The Solemnity of All Saints (Vigil Mass)

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Today’s readings Since we’re gathered here on Halloween, All Hallows Eve, I thought I might get your attention by doing a little homily I like to call “Would Jesus Go Trick-or-Treating?” It’s an important topic, because I think a lot of parents wrestle with the message of Halloween and whether or not they should support… Continue reading The Solemnity of All Saints (Vigil Mass)

Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Today’s readings Today, we celebrate two apostles who, as often is the case, are relatively unknown except that they were followers of Jesus.  Jude is called Judas in Luke and in the Acts of the Apostles, but he’s not that Judas.  Matthew and Mark call him Thaddeus.  We have in the New Testament the letter… Continue reading Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings This weekend we continue our preaching series at Saint Mary Immaculate called “A Crash Course in Catholicism.”  Please continue to pray for the success of this preaching series, and for the openness for all to receive the grace God is pouring out on us in these days.   So far we have spoken about… Continue reading The Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Sin is exhausting.  Just like the barren tree was exhausting the soil.  Anyone who has struggled with sin, or a pattern of sin, in his or her life can tell you that.  Those who have been dragged down by any kind of addiction or who have tried to work on a character flaw… Continue reading Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 1; has always been one of my very favorite psalms. One interpretation of this Psalm is to look at it as a blueprint for blessedness. In Biblical terms, of course, blessedness equals happiness. So the person who doesn’t follow the counsel of the wicked or walk with sinners but instead meditates… Continue reading Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings There are two things: the promise, and the response. The promise has echoed down through the ages.  God called Abraham and promised descendants as numerous as the sands on the sea shore or the stars in the sky.  Through Moses, God made known his intent to bring his people out of slavery and… Continue reading Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Connecting with God and the Power of Prayer

Today’s readings This weekend we continue our preaching series at St. Mary Immaculate called “A Crash Course in Catholicism.”  The purpose of the course is to address some core beliefs and practices of Catholics to help people, especially those who have left the practice of the faith or struggle with some of the basics of the… Continue reading The Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Connecting with God and the Power of Prayer

Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs/Make a Difference Day

Today’s readings St. Isaac and St. John were among eight missionaries who worked among the Huron and Iroquois Indians in the New World in the seventeenth century. They were devoted to their work and were accomplishing many conversions. The conversions, though, were not welcomed by the tribes, and eventually St. Isaac was captured and imprisoned… Continue reading Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs/Make a Difference Day

The Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Our God Heals|Our God Saves

Today’s readings Today we begin our “Crash Course in Catholicism.”  It’s our hope that through this four-Sunday series of homilies, those who are seeking answers from the Church and those who are wanting to get back to the practice of the faith can find some help in sorting out the obstacles they have been encountering.  For all… Continue reading The Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Our God Heals|Our God Saves

Saint John XXIII

Today’s readings The firstborn son of a farming family in Sotto il Monte, near Bergamo in northern Italy, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was always proud of his down-to-earth roots. After his ordination in 1904, Fr. Roncalli returned to Rome for canon law studies. He soon worked as his bishop’s secretary, Church history teacher in the seminary,… Continue reading Saint John XXIII