Memorial Day

Readings: Isaiah 32:15-18 | Psalm 72 | Matthew 5:1-12a Today is a day to reflect on our heroes. Who are the ones we hold up as role models and honor for their contribution to our world? Would we think of political leaders, or sports heroes, or entertainers? Certainly their accomplishments inspire us, and perhaps even… Continue reading Memorial Day

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (Remembrance Mass)

This weekend, we chose to celebrate All Souls at all of the parish Masses on Sunday (which is allowed) as part of our four-week series called “A Crash Course in Catholicism.” Today, we come together to remember our loved ones who have passed from this life to the hope of the kingdom.  As we continue… Continue reading The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (Remembrance Mass)

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls/Morning Mass)

One of the deep mysteries of the human experience lies in the realities of life and death. Everyone has, or will, experience the death of loved ones, sometimes after a long life, sometimes far too soon, always with feelings of sadness, regret, pain, grief and perhaps even anger or confusion. That’s how grief works. It… Continue reading The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls/Morning Mass)

The Solemnity of All Saints

Today’s readings Today, the Church militant – which is all of us – rejoice with the Church triumphant – which is all the Saints in heaven – because of the great glory of God. This glory they can already see; we hope to see it one day. And we will see it if, please God,… Continue reading The Solemnity of All Saints

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

The Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Where are you?

Today’s readings Where are you? This is the question God asked Adam and Eve early on in our first reading today.  And for them, the answer to the question was that they were not in an especially good place.  We know the story: God had given them everything they need to live in the Garden… Continue reading The Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Where are you?

Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

Today’s readings Today’s Scriptures extol the virtue of poverty of spirit, which is perhaps one of the more difficult virtues to embrace and nurture.  Saint James illustrates how things of this world, specifically the pursuit of riches, can be not only a powerful distraction from the spiritual life, but can also leave one complicit in… Continue reading Thursday of the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time