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Liturgical Seasons Reflections

Assembling the Nativity Scene

Readings for Friday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time This week, they’ve been building the nativity scene out on the front lawn of the church. Mary and Joseph are out there, and the stable, the manger… a sheep, and of course… a donkey. Now we all know what that means when the nativity scene […]

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Andrew was a really good fisherman

Readings for The Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle I’m sure Saint Andrew was a really good fisherman. He had accumulated a lifetime of hard-earned experience and raw instinct, working the shores of the Sea of Galilee each and every day. His father was a fisherman himself, and surely taught Andrew and his brother Peter […]

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Advent Talk

Recently I had the awesome opportunity to present on the topic of Advent at an RCIA session here at the parish! It’s hard to believe we’re already preparing for Christmas, but it’s true. Here is the recording from the session:

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Feast Days Reflections Virgin Mary

Living Consistently for the Lord

Mary was perfectly open to God from the start. That’s really what we are celebrating today in this Feast of the Presentation of Mary. As the story goes, Saints Joachim and Anne brought their three year old daughter, Mary to be dedicated to the Lord in His Holy Temple — She was consecrated. Set apart. […]

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Death is a gift?

Readings for Tuesday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time They seemed in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction — and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. (Wisdom 3:2-3) This passage from the book of Wisdom, very often chosen […]

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Jesus, the Waiter

  When I was in high school, I worked at Shoney’s as a waiter on the weekends. I still vividly remember coming home late at night — sometimes 10, 11 o’clock or even later — completely wiped out, smelling like greasy french fries as I carefully counted out my dollar-bills from the evening’s tips. No […]

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How to be “Seeker-friendly”

I too will go to seek the LORD. This line from our first reading from Zechariah stuck out for me. In some Christian circles, people will talk about the so-called “seekers.” By “seekers,” they mean people who aren’t really sure about God or the Church — but they’re actively searching for deeper meaning in their […]

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God’s Family First

The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him but were unable to join him because of the crowd. He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside and they wish to see you.” He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God […]

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Refuse God Nothing – Feast of St. Jeanne Jugan

“Refuse God nothing.” These are the words of the saint we are celebrating today — St. Jeanne Jugan. She’s a special patroness of mine, and her feast happens to fall on my birthday! Jeanne Jugan is remembered today as the foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor — a congregation whose mission is to […]

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The Ascension: Did Jesus Just Float Away?

Watch any little kid with a balloon. They hold onto that balloon for dear life. That’s because they know that the moment they let go, their balloon will be lost forever. But sooner or later, whether the child is distracted or just loses interest, they loosen their grip. And off the balloon goes… never to return. […]