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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time B

Once upon a time there was a man who owned a lumber business. He advertised in the local newspaper that he was hiring new men to cut...

Love at First Sight

Both readings today from the Book of Genesis and Matthew's gospel tell a story about love at first sight. In Genesis, Rebekah sees Isaac...

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

I recently read this wonderful story from the National Catholic Reporter called “’Please . . . forgive us’: the story of my return to the...

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time B

There once was a Scottish sea captain who skippered a boat taking tourists to the Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland. The sea...

11th Sunday in Ordinary time

There was an old man who lived by a forest. As he grew older and older, he started losing his hair, until one day, on his deathbed, he...

Corpus Christi

As most of you know Bishop LaValley has lifted the dispensation from the obligation to attend mass this weekend. That means that after...

Pentecost Sunday 2021

More than a century ago, a great sailing ship was stranded off the coast of South America. Day after day the ship lay there in the still...

Seventh Sunday of Easter 2021

Did you pay attention to what was going on in the first reading today? If you weren’t then you missed an event that still is practiced...

Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle

As the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles illustrates today, the 11 apostles had to choose between two really good men to...

Wednesday of the 6th Week of Easter

In today's first reading from Acts 17:15, 22-18:1 St. Paul gives his famous speech in Athens calling the people to abandon their worship...

6th Sunday of Easter

Phil Keith is the Police Chief in Knoxville, Tennessee. One night in the middle of a city council meeting his pager goes off. He was...

Easter Sunday

Every year we probably hear the Easter story a little differently. Where we are on own journeys to Jerusalem and Calvary affects what we...

Good Friday

We began Holy Week on Palm Sunday reading the Passion according to St. Mark. We hear the story again this time from St. John’s...

Holy Thursday

Last week a woman named Lillian called me with a request that is becoming common lately. “Father,” she said, “I’m 90 years and I have...

Palm Sunday

We have just heard the climax of the Greatest Story Ever Told. We hear it every Palm Sunday – and we will hear it again on Good Friday....

Fifth Sunday of Lent

This week as I was driving to Burlington I saw my favorite sign of Spring! I’m not talking about a robin or a crocus popping up from the...

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Years ago, the novelist William Styron took a courageous step, and described his battle with depression in a book called “Darkness...

Third Sunday of Lent

Jesus was sad and that grief led to anger. The Temple in Jerusalem (the center of not only worship but of life itself) had been turned...

Second Sunday of Lent

I have a good friend who is a high school teacher. Last year she had a class of students who were one of the most difficult that she ever...

Chair of St. Peter, Apostle

Today we honor St. Peter who was chosen by Jesus to be the head of the apostles because he was the first to recognize Jesus as the Son of...

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