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Asking Questions About Our Faith

Last night we had another gathering for our Young Adult Group.  For those unfamiliar with the group, we started the group in January and it is open to any young adult (Eighteen – thirty-something) Catholic in the Tompkins County Area.  It is meant to be both social, giving our Catholic Young Adults a chance to […]

Homily – 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C Zechariah 12:10-11, 13:1 Galatians 3:26-29 Luke 9:18-24 June 23, 2013 What defines who we are? If someone asks you about yourself, what do you tell them?  Do you tell them about your job?  How about your family?  How about your hobbies?  How about your faith? Which of these […]

Finding God in the Busyness

What a week!  I’ve been busy going here and there.  It’s the last week of school so I’ve been at the school a lot.  There was the final visits of the year to the classrooms on Monday.  (Pre-K celebrations were last week)  On Tuesday morning there was the Kindergarten celebration.  Yesterday (Thursday) was the final School […]

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) – Homily

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C 2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13 Galatians 2:16, 19-21 Luke 7:36-8:3 June 16, 2013 Like all of us, the Jews of Jesus’ time had their “rules and customs.”  The Pharisees were among the experts on this. One of these Pharisees invites Jesus to dine with him, perfectly acceptable behavior.  Who […]

The Holy Spirit

God’s presence in our lives is made known to us today through the Holy Spirit.  How do we know of the Holy Spirit?  What does the Bible say about the Holy Spirit?  What does the Catechism of the Catholic Church teach us about the Holy Spirit? Find out in this video from my last presentation. […]

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C 1 Kings 17:17-24 Galatians 1:11-19 Luke 7:11-17 June 9, 2013 When we know someone who is suffering or we are suffering ourselves, we pray for miracles.  This is good.  We should always pray for anyone in suffering. In offering these prayers, we don’t always get the miracles we […]

Standing For Life

Life is a precious gift. I pray everyday that “all who public office respect the dignity of all life from womb to tomb.”  An individual’s life begins at conception.  In earthly terms, a unique individual is created with a particular set of genes that will never exist again.  In spiritual terms, each life is a […]

Survey Responses

Well, the Survey Responses are in.  I’ve attached the full responses here. Before I continue, I would like to thank everyone who responded.  All the responses were favorable.  Now, let me respond to the comments to the final question “What suggestions do you have to make Renewal of Faith Better?” “I also would find it interesting if […]

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi, Year C Genesis 14:18-20 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 9:11b-17 June 2, 2013   Melchizedek offered bread and wine in recognition of Abraham’s victory over the “enemy”.  No explanation is offered for why bread and wine is used and Melchizedek is never heard from again. Moving forward over 2,000 years, Jesus ministers to the […]

Follow-Up and the Week in Review

Last week I posted a survey here (if you haven’t seen it, check out last week’s article at  So far, fifteen people have completed the survey.  I will leave the survey open for another week and then post the results here.  So far the comments are good and encouraging. This week was a short week […]