Sunday Reflections

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, January 20, 2019

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Father Fred Scinto

January 15, 2019

     We are now in that part of the Church’s liturgical calendar that is called “Ordinary Time.”  This does not mean this part of the liturgical calendar is less important than other parts: what it does mean is that it does not have the specific focus that other parts have, e.g., doing penance in Lent or Christ’s Resurrection at Easter Time.  One other observation here.  I am privileged to be able to attend and celebrate Mass every day: if I am not careful, I can begin to take Eucharist for granted (do recall the old adage that familiarity breeds




Baptism of the Lord - Sunday, January 13, 2019

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Father Jim Donohue

January 7, 2019

The passage that appears before our Sunday gospel reading is about the preaching of John the Baptist.  John is clearly identified with the great Old Testament prophet Elijah.  By connecting John the Baptist to the prophet Elijah, Luke is making a clear statement about the long awaited day of the Lord—it is here!  This message is repeated in the story of Jesus’ baptism by John.  The story itself has three elements: the heaven opens, the dove appears, and a voice proclaims, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”  All three elements contain allusio




Epiphany of the Lord - Sunday, January 6, 2019

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Father Paul Voisin

January 2, 2019

The three wise men followed a star from the east that announced to them that the Saviour, the King of the Jews, had been born.  Today many people follow ‘stars’, but these stars are some of the false gods that God warns us about – success, fame, possessions, beauty, and pleasure.  They can be as captivating as that star of Bethlehem, but leading and guiding us – not to the stable of the Christ Child, but – in the opposite direction, separating us from God and creating barriers with others.  Today we celebrate this star that leads us to Jesus Christ.  Even in this first s




Feast of the Holy Family - Sunday, December 30, 2018

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Father Jim Donohue

December 28, 2018

                All Resurrectionists have a special interest in the Feast of the Holy Family because our mission, as Resurrectionists, is to “call others, especially youth and families, to communities of the Risen Lord in which faith, hope, and love radiate as a sign of union with Christ and his mother, Mary, in the Church” (Resurrectionist Mission Statement).   Contemplating and praying over the story of the birth of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel provides a particular way to think about how a virtue cultivated within the Holy Family might




Mary Mother of God - January 1, 2019

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Father Fred Scinto

December 28, 2018

 Today’s solemnity begins a new year (2019) and this highlights its importance; it is a good way to begin our new year!  Today’s feast is very beautiful but it also gives rise to many important questions for us as modern Catholics and Christians. Let us briefly reflect, in God’s grace and great love, some of these questions so that we may be bearers of God’s light and gifts to all people. 




Nativity of the Lord - December 25, 2018

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Father Paul Voisin

December 21, 2018

Unfortunately, our materialistic and consumer society has convinced many that this great Feast that we celebrate is all about giving and receiving gifts.  If we faithfully followed our Advent journey, we re-discovered the true meaning of Christmas – celebrating the great gift of the Father in Jesus his Son, the Saviour of the world.  This gift is for each and every one of us, for our happiness and holiness, for our peace and joy, for our salvation and eternal life with God.  What gift are we offering to the Lord Jesus at his birth?  The greatest gift that Jesus awaits is




4th Sunday of Advent - Sunday, December 23, 2018

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Father Fred Scinto

December 17, 2018

We quickly come to the end of this Advent Season. It has gone by so very quickly! Were we (individually and collectively) able to welcome our Coming God whose darlings we are in grace? In this encounter, God does all the work and all we have to do is openly receive! If you and I have been delinquent in this matter, may I suggest a drastic needed solution?




3rd Sunday of Advent - Sunday, December 16, 2018

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Father Jim Donohue

December 12, 2018

  I have been thinking about waiting in this Advent season.  We wait a great deal.  The other day, I was driving and there was something that was holding up traffic on the highway.  We waited.  We did not know what had happened or for how long we would wait.  But, wait we did.  I tend to drive instead of fly whenever I can.  Why?  I hate the “hurry up and wait” in airports today.  Too much waiting for me!   I am sure that we have all had the experience where we are trying to resolve something on the telephone only to be told to “li




2nd Sunday of Advent - Sunday, December 9, 2018

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Father Paul Voisin

December 3, 2018

I believe there is a distinction between ‘to hear’ and ‘to listen’.  ‘Hearing’ is a physiological function, whereas ‘listening’ implies that I accept (and follow) that which I hear.  We hear John the Baptist today, but are we willing to listen?  Advent is all about preparing ourselves spiritually to celebrate the birth of the Saviour, Jesus Christ.  The message of John reminds us of the changes, perhaps drastic, that this may require for us to be prepared for December 25.  We need to identify our ‘valleys’, ‘mountains’, ‘hills’ and ‘winding ways’ that keep us from f




First Sunday of Advent - Sunday December 2, 2018

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Father Fred Scinto

November 28, 2018

With this Advent Season, we the Church move into a new liturgical year, Year C, when most of the Sunday Gospels come from the Gospel of Luke.  As we enter this Advent, we will experience it as going by very fast.  In our age of Future Shock and Technopoly, it will be over even before we even realize it.  We need to plan to use this time of grace well – otherwise it will disappear before we even realize it!




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