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Feast of the Holy Family

By Fr. Jeff | 12/31/2023

Christmas is our celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thus, it is too important to celebrate with a single day. As Catholics, we celebrate Christmas as a season that begins on Christmas day and continues until we…

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The Hidden Depths of the Mass #21

By Fr. Jeff | 12/28/2023

The Liturgy of the Eucharist – “My Sacrifice and Yours” As we transition from the offertory to the Eucharistic Prayer, the priest says, “Pray my brothers and sisters,, that my sacrifice and yours, may be acceptable to God, the almighty…

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Christmas Homily 2023

By Fr. Jeff | 12/23/2023

The Nativity of the Lord (Mass During the Night)Isaiah 9:1-6Titus 2:11-14Luke 2:1-14December 25, 2023 We come today to celebrate something very special and we do so with “abundant joy and great rejoicing.”  We come into church from a world with…

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Making a Home for Jesus

By Fr. Jeff | 12/22/2023

We are about to start a very busy weekend in the Church. This Sunday (December 24th) is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Then Christmas arrives on Monday. That means there will be the normal Sunday Masses. Then, at 4 pm…

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The Hidden Depths of the Mass #20

By Fr. Jeff | 12/20/2023

The Liturgy of the Eucharist – The Offertory Part 3 When the gifts of bread and wine have been placed on the altar, water is used twice.  The first is as the priest or deacon pours wine into the chalice…

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Why the Genealogy of Jesus is Important

By Fr. Jeff | 12/19/2023

As we approach Christmas, there are specific readings for daily Masses on the final eight days before Christmas. The gospel readings focus on the events just before the birth of Jesus including the announcements of the pending births of John…

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Gaudete Sunday! 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year B

By Fr. Jeff | 12/16/2023

In our present season of Advent, we are called to reflect on our readiness for the Second Coming of Jesus. This means we need to make a thorough examination of conscience. The color violent is a color that symbolizes penance…

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The Hidden Depths of the Mass #19

By Fr. Jeff | 12/14/2023

The Liturgy of the Eucharist – The Offertory Part 2 After the gifts of bread and wine have been brought to the altar, the priest holds up first the bread and then the wine and says (silently if music is…

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Understanding Antisemitism

By Fr. Jeff | 12/12/2023

Antisemitism has been a problem for a long time.  It is hostility and/or prejudice against Jews.  With the present fighting between Israel and Hamas, the news reports that antisemitism is rising across the world.  The increase is likely a reaction…

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2nd Sunday of Advent, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 12/09/2023

2nd Sunday of Advent, Year BIsaiah 40:1-5, 9-11Psalm 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14 (8)2 Peter 3:8-14Mark 1:1-8 December 10, 2023 Isaiah the prophet speaks of a voice that cries out.  Today’s gospel speaks of a voice crying out in the desert. Isaiah…

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The Immaculate Conception of Mary

By Fr. Jeff | 12/08/2023

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. You will not find a story of the Immaculate Conception of Mary in the Bible. The Bible does not tell us much about Mary. What…

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Video for Part 3 of “Made for Discipleship” Series.

By Fr. Jeff | 12/08/2023

Yesterday I completed my series, Made for Discipleship. My website is presently undergoing an overhaul, leaving me unable to update it for a few days. So, here is a link to watch the video recording of yesterday’s webinar on my…

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The Hidden Depths of the Mass #18

By Fr. Jeff | 12/06/2023

The Liturgy of the Eucharist – The Offertory The first part of the Liturgy of the Eucharist is the Offertory.  At a Sunday Mass, two things happen concurrently while the offertory hymn is song.  The altar is set and a…

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Are You Too Busy to…

By Fr. Jeff | 12/05/2023

If you hear a homily that speaks about spending more time in prayer, do you immediately dismiss it because you are too busy? If you read in the bulletin that your parish is looking for more volunteers, do you immediately…

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First Sunday of Advent, Year B

By Fr. Jeff | 12/02/2023

Defeated by their enemies, their nation and temple destroyed, many scattered in exile, the Israelites cry out to God, “Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways, and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?”…

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