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We’re all familiar with the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd.  But, what do you know about shepherding sheep?  If you’re like me, probably very little.  One of the important aspects of shepherding sheep, as opposed to herding cattle, is that, unlike cattle, who are best moved along from behind, sheep prefer to be led.  And, in our Lord’s time, almost all families had a little flock of sheep even if they lived in a small town or village.  Family members would take turns between farming their little plots […]

2023-05-02T11:27:55-04:00May 2nd, 2023|


It’s hard to believe that it’s already May, it arrives on Monday!  As you surely know, this month is traditionally dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God and the Mother of the Church.  As Pope Paul VI expressed so well in his encyclical entitled the Month of May, this is the “month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady,” and it is the occasion for a “moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every part of the world [pay] to the Queen […]

2023-04-28T16:59:55-04:00April 29th, 2023|


On this Third Sunday of Easter, as we continue to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we hear one of the most familiar stories in all of the gospels.  We all know this touching account of the two disciples encountering the risen Jesus as they were leaving Jerusalem and going to Emmaus.  We don’t know why they were traveling from Jerusalem to Emmaus.  Despite all of the archeological work done in the Holy Land, we’re not even sure where Emmaus was; it’s not there anymore.  But, […]

2023-04-27T15:52:15-04:00April 27th, 2023|

Second Sunday of Easter

God’s peace and mercy.  That’s what we celebrate today as we come to the end of the Octave of Easter.  Three times in today’s gospel, we hear Jesus say: “Peace be with you.”  And, this isn’t just a pleasant greeting but a powerful assurance.  Jesus has just overcome death and the power of sin in our lives through his rising from the dead and now he comes in the midst of his followers who were hiding in a room with locked doors out of fear and says: “Peace be with […]

2023-04-21T11:57:58-04:00April 21st, 2023|


HAPPY EASTER!  As we bring the Octave of Easter to its conclusion, know that I have kept you in my prayers all week, that you may experience the joy of the Resurrection!  Today is also Divine Mercy Sunday.  Heeding the call that our risen Lord gave to St. Marie Faustina Kowalska in the 1930’s, the Church decreed on 23 May 2000 that “throughout the world, the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine […]

2023-04-14T13:55:04-04:00April 15th, 2023|

Easter Sunday

Again, allow me to wish all of you a joyous Easter with a hopeful message we all need during these most challenging times.  Christ is risen! Alleluia!  These are the victorious words we shout with gusto on this greatest of all feast days and especially at this time of political, social, military and climactic turmoil.  But, in order to fully appreciate them, we need to go back in time to the people who first discovered this reality. We need to put ourselves inside their skin and see with their eyes.  […]

2023-04-11T11:10:10-04:00April 11th, 2023|

Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil is the holiest night in all the year, and yet Christmas Eve seems to get all the attention.  At Christmas Eve, so many people come to church that we have to three Masses.  Tonight, our church is only 2/3 full.  I imagine this is the case because of all the excitement of receiving gifts at Christmas.  And, as you know, we exchange gifts at that time as a sign of the great gift we receive at Christmas – our Lord, Jesus.  But, at Christmas, the full importance […]

2023-04-11T11:03:13-04:00April 11th, 2023|

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

We begin tonight the Sacred Triduum, the three days that call us together to celebrate the mysteries of our redemption.  In order to help us enter more deeply into these mysteries, each celebration that occurs on these three days has its own unique character and particular points of emphasis.  They move us from the events that occurred at the Last Supper, to our Lord’s Passion and death on the cross, and finally to the Easter Vigil, when we joyfully celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection from the dead which gives each of […]

2023-04-11T11:01:55-04:00April 11th, 2023|
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