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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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.  [...]


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. [...]


On this Feast we call “Good Friday”

On this Feast we call “Good Friday” listen to these words from the second century by Saint Melito of Sardis. They include both a prayer to Jesus and something for us to consider. You have given yourself for redemption: soul for soul, body for body, blood for blood, man for many, and death for death. [...]


Mark Chapter 17

Homily Notes for January 28, 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist and one-time presidential candidate Bill Bradley tells of the time he was attending a political dinner in Washington. A waiter came around with butter. He said, “I would like two patties, please.’ The waiter replied, “I’m sorry, sir; it’s just one to a customer. Bradley msaid, [...]


“Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

January 14, 2018 I think it is fairly safe to say that there has never been a time in human history when there have been as many different ways to communicate as there are in this day and age.  We have telephones, cell phones and pagers; intercoms and public address systems; faxes, telegrams, flyers, and newsletters; radios, [...]


Make a New Beginning

Homily Notes for December 10, 2017 Second Sunday of Advent A little boy walked out into his backyard wearing a baseball cap and carrying a bat and all.  “I am the greatest hitter in the world,” he said.  Then he tossed the ball into the air, swung at it, missed.  “Strike one!” he yelled.  “I [...]


Remember! Celebrate! Believe!

Once upon a time a four year old girl pulled on his mom’s skirt as she was baking cookies.     She asked, “How long is it until Christmas?”  “Three more weeks,” came the answer.  “I can’t wait that long,” the child screamed.  “I want to have Christmas NOW.  I want a horse NOW.  Why do we [...]