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What Does Lent Mean to You?

By Fr. Jeff | 02/13/2024

Lent starts tomorrow (February 14, 2024).  What comes to mind when you hear the word “Lent”?  Do you have feelings of dread or joy?  Why? Is Lent just something “necessary to get to Easter and the Resurrection”?  We all want…

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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

By Fr. Jeff | 02/11/2024

Jesus had been healing many people.  In today’s gospel, “A leper came to Jesus.”  Given the number of people that were coming to Jesus one might think of the man with leprosy as one of many.  He knelt before Jesus and…

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The Hidden Depths of the Mass #27

By Fr. Jeff | 02/08/2024

The Eucharistic Prayer – Memorial Acclamation & Anamnesis Following the words of Jesus that transubstantiate bread and wine into his Body and Blood, comes the Memorial Acclamation and Anamnesis.   At this point in the Mass, we recall the paschal mystery…

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Making Others Happy

By Fr. Jeff | 02/06/2024

How much time do you spend trying to make other people happy? Now, there are clearly some people that we should want to make happy.  Certainly, a married person should want their spouse to be happy.  We should want our…

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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 02/04/2024

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – HomilyJob 7:1-4, 6-7Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (3a)1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-3Mark 1:29-39February 4, 2024 “Job spoke saying:  Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery?…I shall not see happiness again.” These are the words…

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The Hidden Depths of the Mass #26

By Fr. Jeff | 02/01/2024

The Eucharistic Prayer – The Institution Narrative cont’d Last week we discussed the Institution Narrative where Jesus instituted the Eucharist as he said, ‘this is my Body…this is my Blood.”  We believe in the Real Presence because Jesus says so. …

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What Does It Mean to be Saved?

By Fr. Jeff | 01/30/2024

Some Christians will ask, “when were you saved?”.  Generally, the people who ask this question have experienced a time in their lives when they felt a profound conversion in their lives and gave their lives over to Christ.  This is…

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4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

By Fr. Jeff | 01/28/2024

In today’s second reading Paul writes, “I should like you to be free of anxieties.” I’m glad to hear that because I want to be free of anxiety. Who wants to be anxious? Yet, at times we are. Sometimes the concerns are…

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The Hidden Depths of the Mass #25

By Fr. Jeff | 01/25/2024

The Eucharistic Prayer – The Institution Narrative After the Epiclesis comes the Institution Narrative.  The Institution Narratives are Jesus’ own words at the Last Supper. The Catholic Church did not make up its teaching on the Eucharist.  Our belief in…

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Are You Like David or Saul?

By Fr. Jeff | 01/23/2024

In recent days, the first readings at daily Mass have told the story of the “tension” between David and Saul.  Saul had named as the first king of Israel but failed to follow God’s direction.  David fights in Saul’s army…

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 01/21/2024

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – HomilyJonah 3:1-5, 10Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (4a)1 Corinthians 7:29-31Mark 1:14-20January 21, 2024 You can see near the end of this homily, I did something different to help people understanding the Bible shapes…

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The Hidden Depths of the Mass #24

By Fr. Jeff | 01/18/2024

The Eucharistic Prayer – The Epiclesis Within the Eucharistic Prayer, the Epiclesis is the portion where we ask the Holy Spirit to transubstantiate the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus.  In Eucharistic Prayer II, the explicit…

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To Give or Not To Give

By Fr. Jeff | 01/16/2024

Blog Article – 1/16/24 “To give or not to give,” that is the question I put before you today. If a person comes up to you on the street and asks for help, do you even consider giving them any…

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

By Fr. Jeff | 01/14/2024

As today’s first reading begins, “Samuel was sleeping in the temple.” Why? His mother prayed fervently for a child. When God gave her Samuel, she was so appreciative of the gift of a child that she gave Samuel back to the Lord…

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The Hidden Depths of the Mass #23

By Fr. Jeff | 01/11/2024

The Eucharistic Prayer – Preface The Eucharistic Prayer starts with a preface.  The preface begins with the priest saying, “The Lord be with you” and the people responding, “and with your Spirit.”  The preface ends with the “Holy, Holy, Holy.”…

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Standing for Life

By Fr. Jeff | 01/09/2024

In 1973 the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark Roe v. Wade decision that ensured a woman’s right to abortion. This was based on somehow seeing abortion as part of a woman’s right to privacy. From this, they said…

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The Epiphany of the Lord – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 01/06/2024

The Epiphany of the Lord Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 (11) Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6 Matthew 2:1-12 We come today to celebrate The Epiphany of the Lord.  In the Old Testament we hear stories of God appearing to people. …

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The Hidden Depths of the Mass #22

By Fr. Jeff | 01/04/2024

The Eucharistic Prayers Following the offertory at Mass, the Eucharistic Prayer follows.  There are a total of ten Eucharistic Prayers found in the Roman Missal that contains all the prayers for Mass.  The Eucharistic Prayers are trinitarian in their nature. …

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My Hopes for 2024

By Fr. Jeff | 01/01/2024

As we begin the new secular year of 2024, I don’t want to talk about resolutions today. It’s not that I think I’m perfect such that I don’t need to make improvements in my own behavior. I know I am…

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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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