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The Feast of the Holy Trinity ~ Caught up in the Circle of their Love!

The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity ~ Sunday May 27, 2018 Dear Friends, When we recite the Creed at Mass about God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the language used can be quite confusing for us: I believe I one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible […]

Pentecost Sunday ~ Let God’s Spirit empower you and give you many gifts!

The Great and Glorious Feast of Pentecost  Sunday May 20, 2018    In our last blog, we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension. After Jesus left the disciples and ascended into heaven, they were cowering behind locked doors, despondent, worried, fearful, bewildered, devastated. “[Then] suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong […]

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord ~ You are my witnesses to the ends of the earth!

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord ~ May 13, 2018 The feast of the Ascension of our Lord is part of the Easter mystery.  First is the resurrection in which Jesus conquers death for us and reveals that life for us will never end. Then there is the ascension in which Jesus is […]

The Sixth Sunday of Easter ~ No Greater Love

The Sixth Sunday of Easter ~ 2018 The selection from the gospel of St. John today is taken from the wonderful Last Discourse of  Jesus as he is reflecting with his disciples in the Upper Room at the Last Supper in the final hours before his Passion. “As the Father loves me, so I also love you, […]

The Fifth Sunday of Easter ~ Life-Surge ~ Stay connected

The Fifth Sunday of Easter ~ April 29, 2018 Jesus is so cool in the images he uses to communicate. In the gospel passage today (John 15:1-8), Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches.” (You can read the entire passage below.) Our Scripture scholar-friend William Barclay tells us that Jesus often uses images that […]

The Fourth Sunday of Easter ~ Being known and loved anyway

The Fourth Sunday of Easter ~ 2018 Dear Friends, The Fourth Sunday of Easter has my favorite story of Jesus as the Good Shepherd.  It’s my also my favorite image of Jesus. It’s the perfect image for us today. Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd.  A good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”  […]