Category: Homily

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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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
Tricia Hoyt


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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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Homily, Second Sunday of Easter, April 23, 2017

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A broken dish usually is thrown away. In Japan there is a philosophy of having broken items being put back together by craftsmen. Beauty is seen in what is broken. God’s mercy is the same. God takes our brokenness and restores what is has been beautiful already in our lives.


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Here is the link to the video shown at mass this weekend.

Kintsugui:The Art of Broken Pieces

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Homily, Easter Day, April 16, 2017

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GODISNOWHERE- how do we read this? We used Luke’s account of the Road to Emmaus, as two disciples experience both versions of this run on sentence. God is no where, yet after a stranger appears and they experience the risen Lord in their sadness, it changes to God is now here. How can we all be Easter people to a Good Friday world? Listen to our Easter homily.


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Homily, Fifth Sunday of Lent, April 2, 2017

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Jesus wept. The shortest verse in the Bible, yet the most powerful thought. Jesus is perturbed at the death of his friend Lazarus. He deeply feels the suffering and pain of humanity. His voice gives life to Lazarus as he calls him to come out of the tomb. Only God can give such life. Many came to believe in Jesus. Do we believe only God can take our dying and bring us life?

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