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Marriage, Divorce and the Church

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle A Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37 My homily at the 5:00 Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Sunday, January 19, 2020 Audio Recording On this weekend following Valentine’s Day, I think it’s appropriate that we reflect on what Jesus tells us in today’s gospel reading about marriage.  …

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Answering our Baptismal Call to Holiness

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle A Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34 My homily at the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses at Our Lady of Fatima Sunday, January 19, 2020 Audio Recording One of the great privileges of being a deacon is that I get to administer the sacrament of baptism. …

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Epiphany Announcement of Easter and the Moveable Feasts

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On New Year’s Day I learned that I would be chanting the Epiphany Announcement of Easter and the Moveable Feasts for the coming year. This is an ancient tradition in the Church, dating back to a time before calendars were readily available. Learn more on the USCCB website. I was a bit nervous about doing this, but I had experience …

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe!

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – Cycle C 2 Samuel 5:1-3; Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43 My homily at the 5:00 PM Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Saturday, November 23, 2019 Audio Recording Today is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the last Sunday in our liturgical year.  …

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Running the Race to Heaven

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C Jerimiah 38:4-6, 8-10; Psalm 40:2, 3, 4, 18; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53 My homily at the 8:30 & 11:00 Masses at Our Lady of Fatima Sunday, August 18, 2019 Audio Recording In today’s second reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, the author compares following Christ to running a race, so those …

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Condemn the Sin, Not the Sinner

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Fifth Sunday of Lent (C) My homily at the 5:00 Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Saturday, April 6, 2019 Audio Recording I suspect we are all familiar with the phrase, “Condemn the sin, not the sinner,” or “Hate the sin, but don’t hate the sinner.” Today’s gospel provides the perfect example of how this was the principle Jesus employed …