Life on the Vine

Life on the Vine

A Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Easter Sunday, April 28, 2024 Prince of Peace Catholic Church – 10:00 Mass Acts 9:26-31; Psalm 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32; 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8 Audio Recording   I'm willing to bet we have several gardeners here today. Raise your hand if you're a gardener. Even if you're not a gardener, you probably understand that if a plant is to thrive and bear fruit...

Promptings of the Holy Spirit

Promptings of the Holy Spirit

A Homily for Thursday of the Third Week of Easter April 18, 2024 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 Mass Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20; John 6:44-51 Audio Recording   The Spirit said to Philip, "Go and join up with that chariot." Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this Scripture passage, he proclaimed Jesus to him. This account of Philip and the eunuch was clearly the shortest...

Witnesses to the Resurrection

Witnesses to the Resurrection

A Homily for Thursday in the Octave of Easter April 4, 2024 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 Mass Acts 3:11-26; Psalm 8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9; Luke 24:35-48 Audio Recording   Happy Easter! As I'm sure everyone knows, we are still in the Octave of Easter, meaning today is still really and truly Easter Day. This is why we continue to celebrate our Mass with the Gloria and with the Easter dismissal sung...

Happy Easter! Christ is Risen, Alleluia!!

Happy Easter! Christ is Risen, Alleluia!!

The Lord has truly risen! Alleluia! Sin and death have been destroyed, and new life has been offered to all who cling to the Savior in faith. What a glorious day we celebrate today! Nothing ever has been and nothing ever will be more glorious than the triumph of the Son of God over sin and death. Easter must fill us with awe and wonder. Because of His death and Resurrection, our lives are...

Living in the Present Moment

Living in the Present Moment

A Homily for Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent March 21, 2024 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 Mass Genesis 17:3-9, Psalm 105, John 8:51-59 Audio Recording   In our Gospel today Jesus states that He alone knows His Father and that the Father glorifies Him because He is the great I AM. The Jews understood that by using this sacred name of God, Jesus was claiming to be God himself.  As Jesus...

A Basket of Fruit or a Rotten Egg?

A Basket of Fruit or a Rotten Egg?

A Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Lent Sunday, March 17, 2024 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 & 10:00 Masses Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:20-33 Audio Recording   Just two more weeks until Easter. How’s your Lent been? Have you kept your prayer, fasting and almsgiving promises? I know that I haven’t perfectly kept all of mine. As a result of our Lenten...

The Desire for Human Praise

The Desire for Human Praise

A Homily for Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent March 14, 2024 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 Mass Exodus 32:7-14; Psalm 106:19-20, 21-22, 23; John 5:31-47 Audio Recording   "How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?" Jesus continues his countercharge by repudiating human praise and honor. The Greek word translated here...

Times Have Certainly Been Worse

Times Have Certainly Been Worse

A Homily for Thursday of the Third Week of Lent March 7, 2024 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 Mass Jeremiah 7:23-28; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9; Luke 11:14-23 Audio Recording   Today we celebrate the Memorial of Saints Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs. We hear the names of these two Saints whenever the priest uses Eucharistic Prayer I at Mass, also known as the Roman Canon. But as with so many of the...

Alleviating the Suffering of Others

Alleviating the Suffering of Others

A Homily for Thursday of the Second Week of Lent February 29, 2024 Holy Ghost Church - 8:00 Mass Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6; Luke 16:19-31 Audio Recording   The rich man in today’s gospel enjoyed a good life. He had the finest clothes and the best foods. He had lots of money and he used it for his own benefit. Remember, the Jews believed that if a man was righteous, God would...

The Other Side of the Coin of Forgiveness

The Other Side of the Coin of Forgiveness

Friday of the First Week of Lent Friday, February 23, 2024 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 Mass Ezekiel 18:21-28; Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8; Matthew 5:20-26 Audio Recording   “Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer...

