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We Have a Pope

Today we have a new Pope, Francis I.  It is Cardinal Bergoglio from Argentine.  You can read more about him at http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1301150.htm.    As he begins his papacy, I will be praying for him as our Pope and invite all of you to do the same. Peace, Fr. Jeff

It Begins

I write this at 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.  That means the cardinals have celebrated the Mass that opens the conclave and are now in the process of moving into the locked conclave. In today’s first reading, Ezekiel tells of his vision of the restoration of the temple.  He writes in the time […]

Homily – Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year C

4th Sunday in Lent, Year C Joshua 5:9a, 10-12 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 March 10, 2013 The first reading speaks of the entrance of the Israelites into the Promised Land.  This marks a new beginning for them.  Once, they were slaves to the Egyptians and God set them free in a new beginning […]

The Role of Godparent

Recently, the question of who can be a godparent has come to me.  Many see it is as an honor to be chosen to be a godparent.  It is an honor but it also comes with responsibility.  To see it only as an honor could be pride.  The glossary of the Catechism of the Catholic […]

Homily for Holy Hour

Homily for Holy Hour Using Readings for 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A Exodus 17:3-7 Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 John 4:5-42 March 2, 2013 These readings that we are using for our Holy Hour tonight are taking from the Third Sunday of Lent which we celebrate this weekend but they are the readings from Year […]

Homily – Third Sunday in Lent, Year C

3rd Sunday in Lent, Year C Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12 Luke 13:1-9 March 3, 2013 “Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices”.  We don’t know any more than this about what happened here but the people are understandably concerned and bring […]

Confession or Spiritual Direction

As Catholics we should be familiar with the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession).  Less known, there is also Spiritual Direction.  The two can have a lot of overlap.   The Sacrament of Reconciliation focuses on our sins but can include some conversation that helps us to think about our sins and what we need to do to change […]

RCIA

Soon we will celebrate Easter.  At the Easter Vigil many people across the world will be baptized and/or received into the Catholic Church.  As that draws closer we are seeing more rites for these people at Sunday Mass.  Lent begins for these people with the Rites of Sending and Election (Call to Continuing Worship).  For those […]