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Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C

5th Sunday of Easter, Year C Acts 14:21-27 Revelation 21:1-5a John 13:31-33a, 34-35 April 28, 2013 We need hope. We live in a world of turmoil.  Bad things happen.  Bombings in Boston, the explosion in Texas, and the possibility of nuclear and chemical warfare. There is much illness.  Medical Science is making great advances but […]

Boston Bombings and the Death Penalty

As they question the surviving suspect in the Boston bombings from last week, there is talk in the media about giving him the death penalty if convicted.  What do you think? For me the answer is simple, no! If you have read my website and blog and/or are familiar with Catholic Teaching on the Death […]

What’s a Parish Need?

On Friday, I will have been Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Ithaca for ten months.  It has been a busy ten months.  There are all the regular activities that go with a parish, a school, and two cemeteries.  There is also the learning process that goes with me being the “new guy.”  By learning, I […]


I just finished reading an article on listening in a magazine.  Actually, in a spirit of honesty with regards to an article on listening, I’m not sure I really read the article.  Physically I read it but as I was reading it the TV was also on talking about the events this week following the […]

Who Are His Sheep?

4th Sunday of Easter, Year C Acts 13:14, 43-62 Revelation 7:0, 14b-17 John 10:27-30 April 21, 2013  My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me. Remember last week when the disciples saw Jesus on the shore but did not know it was him?  They still listened to him.  Even though they […]

Third Sunday of Easter, Year C

3rd Sunday of Easter, Year C Acts 5:27b-32, 40b-41 Revelation 5:11-14 John 21:1-19 April 14, 2013 The Apostles are now arrested and on trial.  They are zealously preaching the faith.  They had previously given orders to ‘stop teaching in that name.’ Those who have arrested them won’t even speak Jesus’ name (that name).  To the […]

My Last Presentation – “Talking About God: Sharing Our Faith”

When I did my last presentation on March 18th, it was a snowy night so not many were able to attend.  The good news is that the video is now ready and available on my website at Check it out and see what I have to say about deepening our own faith and sharing […]


2nd Sunday of Easter, Year C Acts 5:12-16 Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19 John 20:19-31 April 7, 2013 Jesus has been crucified.  They know the tomb is empty.  The disciples are locked in a room.  Why did they lock themselves in a room? It wasn’t for a conclave. We are told it was for “fear of […]


When we use the word “Passion” with a capital “P” in the Church we are generally speaking of Jesus’ Passion that we just celebrated during Holy Week.  Out of his passion for us, Jesus freely gives his life for us on the Cross so that we can be redeemed.  We must never forget this. How […]