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Holy Week

Here is the article I wrote for the cover of today’s (Passion Sunday) Bulletin The Most Important Time of the Year Today is Passion Sunday, aka Palm Sunday.  These two names identify what we do today.  We begin Mass with the Blessing of the Palms.  We read the gospel story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem […]

Stations of the Cross

One of the common devotions of the Catholic Church, especially in Lent, is the Stations of the Cross.  In praying the Stations of the Cross, we remember what Jesus went through during his final hours for us.  Some of the Stations have specific scriptural origins (click here for a table) and some come from tradition. Generally, […]

Whose Job is It?

There seems to be an attitude today among some people that the government should fix all the problems.  Does the government serve a key role in solutions to many problems?  Yes, but that doesn’t mean it is the government’s job to fix everything. I am reminded of a quote from President John F. Kennedy inaugural […]

Rejoice in the Cross

Here is my homily for this Sunday. Peace, Fr. Jeff 4th Sunday in Lent, Year B 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23 Ephesians 2:4-10 John 3:14-21 March 18, 2012 The Book of Chronicles speaks of the infidelities, the abominations of the Israelites, and how they are polluting the Lord’s Temple.  These verses can be discouraging but it is […]

Thinking Beyond Ourselves

In Western New York where I live we have been having one of the mildest winters ever.  The temperatures have been warmer than normal and the snowfall is much less than normal.  Many people have been talking how wonderful it is. It is much more pleasant than many winters but, looking at the bigger picture, […]

A Long But a Good Weekend

Just finished a long but a good weekend.  It was a long weekend because in addition to the regular Sunday Masses, I had three other events going on.  It was a good weekend because all three events went well and accomplished good ministry. The first event of the weekend was a Saturday morning Liturgy Committee […]

Homily for March 4, 2012

2nd Sunday in Lent, Year B Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 Romans 8:31b-34 Mark 9:2-10 March 4, 2012 For us, it seems impossible that God would have asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.  To sacrifice any human being should seem impossible and immoral.   To add to that Abraham and Sarah had waited a long […]