November 17, 2019 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

I.  Be a Part of A Life-Giving Parish Community! If you are a registered parishioner, you should have recently received a letter from me talking about three components that make up a life-giving community!           PRAYER—Private and communal (especially the communal prayer of Eucharist and the Sacraments);            HOSPITALITY—Members feel they belong and are appreciated.…

November 10, 2019 – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

I.  Am I Growing Spiritually? Like Zacchaeus in last week’s Scripture passage (Luke 19:1–10), I sometimes have to TAKE THE INITIATIVE for God to work in my life. Do I have that kind of “curiosity” within my heart that Zacchaeus had—to “climb a tree” and “go out on a limb” to see Jesus? Perhaps I need the…

November 3, 2019 – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

I.  Our Good Neighbor Haley-McGinnis: as you can see, Haley-McGinnis has transformed the lot across Locust Street from our Cathedral into a 47 slot parking lot. Nathan Morris from Haley-McGinnis called to graciously offer us access to their parking lot when it is not being used by Haley-McGinnis. This will benefit us tremendously! We are…

October 27, 2019 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

I.  Solemnity of All Saints:  for me or you to be a saint, we must show others the face of God. Sister Carla Mae Streeter, O.P. proposes we translate the Beatitudes (Mat-thew 5:1-12) as “beautiful” in addition to “blessed” or “happy.”  She contends, “What moves us is the beauty of someone’s life” (Foundations of Spirituality, 2012).…

October 20, 2019 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

I.  If We Are Baptized, We Are Missionaries!  Today, World Mission Sunday, we are called to personal encounter with Jesus Christ alive in the Church, and to offer, through this Eucharistic celebration, our prayers and our generous financial support, through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, to continue the mission of Jesus. Today…

October 13, 2019 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

I.  Annual Disciples Response Fund (DRF): If you are registered at a parish in our Diocese, you have probably received a letter from Bishop Medley asking for support of the Disciples Response Fund annual appeal. The good works funded by the DRF appeal deserve our support, including youth & young adult ministries, parish grants, charitable…

October 6, 2019 – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY I.  Respect Life Month Theme is “Christ Our Hope in Every Season of Life:”  Each October the church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most…

September 29, 2019 – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

I.  Gratitude for Dedication Anniversary Celebration! With all the conflicts in scheduling last weekend, I was very pleased to have so many who could be part of the Saturday evening 5:00pm Mass, and dinner with burgoo, BBQ chicken, and trimmings, with lots of delicious desserts.        The Jordan River, as I mentioned this…

September 22, 2019 – Celebrating 93 Years

I.  Do We Have the Responsibility for the Poor? The 16th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, which we read from this Sunday to the next, is focused on the proper use of wealth and the unjust distribution of goods between the very rich and very poor. This chapter is complemented perfectly in our first…