Category Archive: Fr. John’s Articles

September 24, 2017

JMJ This Friday is the feast day of the Holy Archangels. Although there are many angelic traditions coming from many different faiths throughout history, we will limit our comments to our own Catholic tradition. It comes from Scripture, both Old and New Testament, and is supplemented by various angel stories that have come down to …

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September 17, 2017

JMJ I hope some of you were able to join us for The Knights of Columbus Breakfast this Sunday morning. We Knights are an organization of Catholic men, along with the support of their families, who are social, patriotic, and service oriented. It’s an international organization that was founded in the 19th century by an American priest, Fr.  …

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September 10, 2017

TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ With Labor Day come and gone, summer is unofficially over. Family vacations are complete, the kids are back in school, and we look forward to this final stretch of Ordinary Time leading up to Advent. This will be a pretty busy month for celebrating feast days of Mary and …

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September 3, 2017

TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ The verses in the box below reportedly were written on the wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta, India, and are widely attributed to her. People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be …

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August 27, 2017

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ Because I wanted to ‘sermonize’ about something other than the readings today, I thought that I would say something about them here. Actually, the Matthew 16 passage is one of my favorites. It talks about the apostle/fisherman, Simon, son of John, as our first pope. The way the scene …

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August 20, 2017

TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ This year, from May to October, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. The Blessed Mother asked the three shepherd children to always come on the 13th of the month where she would appear to them above a small oak tree at …

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August 13, 2017

JMJ Sometimes I think I spend more time channel surfing than actually watching full TV shows. Maybe it has to do with the dearth of good programming these days. But in any case, sometimes I stumble upon something that is very interesting. Take, for instance, last Sunday evening. I caught a little bit of the …

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August 6, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF DEACON GERALD BRENNAN Traditionally, we especially honor God the Father on the first Sunday of August. Sometimes I think we parents have a particular burden because our children, the next generation, in some way shape or form sees the Father through our parenting skills and weaknesses. In past homilies, I have …

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July 30, 2017

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ A special welcome today to Fr. Nduka Uzor who has come from Houston for a mission appeal for his order, the Missionary Society of St. Paul based in Nigeria. A few weeks ago, Julie Carrick visited our parish to do a two-day mission. It had a Marian flavor, connecting …

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July 23, 2017

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ I’d like to give you a homework assignment in anticipation of a homily that’s coming up on the weekend of August 5/6. When I first came here ten years ago, I was approached by a very devout man who wanted to inform me about a devotion that he thought …

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