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Corpus Christi-Cycle C-2016

Corpus Christi-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING        Genesis 14:18-20 In those days, Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine, and being a priest of God Most High, he blessed Abram with these words:  “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, the creator of... read more

Trinity Sunday—Cycle C—2016

Trinity Sunday—Cycle C—2016 FIRST READING            Proverbs 8:22-31 Thus says the wisdom of God:  “The LORD possessed me, the beginning of his ways, the forerunner of his prodigies of long ago; from of old I was poured forth, at the first, before the earth.... read more

Pentecost Sunday-Cycle C-2016

Pentecost Sunday-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING        Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.  And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in... read more

7th Sunday of Easter-Cycle C-2016

7th Sunday of Easter-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING        Acts of the Apostles 7:55-60 Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and Stephen said, “Behold, I see the heavens... read more

Ascension Thursday-Cycle C-2016

Ascension Thursday-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11 In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had... read more

6th Sunday of Easter-Cycle C-2016

6th Sunday of Easter-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 15:1-2, 22-29 Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice, you cannot be saved.”  Because there arose no... read more

5th Sunday of Easter-Cycle C-2016

5th Sunday of Easter-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 14:21-27 After Paul and Barnabas had proclaimed the good news to that city and made a considerable number of disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.  They... read more

4th Sunday of Easter-Cycle C-2016

4th Sunday of Easter-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 13:14, 43-52 Paul and Barnabas continued on from Perga and reached Antioch in Pisidia.  On the sabbath they entered the synagogue and took their seats.  Many Jews and worshipers who were... read more

3rd Sunday of Easter-Cycle C-2016

3rd Sunday of Easter-Cycle C-2016 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 5:27-32, 40b-41 When the captain and the court officers had brought the apostles in and made them stand before the Sanhedrin, the high priest questioned them, “We gave you strict orders,... read more

Homily for the Second Sunday of Easter — Cycle C–2013 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 5:12-16 Many signs and wonders were done among the people at the hands of the apostles.  They were all together in Solomon’s portico.  None of the others... read more

Homily for Easter Sunday Day Mass — Cycle C—2016

Homily for Easter Sunday Day Mass — Cycle C—2016 FIRST READING            Acts of the Apostles 10:34a, 37-43 Peter proceeded to speak and said:  “You know what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached; how God... read more

Easter Vigil Mass—Cycle C—2016

EASTER VIGIL MASS—CYCLE C—2016 FIRST READING                  Genesis 1:1—2:2 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters.  Then God said,... read more

Good Friday 2016

Good Friday 2016 FIRST READING            Isaiah 52:13-53:12 See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.  Even as many were amazed at him—so marred was his look beyond human semblance and his appearance beyond that of the sons of man—so... read more

Holy Thursday 2016

Holy Thursday 2016 FIRST READING            Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall stand at the head of your calendar; you shall reckon it the first month of the year.  Tell the whole community of Israel:  On the... read more

6th Sunday of Lent – Passion Sunday – Cycle C–2016

6th Sunday of Lent – Passion Sunday – Cycle C–2016 FIRST READING            Isaiah 50:4-7 The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.  Morning after morning he opens my ear... read more

5th Sunday of Lent – Cycle C—2016

FIRST READING            Isaiah 43:16-21 Thus says the Lord, who opens a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters, who leads out chariots and horsemen, a powerful army, till they lie prostrate together, never to rise, snuffed out and quenched like a wick. ... read more

4th Sunday of Lent, Cycle C—2016

4th Sunday of Lent, Cycle C—2016 FIRST READING            Joshua 5:9a, 10-12 The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have removed the reproach of Egypt from you.”  While the Israelites were encamped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, they celebrated the Passover on the... read more

3rd Sunday of Lent, Cycle C–2016

FIRST READING            Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15 Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian.  Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb, the mountain of God.  There an angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in fire flaming out... read more

2nd Sunday of Lent, Cycle C—2016

FIRST READING                 Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 The Lord God took Abram outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.  Just so,” he added, “shall your descendants be.”  Abram put his faith in the Lord, who credited it to him as an act of... read more

1st Sunday of Lent, Cycle C–2016

FIRST READING                 Deuteronomy 26:4-10 Moses spoke to the people, saying:  “The priest shall receive the basket from you and shall set it in front of the altar of the Lord, your God.  Then you shall declare before the Lord, your God, ‘My father was a... read more

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