2211, 2018

Thanksgiving Day

It was many years ago that actress Helen Hayes cooked her first turkey. Before serving it she announced to her husband, Charles MacArthur, and their son James: “Now I know this is the first turkey I’ve ever cooked. If it isn’t right, I don’t want anybody to say a word. We’ll just get up from the table without comment, and go down to a restaurant for dinner.” Then she went back into the kitchen. A few minutes later when she entered the dining room, bearing the turkey, she found her husband and son seated at the table — wearing their [...]

1811, 2018

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fads come and go. The word fad may be a faster way to say, “fiddle-faddle.” It may have come for a French word meaning “trifle” or “nonsense.” It is even possible “fad” is related to the Latin word for “stupid.” Consider — Phone booth stuffing, bell bottom wearing, Pokémon playing, gold fish swallowing, flag pole sitting, fidget spinners, collecting pet rocks, beanie babies, rubic cubes, comic books, and computer games. People have been speculating how long things would last if ever person on earth suddenly disappeared. After only 25 years, 75% of the planet’s paved city streets and sidewalks will [...]

1111, 2018

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Story about the preacher who had his janitor wire his pews with electricity to make them stand up during the pledge drive $25, $50, and $100.00. Afterwards the happy preacher asks the janitor if there were any problems and learns that four were electrocuted. Our readings from the Scriptures are about two women who knew what it meant to be truly needy. Yet, both women are outstanding examples of the biblical teaching on giving. Both women had much in common: they were widows they gave what they had they were down to their last they gave all they had they [...]

211, 2018

Feast of All Souls

Fifth Century Saint Augustine is one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the history of the Church.  Like some very famous saints, he had a sordid, sinful past.  His mother was Saint Monica who prayed for her son’s conversion tirelessly for many years.  Through the grace of God she lived to see that day. The story of her death written by her son is very moving.  Saint Monica died far from home, but she did not want a lavish funeral. She told Saint Augustine, “Lay this body wherever it may be.  Let no care of it disturb you.  This [...]

111, 2018

Feast of All Saints

“She was a great saint.”  They said at the woman’s funeral.  But she had worked no miracles, she had written no great books, she had held no great church office.  Indeed, she had not even spent most of her life in prayer for she had been far too busy.  Coping with the cares of her family, her husband’s long illness, and the difficulties of modern life, she was unnoticed by the world.  But when she died, people said she had been a saint….. ………………..  Her life had simply been Christian.   Today’s festival is the great feast of little saints: [...]

2110, 2018

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Death, famine, war, disease, terrorism, addiction, cruelty, natural disasters are a part of everyone’s life.  No adult I know has lived a life without suffering.     What does the Bible say on the subject?  For the most part no one wants or seeks suffering.  We are like James and John in today’s gospel.  “Lord, let us sit at your side when you come into your glory?”  We all want the glory.  But for Jesus, James, John and us there is no glory without suffering, no resurrection without the cross.  Let’s briefly consider what the Church has to say. First, the Bible [...]

1010, 2018

October 7, 2018 Homily by Deacon Jay Ziolkowski

During the wedding rehearsal, the groom approached the priest with an unusual offer. "Look, Father, I will give you $100 if you'll change the wedding vows.  When you come my part that I will love, honor and obey and forsaking all others to be faithful to her forever, I'd appreciate it if you just left it out.  He passed the priest a $100 bill and walked away.   On the day of the wedding, the priest looked the young man in the eye and said: "Will you promise to prostrate yourself before her, obey her commands and wishes, serve her [...]

1010, 2018

October 7, 2018 Homily by Deacon Harry Evans

Today’s Gospel focuses on marriage and specifically on divorce. Marcia and I were married at an early age… we didn’t follow the popular wisdom of finish your education first, then get married…we were in love, I was going off to college and we thought this was the right thing to do. We’ve beaten all the odds for our marriage to have survived this long considering the timing and circumstances of our marriage. And we describe it today as a miracle…one that shows God’s grace at work. After forty-seven years of marriage there is one thing Marcia and I can agree [...]

1010, 2018

October 7, 2018 Homily by Deacon Don

A couple was celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. At the banquet the master of ceremonies posed this question to the husband, “What is it like living with the same woman for 60 years?” The man gave a little smirk and said, “I deserve a medal.” The master of ceremonies turned to the wife and asked the same question. She raised her head, eyes dancing, and said, “If he deserves a medal, the Pope should name me a saint and give me a halo!” I wonder if I am qualified to give this homily since Mary Ann and I have only [...]

210, 2018

September 30th Homily

An elderly couple were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. All through the day crowds of family and friends dropped by their house to congratulate them. So they were grateful when evening came, the last guest departed, and they were able to be alone.... After a while the old man looked over fondly at his wife and said, “Honey, I am proud of you.” “Well, what was that you said?” the old woman asked in return. “I said, ‘I am proud of you.’” But she still couldn’t hear. “Will you please speak up? You know I am hard of hearing” she [...]