“The Lord God is My Help”

I am looking forward to my trip to Rome next week (September 22-30). I will be traveling with 20 parishioners, and meeting some parishioners in Rome – to celebrate the diaconate ordination of Ralph D’Elia. The last diaconate ordination I attended at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome was my own in 1996. The North American … Continued

A Bold and Courageous Model of Faith

The prophet Isaiah proclaimed – “Though I thought I toiled in vain, and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength, yet my reward is with the Lord, my recompense is with God.” (ref. Isaiah 49:1-6). Normally this feast day is not celebrated on a Sunday. This year, we have a special emphasis on the birthday of … Continued

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – It’s All One Family

Welcome as we gather on this beautiful Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. When we enter a Catholic Church and bless ourselves, and before we start our prayers, we begin with the sign of the cross (the sign of the Trinity). We make the sign of the cross on our body (mind, stomach, and shoulders). … Continued

The Ascension of the Lord – “You May Still Have Questions….”

  When Jesus ascended to heaven, I am sure the disciples still had many questions. Jesus told them that there was more to learn. Pentecost, which we celebrate next weekend, is when the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples. They began to speak in new languages, and they were filled with a new zeal … Continued

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

This weekend,  Bishop Parkes has chosen May 6th to consecrate our diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Be open to the graces that may come this week. We are have some re-sounding graces this weekend as we celebrate First Communion with our students who have been preparing for this sacrament. After a long preparation … Continued

God’s Call – Let us Love in Deed and Truth (1 John 3:18-24)

Last weekend during our youth group session, I was asked to share my vocation story. I discovered my call to the priesthood with the supportive prayers of many other individuals around me. I initially resisted the call to priesthood. Fortunately, I made the free choice to accept the gift of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. … Continued

“No Other Way – No Other Name”

The one way to peace, and the one way to salvation is through Jesus Christ. In the last line of our first reading today (Acts 4:12) we will hear “there is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be … Continued

40 Days Of Lent Prepare Us For The 50 Days Of Easter

Next Thursday, March 22nd, we will offer our Lenten Parish Penance Service at 7:00pm. That whole week (March 17-22) we will be working with our local parishes, offering the Sacrament of Confession. The schedule is listed below: Saturday—St. Mary @ 11am. Monday – Most Holy Redeemer @ 7:00pm. Tuesday – St. Paul Parish @ 7:00pm … Continued