Category: Homily

Homilies, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 30, 2017

A baby’s gums are rubbed by parents to soothe the pain of teeth trying to break through. Once the tooth breaks through it can be sharp and painful when the baby bites. God’s word can have a bite to it when it challenges us to give more of ourselves to follow God’s ways. When was the last time the Gospel bit you with real challenge?

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Fr Peter Dillon, from Australia presides at our liturgy. He reminds us that we can long for the gifts from God to give meaning to our lives and we need to realize we already have gifts to use.

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Homily, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 23, 2017,

Fr Tom for the Crosiers Order joined us for mass and his community offered the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Fr Tom talks about the wheat and the weeds in today’s parable and how God desires to offer healing.

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Fr Peter Dillon, a visiting priest from Australia, joined us for mass. With the parable of the wheat and weeds we are asked what kind of wheat are we and how we never turn away from those who might find themselves in the “weeds” of life.

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Fr Eric gives an insight in today’s parable of the wheat and the weeds. Why does Jesus say that the Master does not want to pull the weeds? Why are the wheat and weeds allowed to grow together? Sometimes the weeds we encounter in life make us better wheat. How does that work? Let us listen to this homily.

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

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

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

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

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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