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1st Sunday of Advent, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 11/29/2020

1st Sunday of Advent, Year BIsaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 (4)1 Corinthians 1:3-9Mark 13:33-37November 29, 2020 Our passage from Isaiah today comes from a time when the Babylonian Exile was ending and the Jews were returning to Jerusalem. …

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Thanksgiving Day Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 11/26/2020

Thanksgiving DaySirach 50:22-24Psalm 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-81 Corinthians 1:3-9Luke 17:11-19November 26, 2020 Today is our national day of Thanksgiving.  The custom of this holiday dates back to the first pilgrims in Massachusetts.  They were thankful that God had blessed them…

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Pray, Pay, and Obey

By Fr. Jeff | 11/24/2020

In the past, the understanding by many was that Catholics were supposed to “pray, pay, and obey” to be good Catholics. (A search on the Internet shows the order of the first two, pray and pay, are sometimes switched). The…

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 11/22/2020

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year AEzekiel 34:11-12, 15-17Psalm 23:1-2, 2-3, 5-6 (1)1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28Matthew 25:31-46November 22, 2020 Ezekiel opens today with the Lord assuring his people, “I myself will look after and tend my sheep.” …

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My Fourth and Final Article on “Fratelli Tutti”

By Fr. Jeff | 11/20/2020

I have finished my fourth and final article in my series, Our Relationships With Others, reflecting on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Fratelli Tutti.  As I complete this series, please note that the four articles do not cover the entirety of the…

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Uncovering the Treasures of the Mass Series

By Fr. Jeff | 11/19/2020

I just uploaded the video and slides from the third and final video in my series, Uncovering the Treasures of the Mass. You can view this third video at Peace, Fr. Jeff

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Our Story

By Fr. Jeff | 11/17/2020

In Matthew 28:19-20a, Jesus says to his disciples, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded…

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Seeking Real Dialogue

By Fr. Jeff | 11/16/2020

I just completed the third article, “Seeking Real Dialogue”, in my series, “Our Relationships With Others”. In the first two articles I took an instructive approach. In this third article, I continue to seek to help readers understand what Pope…

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Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

By Fr. Jeff | 11/15/2020

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AProverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 (1a)1 Thessalonians 5:1-6Matthew 25:14-30November 15, 2020 Proverbs speaks of the “worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls.”  She is praised for the good she does as…

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Second Article Reflecting on Pope Francis’ Encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti”

By Fr. Jeff | 11/12/2020

I just posted to my website the second article, “The Right to Private Property and Loving Our Neighbor” in my series, “Our Relationships With Others” reflecting on Pope Francis’ new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. I hope it is helpful for you.…

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Reflecting on Pope Francis’ new encyclical – “Fratelli Tutti”

By Fr. Jeff | 11/10/2020

I recently finished reading Pope Francis’ new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti On Fraternity and Social Friendship.  I read it in book form (Cottbus, Germany:  HijezGlobal Press. 2020).  You can also find it online on the Vatican website at I found…

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 11/08/2020

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AWisdom 6:12-16Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (2b)1 Thessalonians 4:13-18Matthew 25:1-13November 8, 2020 Everyone is looking for happiness.  We find lasting happiness, we find joy, when we find fulfillment.  What is it that fulfills us?…

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Can Failing to Do Something Be a Sin?

By Fr. Jeff | 11/05/2020

Earlier this week, I wrote an article, “Why Do We Choose to Sin”. Following that article, a person asked me to write about “sins of omission.” Most often, when we talk about sin, we talk about what we have done…

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Why Do We Choose to Sin?

By Fr. Jeff | 11/03/2020

When we confess our sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we receive a penance, and say an “Act of Contrition.” As part of the “Act of Contrition,” we firmly resolve to sin no more. Yet, our struggle with sin often…

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The Solemnity of All Saints – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 11/01/2020

The Solemnity of All SaintsRevelation 7:2-4, 9-14Psalm 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (6)1 John 3:1-3Matthew 5:1-12aNovember 1, 2020 We gather today for Sunday Mass.  Normally we would be celebrating the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time today.  However, today is different.  It is…

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