Author: Kelli Hartley

Homily, Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, June 18, 2017, Fr. Ray Carey

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Today’s Gospel, a portion of an important scriptural passage known as the “Bread of Life discourse”, invites us to consider deeply the spirit of today’s Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Following on the heels of a Eucharistic miracle–the feeding of the masses through the multiplication of the loaves–Jesus points his disciples in this part of the chapter to a core belief of our faith: the True Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.


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Homily, Most Holy Trinity, June 11, 2017- Fr. Ray Carey

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Today’s Gospel is from the beginning of John’s Gospel. The passage we read follows Jesus’ conversation with a Pharisee, Nicodemus, about what it means to be born of both water and the spirit. Nicodemus approaches Jesus at night and acknowledges Jesus as a teacher from God. Jesus tells him that only those who are born from above will see the Kingdom of God. Nicodemus misunderstands and questions how a person can be born more than once. Jesus tells Nicodemus that no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. Jesus is essentially explaining Baptism, which we celebrate as a sacrament today. Yet Nicodemus, we are told, still does not understand what Jesus is saying. Jesus continues by testifying to the need to be born from above so that one might have eternal life.

After the dialogue with Nicodemus, the author of the Gospel offers his own explanation of Jesus’ words. This is what we read in today’s Gospel, John 3:16-18.

In the context of today’s focus on the mystery of the Holy Trinity, the reading calls our attention to the action of God, who reveals himself in three persons: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God the Father, out of love for the world, sent his Son into the world in order to save it. Through the death and resurrection of the Son, we have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. As three persons, God acts always as a God of love; he does not condemn the world but acts to save it.

The Gospel also calls attention to the response that is required of us. God’s love for us calls us to respond in faith by professing our belief in God’s son, Jesus, and the salvation that he has won for us. This profession of faith is a sign of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.


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Sacrament of Reconciliation

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Sin ruptures not only our relationship with God but also with our brothers and sisters. By the nourishing light of the Holy Spirit, we are able to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation by examining our consciences to identify those ways in which we are not in right relationship with God and with others. This examination also challenges us to recognize our own participation in the “structures of sin” that degrade others’ lives and dignity. Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, God offers mercy and forgiveness. In response to this gift, we are called to become vehicles of Christ’s love, making amends and restoring justice and the bonds that have been broken.

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Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

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In the Church’s Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.

The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.

When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God’s will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.

 

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Homily, Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017

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Pentecost- the Spirit is present in our sacred place each time we gather. The disciples begin today’s gospel locked behind closed doors. Our misunderstanding of seeing our sacred space as simply a building is having our hearts and minds locked behind closed doors. Christians do not gather in a building, there is something more going on. What is it? Listen to the homily for Pentecost.

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Homily, The Ascension of the Lord, May 28, 2017

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From the Acts of the Apostles we hear that the 11 disciples receive final instructions from Jesus before he ascends to heaven. They must of felt abandoned, lost and confused as the physical presence of Jesus is not there in the same way. The Spirit is sent to us to teach and guide us. How can we really be sure that we are following the right path of Jesus when there seems to be different opinions and thoughts? Today’s homily gives a path to follow in learning what God wants us to know.

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The gifts of Motherhood

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Mother’s Day at St Patrick has the custom of calling forth women from our community to speak on the gifts of Motherhood and those who are role models of being mothers to others. Tricia Hoyt spoke at 5pm Saturday mass. Angela Ducey and her sister Kristy Wagner spoke at our Sunday masses. Included is a video on CarePortal, a statewide project calling on all churches to offer support for children in need. Thank you to these three ladies offering their Mother’s Day to the community.

CarePortal: How it works video
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Angela Ducey and Kristy Wagner

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Homily, Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 7, 2017

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We have either heard or said the phrase, “over my dead body!”. It can be a figure of speech, annoyance at something we do not like, or serious statement meant to show disagreement or anger. Today’s gospel has Jesus giving another meaning to that phrase, a shepherd who lays down his life for his flock. Listen to what Jesus means and what he asks of us in laying down our lives as well.

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