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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 08/30/2020

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AJeremiah 20:7-9Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 (2b)Romans 12:1-2Matthew 16:21-27August 30, 2020 Last week Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”. Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the…

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Seeking the Lord’s Help in Suffering

By Fr. Jeff | 08/28/2020

I recently read a book about Franciscan Spirituality relating to our care for the environment. I am not going to focus on that topic today but I mention the book (Care for Creation by Delio, Warner, and Word, Cincinnati: St.…

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How Well Do You Know God?

By Fr. Jeff | 08/25/2020

How Well Do You Know God? What does it even mean to know God? Is it a matter of how much we know about God? We need to learn about God but knowing God is not just a matter of…

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 08/23/2020

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AIsaiah 22:19-23Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8 (8bc)Romans 11:33-36Matthew 16:13-20August 23, 2020 Jesus asks the question, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  I pose a slightly different question, why do you…

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More Shootings, More Stress

By Fr. Jeff | 08/20/2020

It’s hard to know but it seems like I have heard of increasing numbers of acts of violence (mainly shootings). I currently serve in a parish about thirty minutes outside of Rochester, NY. Last weekend, Rochester had three separate shootings…

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How Do We Experience Church?

By Fr. Jeff | 08/18/2020

The question for this article is how do we experience Church? As we explore this question, please note that I capitalized the word “Church”. This is because, ultimately, it is a transcendent “Church” that we are called to belong to.…

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 08/16/2020

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AIsaiah 56:1, 6-7Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 (4)Romans 11:13-15, 29-32Matthew 15:21-28August 16, 2020 A Canaanite woman came to Jesus seeking help for her daughter who was “tormented by a demon.” Many people came to…

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Does God Change?

By Fr. Jeff | 08/13/2020

Does God change? God is eternal, without beginning or end. Does He ever change? I ask the question because recently I was asked about God’s vengeance. There is some tendency to see God in the Old Testament as a punishing…

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Threat and Opportunity

By Fr. Jeff | 08/10/2020

The Coronavirus shutdown our Masses for three months. It continues to impact attendance as people stay home to protect themselves. For those who do come in person, attendance hovers about 30-40% of normal. There are others who continue to watch…

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 08/09/2020

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13aPsalm 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14, (8)Romans 9:1-5Matthew 14:22-33August 9, 2020 After sending his disciples on their way, Jesus “went up on the mountain by himself to pray.”  There He encountered God…

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Praying for the Unemployed and Underemployed

By Fr. Jeff | 08/07/2020

Today, August 7th, has a couple of different options at Mass listed for saints. All are optional in the United States. The first option listed is for St. Sixtus II, Pope and Martyr and his companions. They were martyred for…

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What’s in the News

By Fr. Jeff | 08/06/2020

One of the things I like to write about here on my blog is current events in the news. I also desire to incorporate current events into my homilies. I think this is important because we need to show our…

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New Video on Vestments

By Fr. Jeff | 08/05/2020

Hello, Today I recorded a new 18 minute video on church vestments and liturgical colors. You can see the video at—vestments.html. I hope it aids you in the riches of our liturgy. I am looking forward to a series…

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We Face Difficult Times

By Fr. Jeff | 08/04/2020

As a church, as the people of God, we face difficult times. Right now, we are dealing with the Coronavirus. We are celebrating public Masses (with face masks and social distancing), albeit with smaller numbers as people stay home to…

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 08/02/2020

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AIsaiah 55:1-3Psalm 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-18 (16)Romans 8:35, 37-39Matthew 14:13-21August 2, 2020 All our readings today share the theme of being fed.  In the first reading, the Lord invites “all who are thirsty” to “come…

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