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Archive of posts filed under the Ecclesiology category.

Being “Church”

We continue to be separated to do our part to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. I miss seeing the people. I miss gathering together to celebrate the Eucharist. Celebrating the Eucharist is the most important thing we can do. In our celebration at Mass, God makes present the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross […]

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Numbers 11:25-29 Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14 (9a) James 5:1-6 Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 September 30, 2018 Jesus speaks to his disciples about what causes them to sin.  His direction to cut our hand or foot off or to cut our eye out if they cause us to […]

“The Church’s Birth and Foundation” – Holy Hour Homily

Homily for September 2018 Holy Hour Acts 2:1-11 Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29 1 Corinthians 12:12-30 John 19:28-37 The first reading tonight tells the story of Pentecost.  It can be a spectacular scene to image.  I think the Hollywood special effects crews could have fun with the noise of the “strong driving wind” […]

New Presentation on Video – What It Means to be a Church

Almost two weeks ago I did a presentation here at St. Michael’s.  I had planned my calendar around being able to edit and caption the video the day after the presentation so I could get it online as soon as possible.  Then I realized I had gotten a new computer since the last video I […]

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica – Homily

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17 John 2:13-22 November 9, 2014   Today we celebrate the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica.  There are not many days that take precedence over the normal Sunday readings.  Last week, All Souls’ Day was one and now this […]

What Does It Mean To Be a Church?

Easter is the most important time of the year for us as we celebrate the gift of the Eucharist, Jesus’ Crucifixion, and his Resurrection not as three separate events but one event over three days intimately linked together (for more on this see  What we celebrate at Easter defines who we are as Catholics […]

Just Back From New York City

I just returned this evening from a short time to New York City.  Yesterday I attended an all-day meeting of PCNY (the Priests’ Council of New York).  We hold quarterly meetings with priests representing all the diocese of New York State.  We come together to discuss the common challenges we face.  This month one of […]