been weighing down on us the last few weeks. We have felt sorrow or anger or even helpless as we see a people suffer so much. …

March 13th – II Sunday of Lent

My Dear Friends: Last week I wrote my bulletin column two days before Ash Wednesday. Nothing could have prepared my brother priests and I for the overwhelming number of people that attended Mass that day. Almost every Mass was full to capacity, and the 5:30pm Spanish Mass looked like Easter Sunday Mass. Yes, after two …

March 6th – I Sunday of Lent

My Dear Friends: As we begin the season of Lent, our hearts are obviously heavy with the events transpiring in Ukraine. On Ash Wednesday, we all spent the day in fasting and prayer to implore our Lord, the Prince of Peace, to restore peace and stability to that region. We have been edified by the …