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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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6th Sunday of Lent – Passion Sunday – Cycle C–2019

6th Sunday of Lent - Passion Sunday - Cycle C--2019 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 that I may hear; and I...

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5th Sunday of Lent – Cycle C—2019

5th Sunday of Lent - Cycle C--2019 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...

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4th Sunday of Lent, Cycle C—2019

4th Sunday of Lent, Cycle C--2019 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 evening of...

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3rd Sunday of Lent, Cycle C–2019

3rd Sunday of Lent, Cycle C--2019 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...

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Cycle C—2019

2nd Sunday of Lent, Cycle C--2019 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...

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1st Sunday of Lent, Cycle C–2019

1st Sunday of Lent, Cycle C--2019 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...

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8th Sunday of the Year, Cycle C–2019

8th Sunday of the Year, Cycle C--2019 FIRST READING  Sirach 27:4-7 When a sieve is shaken, the husks appear; so do one's faults when one speaks.  As the test of what the potter molds is in the furnace, so in tribulation is the test of the just.  The fruit of a tree...

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7th Sunday of the Year—Cycle C—2019

7th Sunday of the Year--Cycle C--2019 FIRST READING  1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 In those days, Saul went down to the desert of Ziph with three thousand picked men of Israel, to search for David in the desert of Ziph.  So David and Abishai went among Saul's...

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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time — Cycle C –2019

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time -- Cycle C --2019 FIRST READING  Jeremiah 17:5-8 Thus says the Lord:  Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the Lord.  He is like a barren bush in the desert that enjoys...

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5th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2019

5th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2019 FIRST READING  Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8 In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple.  Seraphim were stationed above.  They cried one to the other,...

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4th Sunday of Ordinary Time–Cycle C—2019

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time--Cycle C-- 2019 FIRST READING  Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 The word of the Lord came to me, saying:  Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.  But do you gird your...

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