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Easter Vigil 2017, Year A – Homily

Easter Vigil Genesis 1:1-2:2 Genesis 22:1-18 Exodus 14:15-15:1 Isaiah 55:1-11 Romans 6:3-11 Matthew 28:1-10 April 15, 2017 Holy week is the most special time of the year for us.  We began it on Sunday with the blessing of the Palms recalling Jesus’ entry in Jerusalem.  We read the Passion of Jesus to recall what he […]

Good Friday 2017 – Homily

Good Friday Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25 Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 John 18:1-19:42 April 14, 2017 Jesus has died. It was a horrible death.  It started when he was betrayed by Judas, one of his own disciples.  Peter denies him three times.  He is arrested, scourged, mocked, and crucified. How could this […]

Holy Thursday 2017 Homily

Holy Thursday Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-15 April 13, 2017 Tonight we begin something very special, our Easter Triduum.  The word “triduum” means three days.  What we begin tonight lasts until Sunday.  Our celebration spans three days but we need to view all of it as one event. […]

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year A – Homily

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year A Matthew 21:1-11 Isaiah 50:4-7 Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 Philippians 2:6-11 Matthew 26:14-27:66 April 9, 2017 Our opening blessing of the palms begins the holiest time of the year for us.  Our name for this week is very simple, Holy Week. What we celebrate this […]

Easter Vigil – Homily

Easter Vigil Genesis 1:1-2:2 Genesis 22:1-18 Exodus 14:15-15:1 Isaiah 55:1-11 Romans 6:3-11 Luke 24:1-12 March 26, 2016 Tonight we celebrate something very special.  Tonight is like no other night.  Tonight is the most sacred night of the year. Tonight will be very special for Suzanne and Kris as they are baptized and received all the […]

Holy Thursday – Homily

Holy Thursday Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-13 March 24, 2016 Last Sunday we celebrated Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, recalling the royal welcome He received.  Jesus had probably been to Jerusalem numerous times in his live but this was not just a random trip into the city.  Jesus, along […]

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year C – Homily

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year C Luke 19:28-40 Isaiah 50:4-7 Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 Philippians 2:6-11 Luke 22:14-23:56 March 20, 2016 We begin Holy Week on a high note, the same high note that Jesus entered into Jerusalem for the final time with the royal welcome. As Jesus approached Jerusalem […]

As We Begin Holy Week

Here are some thoughts I wrote for our bulletin cover as we begin Holy Week. Today we celebrate “Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord,” more commonly known as “Palm Sunday.”  It’s an easy name to remember given that at Mass we bless palms and take them home with us.  The first gospel reading […]

Easter Vigil 2015 Homily

Easter Vigil 2015 Genesis 1:1-2:2 Genesis 22:1-18 Exodus 14:15-5:1 Isaiah 55:1-11 Romans 6:3-11 Mark 16:1-7 April 4, 2015 Tonight is a special night. It’s special for our twelve people who will be entering into the Church tonight and completing their Sacraments of Initiation. Watching them receive these sacraments is a healthy reminder for each of […]

Good Friday 2015

Good Friday Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9 John 18:1-19:42 April 3, 2015 Jesus has been crucified.  This is a punishment used only for the worst of criminals but Jesus is not a criminal.  When they bring Jesus to Pilate, Pilate asks, “What charge do you bring against this man?”  They only reply, “If we were […]