The Deserts of Life

The Deserts of Life

A Homily for the First Sunday of Lent Sunday, February 18, 2024 Holy Ghost Church – 5:00 Mass Genesis 9:8-15; Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15 Audio Recording   Each year, the Gospel for the first Sunday of Lent recounts Jesus being led into the desert. As we enter this graced season, we might ask: why does the Church begin this special time of seeking God and preparing...

Daddy / Daughter Dance 2024

Daddy / Daughter Dance 2024

The photos of this year's Daddy / Daughter Dance are available for viewing and download via this Google Photos link. Enjoy!  -Deacon Scott    

True Worship

True Worship

Communion Service Tuesday, February 6, 2024 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00am 1 Kings 8:22-23, 27-30; Psalm 84:3, 4, 5 and 10, 11; Mark 7:1-13 Audio Recording   In today’s Gospel, Jesus strongly criticized the religious leaders because their hearts were lacking true worship. The various traditions of the elders were not necessarily bad, such as the careful ceremonial washing of one’s hands before...

Urgency for Spiritual Healing?

Urgency for Spiritual Healing?

Communion Service Monday, February 5, 2024 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00am 1 Kings 8:1-7, 9-13; Psalm 132:6-7, 8-10; Mark 6:53-56 Audio Recording   It would have been truly awe-inspiring to witness Jesus healing the sick. The people who witnessed this clearly had never seen anything like it before. For those who were sick, or whose loved ones were sick, each healing would have had a powerful...

The Conversion of Saint Paul

The Conversion of Saint Paul

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul Thursday, January 25, 2024 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 Mass Acts 9:1-22; Psalm 117:1bc, 2; Mark 16:15-18 Audio   Today we celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, who was known as Saul of Tarsus prior to his conversion. Saul was a devout Jewish Pharisee who vigorously defended the law. After Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven, the newfound Christian...

Conversion is Contagious

Conversion is Contagious

Circus Ministry Memorial Mass at St. Martha Church in Sarasota, FL Memorial of St. John Neumann Friday, January 5, 2024 1 John 3:11-21; Psalm 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5; John 1:43-51 Download PDF In yesterday’s passage from John’s Gospel, Andrew...

The Joy of the Lord

The Joy of the Lord

A Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 17, 2023 Holy Ghost Church – 5:00 Mass Isaiah 61:1-2A, 10-11; Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28 Audio Recording   Just one more week and it will be Christmas eve! Wow! Where has the time gone? It doesn’t help that Advent is only 3 weeks long this year, with the 4th Sunday of Advent falling on...

Taking the Kingdom of Heaven by Force

Taking the Kingdom of Heaven by Force

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent Memorial of St. John of the Cross Thursday, December 14, 2023 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 Mass Isaiah 41:13-20; Psalm 145:1 and 9, 10-11, 12-13ab; Matthew 11:11-15 Audio Recording   Saint John of the Cross, reformer of the Carmelites along with another contemporary Carmelite and great mystic, Saint Teresa of Avila, endured many trials throughout his life,...

To Give Thanks is a Gift

To Give Thanks is a Gift

Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 23, 2023 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 Mass Sirach 50:22-24; Psalm 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Luke 17:11-19 Audio Recording   While we celebrate this national holiday of Thanksgiving just once a year, we should each have an attitude of gratitude every day of the year, even when the circumstances of our lives may be incredibly...

Keeping Our Oil Flasks Filled

Keeping Our Oil Flasks Filled

A Homily for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday, November 12, 2023 Holy Ghost Church – 10:00 Mass Wisdom 6:12-16; Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13 Audio Recording   Our Gospel today emphasizes that we are wise when we spend our time in preparation for our death, for the Second Coming of Christ, and for the wedding feast of heaven. We are warned...

The Grace of Final Purification: Purgatory

The Grace of Final Purification: Purgatory

A Homily for The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day) Thursday, November 2, 2023 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 Mass Wisdom 3:1-9; Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6; Romans 6:3-9; John 6:37-40 Yesterday’s Solemnity of All Saints, one of the most glorious solemnities within the Church, gave us an opportunity to celebrate and rejoice in the fact that there are countless people who have...