Sunday Reflections

Advent Invitations: RSVP Requested - 1st Sunday C

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Father Toby Collins

November 26, 2012

As a child in our Parish the one event that shook my Mom (indeed of many mothers) was the visit of the Pastor. When Father mentioned that he would be visiting, and the first street was ours, the race was on. Everyone was enlisted to clean the house- from top to bottom. My Dad was happy that he was at work. The word came down- “He’s in the neighborhood, be ready. We were all lined up like little troops, hair combed, shoes polished, best clothes on. He came down the street, and passed by our house! God will not pass by our home.




Feast of Christ the King - 34th Sunday of the Year

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Father Ernie Varosi

November 20, 2012

The readings on this 34th and last Sunday of the Church year, designated as the feast of Christ the King, forcefully, through powerful imagery, convey to us not only God’s loving concern but also exhort us to not lose hope when confronted with difficult circumstances.




Renewing our Faithful Stewardship

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Father Paul Voisin

November 9, 2012

At the heart of stewardship is gratitude to God. We are called to share our time, talents and treasure as a sign of that gratitude for all that we have and are. We 'return' the gift that God has given to us by being faithful stewards. The gospel this weekend show us the poor widow who, despite her poverty, gave all she had to the temple. How radical this response of faith on her part!




Never Alone - Love one another - 31st Sunday B

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Father Jim Valk

October 29, 2012

A little , lonely, homeless girl attached this message to a tree in the main plaza- “whoever finds this note, I love you”. Jesus responded to this message by replying- “love one another as I love you” and gave us the joy, the hope, of responding to her. In one of Andrew Lloyd Weber's musicals, he writes; “LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING”.




The Good News: 30th Sunday B

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Father Ernie Varosi

October 22, 2012

Mark begins his gospel with these simple words: "This is the good news of Jesus Christ the Son of God." Today's readings illustrate how Jesus is the good news. In the gospel, Bartimaeus, comes to Christ so that he may be healed of spiritual and moral blindness and have eyes to recognize the Spirit of God and to discern the way of God in all things.




For What Should We Ask? - 29th Sunday Year B

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Father Jim Donohue

October 9, 2012

Over the last few weeks, we, as followers of Jesus, have been invited to learn more about discipleship from Mark’s gospel. Three times in the gospel, Jesus announces to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem to suffer and die before he will be raised on the third day. Each time the disciples greet this news with behavior that suggests that they have no understanding. And, each time, in turn, Jesus uses the occasion to teach about discipleship in the form of paradoxes (seeming contradictions).




Appreciating the blessings we have! 27th Sunday B (Thanksgiving Weekend)

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Father Jim Valk

October 1, 2012

During an especially violent time in Bolivia a new dictator took over. His first Sunday he came to Mass at our Parish. The gospel spoke of the necessity to make reconciliation foremost in our lives. Without forgiveness, love can’t grow. As I finished the gospel the “General”, surrounded by armed guards, demanded to know why we used that gospel. When we responded that this reading was everywhere in the Church today, he retorted:” don’t use it again, I don’t like it”, and off he went.




Commitment and Openness: 26th Sunday

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Father Ernie Varosi

September 24, 2012

This week's readings remind us that following Jesus involves both commitment to the word of God and openness to God's Spirit. God is free to bestow gifts on anyone and that we need to expand our horizon and realize that the Spirit of God blows where it will. Are we open to this truth?

As the first reading and Gospel remind us that no one person or group might enjoy a monopoly on the Spirit. As Moses reminds Joshua: ‘Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!’




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