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Whose Wisdom Do You Choose?

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday, September 19, 2021 Holy Ghost Church – 5:00 Mass Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; Psalm 54:3-4, 5,6 and 8; James 3:16-4:3; Mark 9:30-37 Audio Recording In today’s second reading, James presents two types of wisdom. The wisdom from above and the wisdom from below. Then he describes the results of each type. First James speaks about …

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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?

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For some time now I’ve been considering whether or not I should share my thoughts on getting vaccinated against the dreaded COVID-19 virus. I understand that there are strong opinions on both sides of the issue and I fully recognize that it is one’s personal choice as to whether or not you get the vaccine. We all have our reasons …

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What or Whom Do We Worship?

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September is football season in East Tennessee. Our beloved Vols take the field to the delight of their devoted fans. The enthusiasm of the fans is especially pronounced as hope springs eternal for a winning season. Yesterday Christine and I experienced the opening game, our first Vols game ever, complete with a pre-game tailgate party at Circle Park right next …

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The Assumption Sunday, August 15, 2021 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00, 10:00 & 5:00 Masses Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Psalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16; 1 Corinthians 15:20-27; Luke 1:39-56 Audio Recording   Today we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Assumption is when Mary was taken to heaven at the conclusion of her earthly …

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Too Busy to Pray?

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday, July 18, 2021 Holy Ghost Church – 5:00 Mass Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23:1-3,3-4,5,6; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34 Audio Recording   In today’s Gospel we’re taken back to the time when Jesus’ apostles had completed their first successful missionary journey. After accompanying Jesus for a long time they were sent out on their own to …

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Transformed in Christ

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday, June 20, 2021 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 & 10:00 Mass Job 38:1, 8-11; Psalm 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Mark 4:35-41 Audio Recording Today’s readings speak to us, among other things, of CONVERSION, of the TRANSFORMATION of our lives into true disciples of Christ. Listen again to this verse from today’s …

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Prayer as a Couple

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Memorial of St. Charles Lwanga and Companions Thursday June 3, 2021 Tobit 6:10-11; 7:1bcde, 9-17; 8:4-9a; Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5; Mark 12:28-34 Audio Recording Today’s first reading speaks to us, among other things, about the power of prayer, especially in marriage. It also speaks of the importance of inviting God into all the areas of our lives, even those which …

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One Church, One Faith, One Baptism

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Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord Sunday, May 16, 2021 Holy Ghost Church – 5:00 Mass Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9; Ephesians 4:1-13; Mark 16:15-20 Audio Recording Today, we are celebrating the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. This Feast commemorates the elevation of Christ into Heaven by His own power in the presence of His disciples …

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Obedience to Your Bishop

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Thursday of the 4th Week of Easter April 29, 2021 Acts 13:13-25; Psalm 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27; John 13:16-20 Audio Recording We all know that Christ established his Church through the preaching and teaching of his Apostles. Since the Apostles were sent by Christ, they received the same respect from the early Christians as would have been given Jesus …

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Acting on God’s Inspiration

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Thursday of the Third Week of Easter April 22, 2021 Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20; John 6:44-51 Audio Recording We have all had the experience of feeling an internal prompting to do something. Maybe it’s something that will take years to complete such as studying for a profession or discerning and preparing for a vocation.  Or maybe it’s something …