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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Matthew 15:21-28 Jesus moved on to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  This might have seemed surprising to the Jews.  Tyre and Sidon was considered pagan territory and thus unclean by the Jews.  It is there that […]

Korea & the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a Psalm 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus’ disciples found themselves a few miles offshore “being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it.”  They faced a great storm.  I know that I might feel fear in such a […]

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Jeremiah 20:10-13 Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35 Romans 5:12-15 Matthew 10:26-33 Jesus says “Fear no one.” What do you fear?  For our new graduates, they can be happy and excited to have graduated but life transitions can bring the unknown and new things.  Whether it be a new […]

St. John Fisher and the Fortnight For Freedom

Today, June 22nd, is the Optional Memorial of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More.  In the Diocese of Rochester (United States), St. John Fisher is the patron saint of our diocese.  That means for our diocese today is a feast day. St. John Fisher was the Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester in England (Hence, […]

The Visitation and Life

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The gospel reading (Luke 1:39-56) for today tells the story of Mary going to visit Elizabeth.  In this story there are four living people taking part in the story (Zechariah, Elizabeth’s husband is also mentioned by name). The first of the four is, of […]

Care for Creation

Yesterday I attended our annual diocesan Ministerium.  The speaker was Fr. Donald Senior, CP.  His topic was “Laudato Si’: Biblical Reflections for a Spirituality of Creation.”  Using Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si” he spoke about our relationship with God, each other, and the world we live.  He spoke a couple of different times throughout the […]

Responding to Syria

It was reported in the news earlier this week that there was an attack in Syria using chemical weapons.  This is considered an attack by the government in power against its own people.  In response to this specific attack following a history of great conflict in Syria, President Trump ordered missile attacks against an airbase […]

Assisted Suicide & the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

This is our diocesan public policy weekend.  This year’s issue reflected below is speaking against a bill introduced in the NYS Legislative recently to allow assisted suicide.  For more on this issue, check out the USCCB “To Live Each Day With Dignity” and the New York State Catholic Conference. 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year […]

A Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Life

The title I have given this article, “A Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Life” is not my own line.  It is the name given to this day by our United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Yesterday was January 22nd, the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.  Normally on […]