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Archive of posts filed under the Eucharist category.

The Sacrifice of the Mass

In the articles I have written during the Coronavirus crisis, my discussion about the Eucharist has so far focused on the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. It is his Body and Blood that give us spiritual nourishment. Now, I would like to talk about the Eucharist as a sacrifice. The notion of the […]

Our Desire for the Eucharist

When I posted my homily last week, I included a link to an Act of Spiritual Communion and some information about it. It was the first week after Masses were suspended because of the Coronavirus in the Diocese of Rochester where I serve as a priest. We continue to deal with the Coronavirus so this […]

What are We to do Without the Mass?

The way in which we live out our faith has changed drastically in the last two weeks. We first heard of the Coronavirus in China back in December. It has been spreading since then. Other countries like Italy began to take precautions, including canceling Masses. On March 12th, Bishop Matano issued new precautions for Mass. […]

A New Video Presentation on the Eucharist

I just uploaded the video of my latest presentation in my series on the Sacraments. This video is almost two hours because the Eucharist is so important. Peace, Fr. Jeff P.S. Please pray that in future presentations, I always go no longer than God wants.

How We Can Witness to Our Faith

Here’s something I wrote for our parish bulletin 2/9/20 Evangelization: How Can You Share What Our Faith Means to You? I hesitated to use the word “evangelization” in the title of this article.  I think when people here the word “evangelization” there is a tendency to think of evangelicals calling out Bible verses or people […]

Holy Hour Homily

Advent Holy Hour Matthew 26:36-46December 8, 2019 We are here this evening for what we call a “holy hour”.  One might ask we do we holy hours at all and why today. To understand why we do “holy hours” at all we need to consider two things.  First and foremost, it is rooted in the […]

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year C – Homily

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year CGenesis 14:18-20Psalm 110:1, 2, 3, 4 (4b)1 Corinthians 11:23-26Luke 9:11b-17June 23, 2019 As we come together to praise God this weekend, this is a very important weekend in the life of our parish for three reasons. First, I’ll mention it is my last weekend here as […]

The Food We Need

We have many choices in what food we eat. We have various meats to choose from, beef, chicken, pork, and lamb. Or we can choose fish and seafood. There are numerous choices for vegetables ranging from peas and carrots to broccoli and brussels sprouts. Of course, there are fruits like apples and oranges. There are […]

3rd Sunday of Easter, Year C – Homily

3rd Sunday of Easter, Year CActs 5:27-32, 40b-41Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13 (2a)Revelation 5:11-14John 21:1-19May 5, 2019 Throughout the Easter season, our first reading comes from the Acts of the Apostles, the story of the early church right after Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection. Part of what the early church experienced was persecution.  Today we […]

“Coming to Know Jesus”

Homily for March 2019 Holy HourExodus 17:3-7Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 (8)Romans 5:1-2, 5-8John 4:5-42 How much do you know about our faith?  How well do you know Jesus? I’m sure everyone here tonight knows the Lord’s Prayer by heart.  How much time do you pray about what the words of this prayer that comes from […]