Category Archive: Fr. John’s Articles

June 25, 2017

12th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ I had a pretty good time last weekend. It was jam-packed with activity. On Saturday I was with our parish council who had a retreat day off in the woods by Domino’s Farms. It’s called “The Tar Paper Shack” and is a rustic gathering spot for either social, spiritual, …

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June 18, 2017

CORPUS CHRISTI JMJ It’s Corpus Christi Sunday and today we celebrate the great gift of God’s Real Presence among us; body, blood soul and divinity, within the consecrated bread and wine. For those of you who were not at the 11:00 Mass, and thus did not participate in the procession, the new route that I told …

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June 11, 2017

PENTECOST SUNDAY JMJ I attended Fr. Charlie’s anniversary party last Sunday and was very moved by all of the words that were spoken not only by him, but for him, and also for Fr. Jim Swiat and the late Fr. Larry Delaney, who were all ordained by John Cardinal Dearden 50 years ago. While I …

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June 4, 2017

PENTECOST JMJ Happy Birthday Universal Catholic Church and happy patronal feast day to us, at the church named after the Holy Spirit. I’m going to do something a little bit different today for this space…I thought I would defer to a much wiser and holier person than myself to share some thoughts on the third …

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May 28, 2017

SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD JMJ This month of May, dedicated to our Blessed Mother, is quickly winding down. We will conclude the month this Wednesday with the feast of the Visitation when Mary, after the annunciation of the angel, went to visit and care for her kinswoman, Elizabeth, who was now also …

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May 21, 2017

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER JMJ When I first came here about 10 years ago, I was approached by a gentleman who said he was a part of a group called Men of the Sacred Hearts. He said that their mission was the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in homes and in parishes. It …

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May 14, 2017

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER JMJ Anniversaries This week’s bulletin article was composed last Monday morning, on the road, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, home of the Brandywine River Museum. After a very busy Lent and Easter, I felt I was due for a little time off so I went to visit relatives and to go on …

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May 7, 2017

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER JMJ May promises to be a very busy month for us. We got off to a good start this past Monday with the celebration of Mass on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. The instruction of that day was that Pope Pius XII, in 1955, inaugurated that memorial to counter-balance …

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April 23, 2017

SUNDAY OF DIVINE MERCY JMJ Happy Divine Mercy Sunday! I believe that many Catholics still do not know very much about it, so let me provide the basics here. This new devotion came about through the collaboration of Pope John Paul II with Jesus and Sister Faustina, and a  number of others who have worked …

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April 16, 2017

EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD JMJ Happy Easter everyone! Today we celebrate the truth that Jesus rose from the dead. When he did that, he proved that all he had ever said was true. In rising, he also gave hope to all of us that this, our earthly existence, is not all …

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