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Catholic Charities as the Work of the Church

This past weekend was the first weekend since I came to St. Michael’s that I haven’t preached.  Instead, we welcomed Deacon Peter Dohr who serves as the Executive Director of Catholic Charities Wayne County.  He spoke to us about the important work they do in our area and some new programs they have started to help […]

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 66:18-21 Psalm 117:1, 2 Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13 Luke 13:22-30 Who is welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven? The Jews saw themselves as a chosen people, the only ones who would get into the Kingdom of Heaven.  They did little to share the faith with others. So, it would sound […]

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 Psalm 40:2, 3, 4, 18 (14b) Hebrews 12:1-4 Luke 12:49-53 Jesus tells us that he comes to bring division, to set father against son and mother against daughter, and in-laws fighting.  The thing is, we don’t need Jesus help with this.  We can find enough to fight […]

The Need for Martyrs

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Lawrence.  He was a deacon under Pope St. Sixtus II and was martyred in 258 A.D.  Yesterday we celebrated the optional memorial of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (aka Edith Stein) who was martyred during World War II.  Our Catholic Church has a long history of martyrs […]

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Wisdom 18:6-9 Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22 Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 Luke 12:32-48 Last week we saw Jesus’ reaction to the man who asks him to tell his brother to share the inheritance.  Jesus wasn’t interested in talking about inheritance.  Jesus told the parable of the rich man with a bountiful […]