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Seven Years and June 30th

Today is June 30th and the Memorial of the First Roman Martyrs.  While this memorial is an optional memorial, for the last seven years, it has held a particular significance for me.  Before I get into why this memorial is personally significant to me, let say a few words about the First Roman Martyrs. In […]

Solemnity of St. Peter and Paul, Apostles – Homily

Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul Vigil Acts 3:1-10 Galatians 1:11-20 John 21:15-19 Day Acts 12:1-11 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18 Matthew 16:13-19 June 29, 2014   Today would normally be the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time but June 29th is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul as Apostles.  Because it is a Solemnity it […]

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year A – Homily

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year A Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 John 6:51-58 June 22, 2014   Last week we celebrated the Most Holy Trinity as a central mystery of our faith.  This week we celebrated another mystery, the Eucharist.  We do not know how ordinary bread and wine, without […]

The Most Holy Trinity, Year A – Homily

The Most Holy Trinity, Year A Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 John 3:16-18 June 15, 2014   Today we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity.  The Trinity is central to the way we pray as Catholics.  Every time we celebrate Mass, every time we pray, we begin and end by invoking the Trinity with the […]

Fortnight For Freedom

Some of the colonists who came to America over 300 years ago came seeking religious freedom.  When the United States became an independent nation, we adopted a constitution that included a Bill of Rights.  The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion. Unfortunately, instead of seeking freedom of religion, there are people today who seek freedom from religion.  They don’t […]

Pentecost, Year A – Homily

Pentecost, Year A Vigil Readings Genesis 11:1-9 Romans 8:22-27 John 7:37-39 Day Acts 2:1-11 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 June 8, 2014 Fifty days have passed since Easter.  Our celebration of Pentecost now draws our Easter season to a close.  During our Easter season we celebrate gifts of God’s love. We began our Easter […]

7th Sunday of Easter, Year A – Homily

7th Sunday in Easter, Year A Acts 1:12-14 1 Peter 4:13-16 John 17:1-11a June 1, 2014 On Thursday we celebrated the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven where he returns to be seated at the right hand of the Father.  Before ascending Jesus told his disciples to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. As […]