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Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI

I write at 2:43 p.m. local time or 8:43 p.m. in Rome (on February 28th).  That means Pope Benedict XVI resignation went into effect 43 minutes ago.  It was not a simple decision for him to retire, especially since there is no retirement provision for popes.  That’s why all the headlines say he resigned.  Our […]

The Transfiguration – Homily

2nd Sunday in Lent, Year C Genesis 15:5-12, 17-19 Philippians 3:17-4:1 Luke 9:28b-38 February 24, 2013 The Lord leads Abraham (Abram) outside to look at the stars but it is not a simple night to gaze at the stars.  It is a profound event. Picture the stars.  Think about counting them.  How many are there?  […]

Some Resources from the USCCB on the Papal Transition

Here is a link to some resources from the USCCB on the process as Pope Benedict XVI resigns and a new pope is elected. Peace, Fr. Jeff

The Gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Many of you may have seen my presentation recorded in January on the story of my faith journey.  One small part in that presentation was a mention of the first time I went to the Sacrament of Reconciliation after my return to church.  From that there were a couple of questions about how we confess […]

The Temptation of Jesus – Homily

1st Sunday in Lent, Year C Deuteronomy 26:4-10 Romans 10:8-13 Luke 4:1-13 February 17, 2013 On Wednesday, we marked the beginning of our Lenten journey for this year with the reception of ashes.  Lent is a time that’s purpose is to lead us to the joy of the Easter Triduum. Central in the Triduum is […]

Young Adults: Our Present and Our Future

Today I attended a workshop on Young Adult Ministry called “Building Bridges to Young Adults” by Joan Weber of the Center for Ministry Development.  The goal of this workshop was to help the participants like myself find ways to serve our young adult Catholics by becoming better aware of their perspective in life, and help them […]

On the Pope’s Resignation

The headlines were glaring, “The Pope is Resigning.”  I have to admit that when I say the headline yesterday morning I was shocked.  I thought ‘what’s wrong?’  It turns out that nothing is wrong.  Pope Benedict XVI is 85 years old.  His health is declining and has decided in the best interest of the Church […]

Hearing Our Call to Care About Others

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Luke 5:1–11 February 10, 2013 It isn’t easy to be a disciple of Jesus.  When Peter realized it was Jesus standing with them, he felt so unworthy to be with Jesus, that he asked Jesus to leave them.  Jesus tells him do […]

Getting Ready for Lent

It’s almost here.  Lent begins with our celebration of Ash Wednesday on February 13th this year and will go to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (March 28th). When you hear the word “Lent” what do you think of?  Ashes, abstaining from meat, giving up something, or fish?  This can be the […]

God is Love. We are Created to Love

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13 Luke 4:21-30 February 3, 2013 Our reading today from Paul is probably the most often picked second reading for weddings.  Sometimes, I think couples just pick it because it has the word “love” in it a lot.  It used six times but […]