Sunday, June 16, 2019

Trinity And Fathers Day

Today is Father’s Day, when we celebrate our fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, those who act as fathers to those who need a father.  Today also is when we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.  And we begin with the first reading from Proverbs that is entitled “The discourse of Wisdom.”

What’s missing from the passage that was read is an important pronoun. Not read was: “Does not wisdom call…and raise her voice...For Wisdom is better than corals, and no choice possession can compare with her.”  Wisdom was considered to be a woman.  Now that was a wise decision.

Wisdom is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and according to our second reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans, the Holy Spirit is the love of God poured out into our hearts.  In other words, when we love, our hearts fill, and we become wise. Wisdom and love hold the Trinity together.  It’s the glue binding the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in a close, loving relationship.

The Most Holy Trinity, Deacon David Pierce

June 16 2019 The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Readings for today's Homily 

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

SAVE THE DATE!!!

Our Speakers Series will begin on July 18 at 7:00 PM ~ "Who Are the Strangers We Must Welcome", presented by Erin McDonald C.S.J. and Thursday , August 15th, 2019, at 7:00 - 8:30 PM, "Breaking the Chains: Discerning our Distractions, Attachments and Addictions which Keep Us From An Intimacy with God" presented by Keaton Douglas. Keaton will also give another talk, Saturday, August 17th, 9:00 - 11:00 AM "Addiction: A True Spiritual Malady". ALL ARE WELCOME!

























Sunday, May 19, 2019

Heaven And Hardships

The story is told that a man died and went to Heaven.  He was met at the pearly gates by the apostle Peter who led him down the golden streets. They went past mansions after beautiful mansions until they came to the end of the street where they stopped in front of a shack.

Peter said to the man, “Here’s your new heavenly home.” The man asked Peter why he got a hut when there were so many mansions in which he could live.  Peter replied, “I did the best I could with the money you sent us.”

On this 5th Sunday of Easter we talk about the kingdom of heaven – the kingdom of God – and we talk about hardship such as those caused by lack of money for food and for paying our many bills especially housing and medical.  Most of us face these hardships that are especially “hard” for the poor and disadvantaged to endure.  Consider that most of the people who have ever lived on this planet have been oppressed and poor. That was certainly the case during the time Jesus lived. Jesus called them the “little children” who he wanted to come to him.

The Real Meaning of Love - Deacon Frank Fantasia

May 19, 2019, Fifth Sunday of Easter

Readings for today's Homily 

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Holy Thursday's Clean Feet

Tonight at this evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper we hear of blood – our source of life. When we shed blood, we weaken and risk death when that bleeding is severe.  Blood courses through our veins and arteries and through our hearts bringing oxygen to our brains where our minds are located – likely even our souls. 

In Exodus we’re told lamb’s blood protected the firstborn of the Jews from the LORD who struck down the first born of the Egyptians as judgment on all the gods of Egypt.  This story very well might have been the very early biblical writer’s way of condemning sacrifices of children and shifting to animals – such as lambs – for those sacrifices to the gods.  That makes sense; otherwise, this Exodus depiction of the God of Israel – our God – would make God punishing and cruel siding with one nation over another.  That is not true even though many people believe it to be so, even today and in the United States.  That belief can and has led to horrific spilling of blood throughout our world’s history – nation against nation.

In first Corinthians we shift from spilling blood to drinking blood.  According to Paul, after supper Jesus said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."  Our psalm then sings: “It is our blessing cup – a communion with the blood of Christ.”

Monday, April 1, 2019

Search And Rescue

Children's Homily for Sunday March 31

Have any of you ever seen a paper like this posted in your neighborhood? [Lost pet with reward offered]  On a pole, on a house?  Why do people put these notices up?

When someone loses a pet they really love, it is almost like losing a member of the family.  The pet’s owner will search for that lost pet day after day until they find their pet again.   Sometimes they even offer a reward.

We feel sorry for any family that has lost a pet.  If we see a sign like this, we keep our eyes open for a pet that looks like that.   It would feel wonderful to be able to bring a lost pet back to its family again, wouldn’t it?

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019

The Truth

Unfortunately, the truth nowadays does seem wishy-washy as competing political sides spin their own versions of the truth.  This Peanuts cartoon tells us not to be wishy-washy.  It reminds us to determine the truth through a fair and proper evaluation of both sides' positions.

It's not easy, but perhaps with Jesus' core teachings to guide us, we can find that truth and then live by it - love, compassion, justice, and understanding with there being no room for hate and division.

Deacon David Pierce