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Life Continues

Well, today is four weeks since my arrival at Immaculate Conception.  If you remember my earlier writings, Sr. Edna had spoken to me as I was carrying in my boxes to schedule a funeral.  Tomorrow, I will preside at my eighth funeral since my arrival.  That would translate to about 100 funerals a year.  The good news is that […]

The Need for Constant Renewal

Here is my homily for Sunday, July 22nd. 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Jeremiah 23:1-6 Ephesians 2:13-18 Mark 6:30-34 July 22, 2012 Once again the apostles gather with Jesus.  But this time their gathering takes on a different significance.  They are just returning from the mission that Jesus sent them out on. To […]

Another Week

Today is three weeks since my arrival as the pastor of Immaculate Conception Church.  Last week I spoke about how busy I have been.  I continue to be busy with funerals and meetings.  What I am really trying to focus on is simply getting to know the parish and the people.  This has been a […]

Summer Slow Down

I titled this article “Summer Slow Down” but there really hasn’t been one for me.  The primary reason for that, of course, is my recent appointment as Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Ithaca.  Being new to the parish I have a lot to learn about the parish.  Fortunately, our parish staff  have been very […]

Celebrating Our Freedom

Today (July 4th) we celebrate our country’s independence.  It is a good day to think about the principles our country was founded on. The Declaration of Independence, the founding document of our country, states We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with […]

It’s a Small World

One of the things I have been reminded of during my transition to Immaculate Conception is how interconnected we can be.  Here are some examples. When one parishioner introduced herself, I recognized the last name and discovered I know her brother-in-law in Odessa. Our Pastoral Associate was at my Confirmation 31 years ago because she […]

First Homily at Immaculate

Here is my homily that I offered this weekend as I began as pastor of Immaculate Conception Church.   For those who haven’t seen me preach, I adjust from Mass to Mass so what follows isn’t always exactly what I said at any one particular Mass. 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24 […]