Saturday, May 19, 2018

Fire Of Burning Love

We begin with the lyrics from a famous song that have special meaning for today’s celebration of Pentecost.

Lord Almighty
I feel my temperature rising
Higher, higher
It's burning through to my soul

Girl, you gonna set me on fire
My brain is flaming
And I don't know which way to go,

Your kisses lift me higher
Like the sweet song of a choir
And you light my morning sky
With burning love

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Wipe Away Sins


The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once said: “The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.”
Abraham Lincoln said: “To sin by silence when they should protest, makes cowards of men.”
Mark Twain said: “We are all like the moon. We all have a dark side we want no one else to see.”

Pope Francis said, “It is a mortal sin to discard the elderly.”  He also said, “We are all sinners, but God heals us with an abundance of grace, mercy , and tenderness.”

Sin + Mercy ~ Deacon David Pierce

April 15, 2018 Third Sunday of Easter

Readings for today's Homily 

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

EASTER SUNDAY

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Easter Vigil

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Good Friday

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Holy Thursday

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Holy Week/Triduum/Easter Schedule













One Liturgy which unfolds in Stages:  Our Annual observance of the Sacred or Paschal Triduum takes place over three liturgical days reckoned from sunset to sunset beginning on Holy Thursday evening and ending on the evening of Easter Sunday.  This is the shortest but holiest season of the entire Church year as we move from supper table to trial and crucifixion, to tomb, and to empty tomb in what is one liturgy of prayerful remembering and thanksgiving which the faithful are invited to engage in whether gathered at church with the whole community of faith or while in their homes. The church envisions this as an annual retreat of sorts as we refrain from all unnecessary activities in order to focus primarily on the passion, death and resurrection of Christ by which we have been saved from final death.  So in between gathering at Church for the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, or the Service of the Passion, or the Vigil of Easter or the celebrations of Morning Prayer we are meant to be in contemplation and prayer during this time.  After breaking the Lenten Fast prior to the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper we are invited to enter into the Paschal Fast which begins\after that Mass and which unlike the penitential fast of 40 days is rather an anticipatory fast before the feasting of 50 days that can officially begin at the conclusion of the Vigil of Easter. 

Holy Thursday Collection:  On Holy Thursday evening as Lent officially ends and the Paschal Triduum begins we bring the fruits of our Lenten sacrifice and self-denial in the form of cash, checks, and/or non-perishable food items to church to be collected for the good of those in need.  This then is the concrete way in which our Lenten fasting leads to almsgiving because  the money we have saved by not spending it on ourselves and our own enjoyment  is collected for the benefit of the needy in our local community through  the St. Vincent de Paul Society, or in the wider world through Catholic Relief Services and for our special  parish project this year- the building of basic homes for the people of El Tablon Guatemala .  Unspecified cash and check donations will be divided equally among the three causes; those who wish to specify one or the other charity may note that on the subject line of their check which should be made out to the parish or on the front of any envelope containing cash.  If we come to the end of  Lent and realize that we  have not really sacrificed as we might have - then we should identify some pleasures that we have allowed ourselves - meal s out;    beauty parlor appointments or a spa day;   a pizza ,movie and an ice cream; a good bottle of  Scotch or a fine bottle of wine;  a daily coffee and donut, etc. and donate the average cost of that indulgence for as many times as we might have enjoyed it during Lent.   In this way our charity will truly cover a multitude of sins as others in need are all the more greatly blessed.