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Frequent Confession: Why?

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Thursday of the First Week of Ordinary Time January 14, 2021 Hebrews 3:7-14; Psalm 95:6-7c, 8-9, 10-11; Mark 1:40-45 Audio Recording Jesus, after healing the leper asked him to do two simple things: go to the priest to complete his ceremonial cleansing, and “tell no one anything.” We don’t know if the leper visited the priest or not, but in spite …

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Christ Divinizes our Humanity

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The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas December 31, 2020 1 John 2:18-21; Psalm 96:1-2, 11-12, 13; John 1:1-18 Audio Recording We all understand that Jesus was fully human and fully divine. In the synoptic gospels we are given his human genealogy, but in John’s gospel we are given his divine genealogy. Origen of Alexandria, one of our early …

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The Christmas Proclamation

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Thursday in the Fourth Week of Advent – Mass in the Morning December 24, 2020 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16; Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 AND 29; Luke 1:67-79 Audio Recording On this morning of Christmas Eve, we stand at the threshold of the fulfillment of the amazing prophecies made throughout time by the prophets of the Sacred Scriptures. In …

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When God Disrupts Our Plans

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Fourth Sunday of Advent Sunday, December 20, 2020 Holy Ghost Church – 8:00 and 10:00 Masses 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16; Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 Audio Recording On this last Sunday of Advent, as the joyful celebration of Christ’s birth approaches, the Church reminds us in today’s gospel reading of the Feast of the …

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Jesus’ Family Tree

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Thursday, 3rd Week of Advent B December 17, 2020 Matthew 1:1-17 Audio Recording This is the gospel reading the deacon dreads having to proclaim at the Christmas vigil Mass when the church is full and all the kids are looking at you funny as they hear these Old Testament names being pronounced by the 21st century deacon. If he’s wise, …

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Persevere in the Faith

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Wednesday, 34th Week OT A November 25, 2020 Luke 21:12-19 In today’s gospel passage, Jesus tells us that we will be hated because of his name. Throughout the past two thousand years Christians have been persecuted for their faith. And this is not going to change until our Lord returns. Have you ever asked yourself if you were put to …

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Take a Risk and Share Your Gifts!

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday, November 15, 2020 Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Matthew 25:14-30 My homily and farewell message at the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses at Our Lady of Fatima Are we willing to take a risk for the Kingdom of God? Are we willing to move outside of our comfort …

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Gotta Serve Somebody

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Wednesday, 31st Week OT A Memorial of St. Charles Boromeo Wednesday, November 4, 2020 Luke 14:25-33 Do we have any Bob Dylan fans here today? In 1978 Dylan converted to evangelical Christianity. Dylan believed he had experienced a vision of Christ in his Tucson hotel room while on tour. He’s quoted as saying “Jesus did appear to me as King …