Category Archive: Fr. John’s Articles

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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July 16, 2017

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ This past Friday was the feast day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint. A Mohawk/Algonquin Indian. I have a particular interest in her because I know the priest who was the vice-postulator of her cause for sainthood. Monsignor Paul Lenz went to school with my father …

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July 2, 2017

THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JMJ The inspiration for these bulletin articles can come from a number of different sources and as a result of some personal encounters as well. As you might imagine, many people come to me throughout the week with their concerns about life, and my challenge is to offer them some …

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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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