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Homily Notes – September 10, 2017

Until about the year 1100 most people had only one name.  But with an increasing population it became necessary for people to add a surname or last name.  In the English language these came from five main sources: one’s occupation   (Baker, Painter, Shepherd, Tailor, Smith, Miller) one’s location         (Hill, Brook, Greenfield, Forest, London) one’s [...]


Homily Notes – August 20, 2017

Once there was a Jew and a Chinese man eating lunch in the same diner. For no apparent reason, the Jewish man got up, walked over to the Chinese man and slapped him in the face. The startled Oriental asked, “What was that for?” The man responded, “That was for Pearl Harbor!” The victim was [...]


Homily Notes – August 13, 2017

At his first Mass as the newly chosen Pope on 10/22/78, now St. John Paul encouraged everyone with these words, “Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid to welcome Christ and accept his power… Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ.”  Having accepted the great responsibility of being the newest Pope, perhaps [...]


Homilly Notes – July 16, 2017

Words can be found on our computers, televisions, radios, smart phones, tablets, other electronic devices, billboards and advertisements.  Let’s not forget books, readers, newspapers, magazines, and blogs.  There are somewhere between 250,000 and 1,000,000 words in the English language depending upon whom you ask.  Our library in downtown Beckley has tens of thousands of books [...]


Homily Notes – July 9, 2017

A rich man entered a village and called all the poor people together in the town square.  He told them that he wanted to share his wealth with them by giving each person enough money to begin a new life.  Some of the poor people rushed forward, grateful to the rich man and eager to [...]


Homily Notes – July 2, 2017

The great patriarch Abraham who is the Father of the Chosen People of Israel was a nomad who spent much of his life in the desert.   Perhaps that is why hospitality was so important to him and to his people.  This story or legend is so old, it is quite possible that Jesus heard it [...]


Homily Notes – Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ             Blessed John Henry Newman was an Anglican Bishop who joined the Catholic Church and became a Cardinal.  He famously said, “To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.” Many Protestants who studies the Church to better attack it, end up become Catholic themselves.  [...]


Homily Notes – Feast of Pentecost

Feast of Pentecost Jesus once told his disciples, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.  For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”  How true were those words for Mary, [...]


Homily Notes – May 28, 2017

HOMILY NOTES In “Fiddler on the Roof” Tevye is a pious Russian-Jewish peasant who loves to stare up at the sky and argue with God.  In one particularly dark moment when everything seems to be going wrong for his family and the Jewish community, Tevye looks to heaven and says, “It’s true we are the [...]


Homily Notes – May 21, 2017

When I was a senior in high school, our Civics Class went to the Wood County Court House to observe a trial.  It was a whiplash case in which a man was suing a woman who caused the accident.  (The man’s lawyer had him name all the different injuries which included the back of his [...]