Angels: Good and Bad

By Fr. Jeff | 02/28/2023

Angels are a common part of our faith but how much do we really know about them? Our belief in angels is rooted in the Bible. According to a search on, the word “angel” appears in the New American…

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All Saints Day – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 11/01/2022

All Saints DayRevelation 7:2-4, 9-14Psalm 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (see 6)1 John 3:1-3Matthew 5:1-12aNovember 1, 2022 There are numerous people who have been canonized as saints in our Catholic Church.  Each of them has their own feastday.  For example. St. John…

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Some Saints to Consider

By Fr. Jeff | 10/25/2022

While I was on retreat last week two things happened that led me to think about some of the saints who inspire me. The first was that we celebrated the feastdays of some of them. Secondly, as I was reading…

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How Are Saints Made?

By Fr. Jeff | 07/26/2022

I was recently asked to write about how saints are made in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church has a formal process for recognizing saints. Please notice that I said “recognizing saints,” not “making saints.” Why the distinction? Because the…

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St. Nicholas and the True Spirit of Christmas

By Fr. Jeff | 12/06/2021

Today, December 6th, is the Optional Memorial of St. Nicholas. We don’t know much about him. During our present season of Advent, the memorial of saints aren’t given as much attention. However, this year I feel inspired to use what…

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Praying the Litany of St. Joseph

By Fr. Jeff | 10/01/2021

In my last blog article, “In Struggles We Find Hope,” I reflected on my recent reading of St. Joseph and His World by Mike Aquilina (New York: Scepter Publishers. 2020). Continuing on the theme of the Year of St. Joseph called for…

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In Struggles We Find Hope

By Fr. Jeff | 09/28/2021

I recently read St. Joseph and His World by Mike Aquilina (New York: Scepter Publishers. 2020). I purchased this to read with the Year of St. Joseph called for by Pope Francis (Dec. 2020-December 2021) in mind. As indicated by…

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Three Saints to Aid Us

By Fr. Jeff | 05/20/2021

Last night I offered another webinar, Three Saints to Aid Us, covering St. Michael the Archangel, St. John Fisher, and St. Thomas More. The video recording of the webinar and slides are available on my website at I will…

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Solemnity of St. Joseph – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 03/19/2021

Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary1 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24aMarch 19, 2021 Today we celebrate this Solemnity of St. Joseph.  I emphasize “solemnity” because it…

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Three North American Saints

By Fr. Jeff | 01/05/2021

Often when we celebrate the memorials of saints it is a person who lived centuries ago and/or in Europe or Asia. This week we break this pattern with three consecutive days venerating North American saints who lived in the last…

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By Fr. Jeff | 12/18/2020

As we draw near to Christmas, we hear from the Bible of the role that angels played in the birth of Jesus. This Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B) we hear the story of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38), when…

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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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Reflecting on the Prayer of St. Francis

By Fr. Jeff | 10/06/2020

October 4th is the feast day for St. Francis of Assisi.  He is one of the most popular saints and is known as the patron saint of animals.  So, it is a custom for some parishes to offer a pet…

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A “re-post” on the Archangels

By Fr. Jeff | 09/28/2020

I find myself doing something I have never done before. I am “re-posting” a homily I posted here on this blog from the Feast of the Archangels on September 29th in 2017. Why am I “re-posting” an old post? There…

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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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We Need Heroes

By Fr. Jeff | 07/09/2020

We need heroes. Where we do we find them? The first question really is what is a hero? A hero as I see it is someone who does good deeds that we can look to as a role model. When…

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St. John Fisher, an Example of Faith

By Fr. Jeff | 06/22/2020

Today, June 22nd, is the Optional Memorial of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More. St. Thomas More rose to be Chancellor of England, answering directly to King Henry VIII. St. John Fisher was the Bishop of the Diocese of…

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Another Presentation on Video

By Fr. Jeff | 11/08/2019

I just uploaded the video from the third and final presentation in my series, Our Saints and Intercessors to my website at In this presentation, we talk about St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Luke, and then pull all three presentations…

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Newest Presentation on Video

By Fr. Jeff | 10/03/2019

I just posted the video and handout from my latest presentation on my website. You can see them at Here’s a short description – In Part I of this series Fr. Jeff began by talking about the saints in…

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A Word on the Saints

By Fr. Jeff | 09/21/2019

For those who follow St. Luke’s on Facebook (the parish where I currently serve), we began posting images or quotes associated with particular saints this summer.  We do this to help us better know the saints.  This is also part…

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My Latest Presentation, “Our Saints and Intercessors”

By Fr. Jeff | 09/13/2019

I started a new presentation series this week. In Part I, I begin with a general introduction to our Catholic understanding of the saints. Then, I discuss Mary and the Holy Angels (from two of our churches, St. Mary’s and…

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 08/18/2019

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CJeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10Psalm 40:2, 3, 4, 18 (14b)Hebrews 12:1-4Luke 12:49-53August 18, 2019 Jesus’ words today may seem strange or even disheartening to us.  We are more comfortable when Jesus tells us to love our…

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Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 06/24/2018

Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist Vigil                                                                            Day Jeremiah 1:4-10                                                          Isaiah 49:1-6 Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17 (6b)                             Psalm 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15 (14a) 1 Peter 1:8-12                                                              Acts 13:22-26 Luke 1:5-17                                                                 Luke 1:57-66, 80 June 24,…

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St. John Fisher, Patron of Our Diocese

By Fr. Jeff | 06/20/2018

Homily for June 2018 Holy Hour Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 1 Peter 4:12-19 Matthew 10:34-39 On the general saints’ calendar, June 22nd, which is this Friday, is an optional memorial of Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More…

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St. Isidore, the Patron Saint of Farmers, and Holiness

By Fr. Jeff | 05/15/2018

Today is the Memorial of St. Isidore.  Actually, it’s an optional memorial but I chose to use the opening prayer and antiphon for St. Isidore at Mass this morning for three reasons. First, because he is the patron saint of…

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