Category Archive: Fr. John’s Articles

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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April 9, 2017

PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION JMJ Food, Glorious Food. Do you remember that line? It was the title of a song from the musical called “Oliver!”, as  in Oliver Twist, the Charles Dickens novel. The song was sung by a bunch of street urchins in an orphanage in 19th century London. In a sense, …

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April 2, 2017

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT JMJ Everybody loves a good story. And there are some pretty good stories and storytellers out there. I suppose many of you have your favorite novelists who tell good tales. Sometimes their stories get made into movies. Last week Fr. Richard and I went to see Hidden Figures, the story of …

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March 26, 2017

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT JMJ Happy 4th Sunday of Lent. Laudete! Rejoice!  🎉 Spring   is in the air. It was official last Monday, the spring equinox,  and the Solemnity of St. Joseph. And last weekend was beautiful. It started with a beautiful snow ❄ covering but it was gone by the next day. On Sunday afternoon, a parishioner …

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March 19, 2017

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT JMJ Last week’s homily spoke of the earlier passage from Matthew 16 regarding Simon Peter’s great “confession of faith” and his election as the first pope. But what I did not mention was that part of that commissioning was the handing on of authority. This was given in a special way …

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March 12, 2017

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT JMJ Last Sunday at the 11:00 Mass, we introduced two women from our parish who have expressed a desire to come into the Catholic Church. One is a candidate, that is, a baptized person seeking full communion with the Church, and the other is a catechumen, an unbaptized person desiring to …

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March 5, 2017

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT JMJ We are now in the fourth season of the liturgical year. Lent has begun and we have hit the ground running. After the distribution of ashes last Wednesday, we have had the Stations of the Cross, with soup supper, and this weekend our Livingston County Vicariate, that is, our eight …

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February 12, 2017

SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ Throughout the New Testament we hear the ominous warning: “there will come a time……”. It referred to a time in the future with the implication that it will be a difficult and challenging time. A time of tribulation. Yes, I suppose every generation has thought that theirs was the one …

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February 5, 2017

FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ Earlier this week I spent a lot of time with the National Geographic Channel. I watched several back-to-back episodes of The Story of God. In this series, actor Morgan Freeman travels the world in a private jet, visiting holy places and interviewing individuals, addressing the question of the universal belief in God …

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