Events 2017-12-12T23:22:28+00:00


1909, 2018

September 16th Homily

A priest dreamed he died and came to the gates of heaven.  There he was met by St. Peter who informed him that there was a point system and one needed 100 points to enter paradise.  The priest said, “Well, I was a good Christian all my life.”  Peter replied, “One point.”  “I prayed and read the Bible every day.”  “One point.”  the saint cheerfully replied.  “I was generous with everything I had, tithed, and helped the needy.”  “Two points.”  “I was a priest for 50 years.”  “One point.”  By now the priest was deeply worried.  He thought, “I’ll never [...]

2608, 2018

August 26th Homily

Looking around at the people turning their backs on him, Jesus says to the apostles – his closest followers, “Do you also want to leave?”   ……….   They were free to walk away or walk with Jesus. From its very beginning to and including the present, there have always been scandals in the Church.  ……….   Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus, Peter denied knowing Jesus, and Thomas doubted the story of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.  One of Jesus parables speaks to the reality that there will always be saints as well as sinners in the church. We have heard [...]

808, 2018

A Recent Daily Mass Homily by Deacon Harry Evans

Every Sunday we sit in the “nave” of the church, a word whose origins come from the Latin navis which means “boat” or “ship.”Jesus invites us to get into the boat which provides us safety and security…BUT   When we are in the boat do we realize that Jesus is sending us into troubled waters? At the end of Mass we hear the command “GO” (get out of the boat). The question Peter asks, “IF it is you Lord,” is a good indication that he already doubts  ….reluctant to get out of the boat… …   How do we know [...]

108, 2018

July 15, 2018 Homily

City Slickers is a movie about three middle aged friends whose idea of a vacation is to go on a cattle drive.  At one point Billy Crystal asks a crusty old cowboy what the meaning of life is.  The cowboy holds up one finger and says, “The meaning of life is one thing.”  Crystal says, “OK.  So what is it?”  The cowboy says that it is for each person to discover.  When they do, they have to make it the most important thing in their life.  Everything else is less important. Our scripture readings today speak to us about the [...]

1707, 2018

July 8, 2018 Homily

Clio was a woman who struggled with a weight all her life.  Recently through exercise and dieting she had lost 75 pounds.  Her friends and co- workers were so proud of her.  Then one morning she came walking into the office with a half-eaten box of a dozen donuts.  One of her co-workers said, “Clio, you were doing so well.  What happened?”  Clio answered, “It’s like this.  As I was driving to work today, there was a detour.  I realized that it was going to take me right by the bakery.  So I said to myself, ‘If God wants me [...]

2806, 2018

The Birth of Saint John the Baptist

“Among those born of women no one is greater than John” (Lke 7:28). These words which Jesus said about John the Baptist are the reason why we celebrate the Feast of the Birthday John the Baptist. As a rule, the church celebrates the feast of a saint once a year, on the anniversary of the saint’s death. This is the day he or she is born in heaven.   In the case of John the Baptist we celebrate both his death & his birth. John is the only saint after Christ whose birth we celebrate with a solemn feast. Our gospel [...]

1706, 2018

The Body and Blood of Christ

Being a n early riser, I usually went to daily Mass with my Dad form the time I was in kindergarten.  Therefore, the greatest day of my life was when I celebrated and received my first communion.  So caught up in the joyous wonder of being able to receive communion, I began to count the number of other people who received communion at weekday Mass.  In those days we knelt at a communion rail and the priest would walk by and give communion.  One day, much to my embarrassment, when the priest said, “The Body of Christ,” I replied, “Fourteen.”  [...]

506, 2018

Notes from Pentecost Sunday

Sometimes words seem to lose something in the translation.  This is especially true when it comes to religious ideas.  In his book Meditations Anthony Bloom tells one such story.  “A Japanese man once said to me.  ‘I think I understand about the Father and the Son, but I can never discover the significance of ‘the honorable bird.’” That man is not alone.  Most Christians find it hard to grasp the meaning of the Holy Spirit and the meaning of the feast we call Pentecost.  Chances are you may have never noticed that there are two versions of the coming of [...]

105, 2018

April 22, 2018 Homily

Although I can’t personally vouch for it, this story is said to be true.    A Sunday school superintendent in a protestant church had two new boys -- brothers -- to register for Sunday school.  After writing down their names, she asked them for their ages and birthdays.  One of them said, “We are both seven.  My birthday is April 8, 1976 and my brother’s is April 20, 1976.”  “But that’s impossible,” answered the superintendent.  “No, it’s not,” one of the brothers answered, “One of us is adopted.”  Without thinking, the woman asked, “Which one?”  The boys looked at each other [...]

1904, 2018

Easter Sunday Homily

We’ve all seen weight loss commercials that show before and after pictures of people who used their product. There are many make over shows on television which show how people, rooms, front yards or even entire houses are transformed. Once again before and after pictures or video can often leave us amazed at what happened. The resurrection of Jesus is perhaps the best example in the Bible of what a difference a few days make. Jesus was the person who gave meaning to the disciples’ lives. They had pledged their lives to Jesus. They put their dreams in Jesus. They [...]