Forward or Backward?

By Fr. Jeff | 03/08/2022

We are a full two years into the Coronavirus pandemic. Many of us have been worn out by the pandemic. We are tired of shutdowns, social distancing, and facemasks as well as the polarization over these. Presently, there is good…

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A Troubled World

By Fr. Jeff | 02/22/2022

One does not have to look far to see that we live in a troubled world. We have been dealing with the Coronavirus for two years now. Right now, the number of cases in the United States has dropped significantly…

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What Do We Want to be Different in 2022?

By Fr. Jeff | 01/04/2022

Last week I wrote an article about new year’s resolutions (“A New Beginning”). Today I will share some thoughts about what we might be looking forward to in 2022. I think the thing most obvious thing that we would all…

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The Resurgence of COVID

By Fr. Jeff | 08/24/2021

I have not written much on the Coronavirus in recent months (You can see past articles by clicking here). There are two reasons for this. The first is that I didn’t have anything new to say about it. The second…

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What’s in the News

By Fr. Jeff | 08/03/2021

One of the things I like to write about here is current events in the news. At times I have also considered starting a discussion group about current events. I believe it is important to reflect on what is going…

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Seven Days…

By Fr. Jeff | 06/21/2021

As I write this, I am just seven and a half days from moving from my current assignment as the Parochial Vicar at St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in western Livingston County to St. Mary’s of the Lake in Watkins…

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It Has Been a Year

By Fr. Jeff | 03/09/2021

In March of last year we began to feel locally the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus was known to be out there. Knowing it was coming, precautions were put in place. In church it began with the suspension…

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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 02/14/2021

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year BLeviticus 13:1-2, 44-46Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11 (7)1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1Mark 1:40-45February 14, 2021 The “leper came to Jesus.”  The very fact that the leper came to Jesus would be amazing to the people around Jesus. …

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“For I Know Well the Plans”

By Fr. Jeff | 01/26/2021

It is no secret that 2020 was a difficult year. A number of my blog articles in the last year reflect that. In particular, there were the articles, “2020: What a Year!” and “2020 is Over!”. Now, we try to…

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2020 is Over!

By Fr. Jeff | 01/01/2021

Today is January 1st. That means we begin a new year. It is now 2021! That means 2020 is over! 2020 is a year we might wish we could forget but probably never will. The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the…

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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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2020: What a Year!

By Fr. Jeff | 10/23/2020

Dear Lord, It has been a challenging year and we still have two months to go.  The challenges have come in various ways. Perhaps the one most obvious to all is the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Our greatest concern is for those…

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The Serenity Prayer

By Fr. Jeff | 10/20/2020

In the 1930’s, Reinhold Neibuhr (1892-1971) developed the Serenity Prayer. The first four lines have become well-known. God grant me the serenityto accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. It…

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Moving Forward

By Fr. Jeff | 10/12/2020

The first reading in yesterday’s (28th Sunday in Ordinary Time) Office of Readings in the Liturgy of the Hours led me to think about where we are at as a Church with regards to the number of people who practice…

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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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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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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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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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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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Coronavirus Check-in

By Fr. Jeff | 07/02/2020

After the Coronavirus first became present in the United States in March and April of this year, I posted some articles here about how we were responding in terms of our stress and adjustments in our lives. (For some of…

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Being Civilized in the Midst of Challenges

By Fr. Jeff | 06/23/2020

We face challenges in our world today.  Of course, there has been challenges as long as there has been people making bad choices with their free will.  There has also being illnesses that challenge us but do not know why…

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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 06/21/2020

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AJeremiah 20:10-13Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35 (14c)Romans 5:12-15Matthew 10:26-33June 21, 2020 “Jesus said to the Twelve, “Fear no one.” Fear can be a powerful thing.  Often, we might seek the approval of those who…

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How Often Should I Go?

By Fr. Jeff | 06/16/2020

Prior to the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) it was common for Catholics to go to Confession at least monthly if not every other week. Some even went weekly. For some it didn’t matter if they didn’t know of any mortal…

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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 06/14/2020

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year ADeuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16aPsalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20 (12)1 Corinthians 10:16-17John 6:51-58June 14, 2020 It has been a while since we have been able to gather together physically to celebrate Mass.  We have…

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