January 16, 2022 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear Parishioners: Finally! The Season of Christmas has concluded. Of course, for most of society it concluded weeks ago. For some it  concluded as the sun went down on Saturday, December 25. But we know the truth of the season. Christmas begins with the first Mass on Christmas Eve and the season concludes with…

January 9, 2022 – Baptism of the Lord

My Dear Parishioners: Voyagers: Life can be viewed as journey (Pilgrim’s progress; Exodus; Odyssey), or still better as voyage (because driven by forces more powerful than ourselves, like wind and waves.) We sail upon a rippling surface of events, feeling the joy of movement, being alive and going somewhere. When things go well, we feel…

January 2, 2022 – Epiphany of the Lord

My Dear Parishioners: In 1850 John Millais (1829-1896) painted the scene of the teenaged Jesus working in Joseph’s carpentry workshop, entitled Christ in the House of His Parents. Young Jesus had given himself a bad gash in his finger and blood streamed down onto his feet. Mary was there comforting him. Although only an imagined…

December 26, 2021 – The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

My Dear Parishioners: The gospel today shows us a very devout Jewish family. Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem to present to the Lord as their first-born. Jesus’ parents were very observant Jews. They introduced Jesus to their own religious tradition as soon as he was born. Jesus was shaped by…

December 19, 2021 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

My Dear Parishioners: As we now move into the Fourth Week of Advent and the final Sunday of this great season, we hear a very familiar Scripture story of the Angel Gabriel and the words delivered to Mary. How many times have we heard this Scripture read? If it is very familiar to us, we should…

December 12, 2021 – Third Sunday of Advent

My Dear Parishioners: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.  Let us pray. I abandon myself into your hands, do with me whatever you will. Whatever you do, I thank you: I am ready for all; I accept all. Let only your will be done in…

December 5, 2021 – Second Sunday of Advent

My Dear Parishioners: THERE ARE MANY STRANGE NAMES in today’s Gospel. They are the names of people and places most of us have never heard of. Why does Luke mention these people and places? First of all, because he is simply following the custom of his day both for Jewish and Greek writing. But, more…

November 28 – First Sunday of Advent

My Dear Parishioners: On the first Sunday of Advent, the scripture readings do not turn us towards the warmth of Christmas or the wonders of the season. We aren’t invited to follow Mary’s path into Bethlehem, or share in the joy of a new babe.  We don’t see shepherds on the hillside, or hear the…

November 21 – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

My Dear Parishioners: Paul speaks of Jesus Christ at the end of time handing over the Kingdom to God the Father. Today’s preface repeats this, describing Christ’s kingdom as one of truth and life, of holiness and grace, of justice, love and peace. This ideal is not to be merely a future hope but is…

November 14 – Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Dear Parishioners: One of the most wonderful things about our Catholic faith is that it is very incarnational. By this I mean that not only our minds, but our bodies and senses, too, are engaged completely when we worship during Mass. For example, scented incense is sometimes used to represent our prayers rising to…