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July 29, 2020 | Feast of St. Martha

Homily by Deacon Jay Ziolkowski When ever we read about St. Martha in the scriptures, the image of an active and work-oriented as well as a task-oriented person comes to mind.  For me, it brings images to mind of my mother, whose name was Mary, but at holiday times was the personification of Martha.  I [...]


July 26, 2020

Homily by Father Paul Wharton How do you describe the indescribable? What can you say about the invisible? How can you explain the inexplicable?  The truth is that words aren't good enough, but sometimes words are the best we can do. What Jesus found helpful was to tell the stories. The parables today give us a [...]


Coronavirus Captivity Update: Day 134 — Pearls

According to TMZ’s website, “Marilyn Monroe’s pearls from her last ever photo shoot could be sitting in your collection -- the historic jewelry is hitting the auction block. Marilyn wore faux pearl earrings and slipped on a faux pearl necklace for the photo spread -- famously known as the "Last Sitting" -- with legendary fashion [...]


Coronavirus Captivity Update: Day 130 — Temper Tantrums

With smartphones and security cameras seemingly everywhere all the time, there have been numerous examples of an individual’s anger leading to tantrums that only an out of control three-year-old in a grocery store could admire.  There have been meltdowns by some individuals refusing to wear masks.  On the other hand, people have thrown hissy fits [...]


July 19, 2020

Homily by Father Paul Wharton We have witnessed how evil men and their enablers cause incalculable harm and damage to the Catholic Church, across the world, in our country, and in our diocese.  More recently, we have seen how evil men have abused their authority and killed a man, triggering riot and looting.   Sadly, much [...]