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Why Do You Go to Church

By Fr. Jeff | 05/21/2024

If you are a regular reader of my blog, I would think you probably are a regular churchgoer.  If so, you can use this article to reflect on why you find value in going to church.  This can help keep…

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Pentecost, Year B – Works of the Flesh, Fruits of the Spirit

By Fr. Jeff | 05/19/2024

In today’s gospel (second option), Jesus speaks of the Advocate whom He will send to us from the Father.  This advocate is “the Spirit of Truth that proceeds from the Father.”  The Advocate of whom Jesus speaks is the Holy…

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The Hidden Depths of the Mass #41

By Fr. Jeff | 05/16/2024

Recessional, Hymn, and Other Prayers Then the altar servers, lector, and clergy recess out as we sing a hymn.  We began with a procession that symbolized all of us entering in.  We end with the recessional symbolizing all of us…

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Is It a Good Thing?

By Fr. Jeff | 05/14/2024

Today I would like to try something a little different.  I would like to examine the morality of something emerging in today’s technology.  I begin by proposing a question to you.  Do you want to grow in your faith? I…

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7th Sunday of Easter Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 05/12/2024

7th Sunday of Easter Year BActs 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20 (19a)1 John 4:11-16John 17:11b-19May 12, 2024 Throughout the season of Easter our first reading at Mass comes from the Acts of the Apostles.  Acts tells us the story…

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The Purpose of a Parish

By Fr. Jeff | 05/10/2024

Here is an article in PDF format that I recently composed (with proofreading and editorial assistance from some friends.). The topic is what is the purpose of a parish.

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The Hidden Depths of the Mass #40

By Fr. Jeff | 05/09/2024

The “Last” Prayer After Communion, we stand as the priest offers the Prayer After Communion.  There was a period of time when this prayer was mistakenly called the Closing Prayer.  This is understandable since it is the last prayer said…

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I Don’t Understand

By Fr. Jeff | 05/07/2024

I don’t understand…I don’t understand so much of what goes on in the world today. I don’t understand the current protests occurring on college campuses in the United States.  I believe in the right of people to protest.  However, I…

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6th Sunday of Easter, Year B

By Fr. Jeff | 05/05/2024

Love can change the world for the better.  Hate can’t do that.  Why? “Because love is of God.” Jesus does not want us to be his slaves.  He says so himself, “I no longer call you slaves.”  Instead He calls…

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The Hidden Depths of the Mass #39

By Fr. Jeff | 05/01/2024

Standing or Kneeling Prior to the Second Vatican Council, the normal practice was to receive Communion kneeling at the Communion rail.  Now the official practice in the United States is to receive standing.  Timothy P. O’Malley writes, “We stand and…

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The Infinite Dignity of Human Beings, Part II

By Fr. Jeff | 04/30/2024

Last week I wrote Part I of this two-part series examining the new Declaration released by the Vatican Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Dignitas Infinita”.  This declaration discusses the topic human dignity, its source, types of dignity, and…

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5th Sunday of Easter Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 04/28/2024

5th Sunday of Easter, Year BActs 9:26-31Psalm 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32 (26a)1 John 3:18-24John 15:1-8April 28, 2024 We read in Acts, “The church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace.  It was being built up and walked in…

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The Hidden Depths of the Mass #38

By Fr. Jeff | 04/25/2024

On the Hand or the Tongue? Many of us grew up when the only acceptable way to receive the Body of Christ was on the tongue.  Now, we are allowed to receive on the hand.  Receiving on the hand was…

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The Infinite Dignity of Human Beings Part I

By Fr. Jeff | 04/23/2024

I have just completed the first of two articles on what “Dignitas Infinita” offers us. Part I makes frequent use of quotes. So, I am posting it in PDF formatting so that you can identify the quotes in block. It…

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4th Sunday of Easter, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 04/21/2024

We celebrate the 4th Sunday of Easter today.  The gospel reading on the 4th Sunday of Easter always come from Jesus’ Good Shepherd discourse in chapter 10 of the Gospel of John.   We also celebrate it as the World Day…

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The Hidden Depths of the Mass #37

By Fr. Jeff | 04/18/2024

There’s No Cup For several centuries, the Precious Blood was not offered to the laity.  This was not meant to be an act of exclusion.  It was out of reverence for the physical handling of the Precious Blood.  In 1984,…

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On the Brink of War

By Fr. Jeff | 04/16/2024

On Saturday I found myself wondering how close we were to seeing full scale war in the Middle East.  Beginning last fall I have been writing articles on the application of Just War Theory on the conflict between Israel and…

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3rd Sunday of Easter Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 04/14/2024

3rd Sunday of Easter, Year BActs 3:13-15, 17-19Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9 (7a)1 John 2:1-5aLuke 24:35-48April 14, 2024 Peter spoke to the Jews who had heard that he has healed a crippled beggar.  He said to them, “the God of…

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The Hidden Depths of the Mass #36

By Fr. Jeff | 04/11/2024

Why Can’t Non-Catholics Receive Communion? To understand this practice, we must understand what it means to receive Communion.  It is not just bread.  It is truly Jesus we receive.  We call it “Communion” because we believe that receiving it means…

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Theory and Application in a Complex World

By Fr. Jeff | 04/09/2024

In addition to my writing for this blog regularly, I also write a weekly email blast geared to the parishes I serve in its specifics (yet applicable to all in its general content.  You can see last’s week’s email blast…

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2nd Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday

By Fr. Jeff | 04/07/2024

Today I would like to take a look at how our readings on this Divine Mercy Sunday contrast to the way the world looks at life.  Our reading from the Acts of the Apostles speaks of how the early church…

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The Hidden Depths of the Mass #35

By Fr. Jeff | 04/04/2024

Mortal Sin and Receiving Communion Why does the Catholic Church say that those who are in a state of mortal sin are not to receive Communion?  This is rooted in the Bible.  In 1 Corinthians 11:27-29, Paul speaks of unworthy…

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Jesus Died for You

By Fr. Jeff | 04/02/2024

We just celebrated our Easter Triduum.  The Triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper where Jesus instituted the Eucharist and the Priesthood.  It continues with the celebration of our Lord Jesus Christ’s death.  Yes, we celebrate his death. …

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Easter Sunday, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 03/31/2024

Easter SundayActs 10:34a, 37-43Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 (24)Colossians 3:1-4John 20:1-9March 31, 2024 It fills my heart with joy to see the crowds at Mass on Easter.  What makes today special?  What draws people here? Hope! Hope in what? The tomb…

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Easter Vigil – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 03/30/2024

Easter Vigil Year AGenesis 1:1-2:2Genesis 22:1-18Exodus 14:15-15:1Isaiah 55:1-11Romans 6:3-11Mark 16:1-7March 30, 2024 Tonight’s liturgy is the highest liturgy of the year.  To understand the meaning of tonight’s liturgy, we must understand the symbols and rituals of this most solemn liturgy.…

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