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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14; First Letter to Timothy 1:12-17;                                                      Gospel According to Luke 15:1-32 The story is told of a catechism class studying the Parable the Prodigal Son. After emphasizing...

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Wisdom 9:13-18; Letter of Saint Paul to Philemon 9-17;                                    Gospel According to Saint Luke 14:25-33 The first words we hear from Jesus in this Sunday’s Gospel passage might almost startle us. They were spoken...

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Letter to the Hebrews 1218-19, 22-24; Gospel According to Saint Luke 14:1, 7 – 14 All three Mass readings from the Bible this Sunday are gems of wisdom and joy for those who take them to heart and strive to put...

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Twenty-first Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year C, August 25, 2019

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Isaiah 66:18-21; Letter to the Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13; Gospel According to Saint Luke 13:22-30 This Sunday in Ordinary Time directs our attention to God’s intention for the salvation of the human race in Jesus Christ. Expressed...

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

As an infant of forty days, Jesus was presented in the Jerusalem Temple, where the elderly prophet Simeon said to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, that her child was “set for the fall and rising of many in Israel,’ and as a sign that would be spoken against,” (see Luke...

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23; Letter to the Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11; Gospel According to Saint Luke 12:13-21 This Sunday’s Scripture readings provide us with another opportunity to reflect on the fact that “you can’t take it with you,” when one...

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16th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2019

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2019 FIRST READING  Genesis 18:1-10a The LORD appeared to Abraham by the terebinth of Mamre, as he sat in the entrance of his tent, while the day was growing hot.  Looking up, Abraham saw three men standing nearby.  When he saw...

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15th Sunday of Ordinary Time—Cycle C—2019

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time--Cycle C--2019 FIRST READING  Deuteronomy 30:10-14 Moses said to the people:  "If only you would heed the voice of the LORD, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law, when you return to the...

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14th Sunday of Ordinary Time–Cycle C–2019

14th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2019 FIRST READING  Isaiah 66:10-14c Thus says the LORD:  Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her, all you who love her; exult, exult with her, all you who were mourning over her!  Oh, that you may suck fully of the milk...

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Thirteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: First Book of Kings 19:16-21; Saint Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 5:1, 13-18; Gospel According to Saint Luke 9:51-62 Whether young or old, poor or rich, people normally wish to be treated with respect and fairness. Jesus encountered a lack of...

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Solemnity of Saint John the Baptist

Every year on June 24th the Church remembers in a special way the birth of the great prophet, John the Baptist. This is also the day of our yearly recalling the beginning of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, on June 24th, 1964. On that day our three founders,...

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Scripture Readings: Book of Proverbs 8:22-31; Letter to the Romans 5:1-5; Gospel According to Saint John 16:12-15 Each year on the Sunday following Pentecost, the Church celebrates the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, our belief that God is One and yet Three Persons:...

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Pentecost Sunday

Readings: Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13; John 20:19-23 The Solemnity of Pentecost is a splendid reminder of the universality of the love God has for us. At Pentecost, fifty days after Easter, the Church celebrates the powerful presence of God...

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Reflection for Ascension Thursday

What does it matter for us today that Jesus ascended into heaven?  While we hear it in both the first reading and gospel today, we also confess it every Sunday and Solemnity in the Creed: “He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.”  This...

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Reflection for Divine Mercy Sunday

On April 30, 2000, Pope St. John Paul II designated the second Sunday after Easter to be a celebration of Divine Mercy.  Why this day?  This is the day which the Church proclaims that Jesus, “the first and the last,” whom we put to death by our sins, comes through our...

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Homily for Easter Sunday Day Mass — Cycle C—2019

Homily for Easter Sunday Day Mass -- Cycle C--2019 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 anointed Jesus of...

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EASTER VIGIL MASS—CYCLE C—2019

EASTER VIGIL MASS--CYCLE C--2019 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, "Let there be...

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Good Friday 2019

Good Friday 2019 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 shall...

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Holy Thursday 2019

Holy Thursday 2019 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 tenth of...

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