Fr. Tim’s Homily for November 12, 2017

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time-A   Wisdom 6: 12-16 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 Matthew 25: 1-13   There is no doubt about it:  the early Christians fully expected Jesus to return in glory “soon and very soon.”  But they became disappointed as the months and years went by, and still Jesus was a no-show. Some …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for November 5, 2017

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time-A   Malachi !: 14b-2: 2b, 8-10 1 Thessalonians 2: 7b-9, 13  Matthew 23: 1-12   We all like to look good.  A university study was done about “bad hair days.”  It concluded that when we think we are having a “bad hair day,” we are likely to feel a little …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for October 29, 2017

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time-A National Priesthood Sunday   Exodus 22: 20-26 1 Thessalonians 1: 5c-10  Matthew 22: 34-40 Jenny found fault with nearly everything in the Church.  She resented that her mother and father insisted that she go to Mass every Sunday.  She was angry that they required her to attend religious education classes …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for October 22, 2017

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time-A   Isaiah 45: 1, 4-6 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-5b  Matthew 22: 15-21 There was a grandfather who loved to play golf, and his little grandson was very interested in learning to play.  One day Grandpa bought a small set of golf clubs for the little boy who began practicing to …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for October 15, 2017

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – A Weekend Three:  Annual Stewardship Commitment Sunday Isaiah 25: 6-10a  Philippians 4: 12-14, 19-20  Matthew 22: 1-14 This is our Annual Stewardship Renewal Commitment Sunday.  Thank you for being a part of this great opportunity for our Saint Joseph and Nativity Parish Families as we make our stewardship commitments together in …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for October 8, 2017

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time-A Weekend Two: Homily Before Lay Witness Talk   Isaiah 5; 1-7 Philippians 4: 6-9  Matthew 21: 33-43 At the end of today’s Gospel parable, Jesus quotes a line from Psalm 118: 22.  He says:  “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.  By the Lord has this been done, …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for October 1, 2017

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time-A Respect Life Sunday Weekend One: Introduction to Stewardship Renewal   Ezekiel 18: 25-28  Philippians 2:1-11  Matthew 21: 28-32     Jesus loved to tell stories – parables – especially when the ending was not what His audience was expecting.  And today’s is a case in point.  He begins the parable by …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for September 24, 2017

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time-A Isaiah 55: 6-9  Philippians 1: 20c-24, 27a  Matthew 20: 1-16a   The Gospel that we just heard comes up on this Sunday every three years.  And every three years when we hear this parable of Jesus we can become a little disturbed …. because it doesn’t seem fair. A landowner goes …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for September 17, 2017

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time-A Sirach 27: 30-28: 7 Romans 14: 7-9  Matthew 18: 21-35 “The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger and rich in compassion.” That was the response to Psalm 103 that we sang today after the first reading.  And it is a very fitting response, full of comfort and full …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for September 10, 2017

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time-A Ezekiel 33: 7-9 Romans 13: 8-10  Matthew 18: 15-20 She never intended to hurt anyone.  At least that is what Alice said, after she had put together a committee of people from the parish, and had left off Anne’s name. Anne was hurt.  When this was told to Alice, Alice …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for September 3, 2017

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time-A Jeremiah 20: 7-9 Romans 12: 1-2 Matthew 16: 21-27 Very much in our thoughts and in our prayers are the people who are suffering so much from Hurricane Harvey.  The pictures and stories in the news are heart-wrenching, and we want to do something to help.          Next weekend, in all …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for August 27, 2017

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time-A Isaiah 22:  19-23 Romans 11:  33-36 Matthew 16: 13-20          Eric Heiden is an American who was a speed skater.  He won five gold medals in the 1980 Winter Olympics.  In school, he was always the top athlete.  And whenever he entered a competition, he almost always won first place. …

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Father O’Connor’s Homily for August 20, 2017

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time-A Isaiah 56:  1, 6-7 Romans 11:  13-15, 29-32 Matthew 15:  21-28   I had a chuckle over a story about a man who rushed down to the local supermarket on a Saturday afternoon to pick up a few snack items.  The big game was going to be on, and he …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for August 13, 2017

19th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-A       1 Kings 19: 9a, 11-13a Romans 9: 1-5 Matthew 14: 22-33            There is a story about a man who decided to tie helium balloons to his favorite lawn chair.          He had neighbors hold the chair down while he added lots and lots of balloons.  …

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SUNDAY BULLETIN/READINGS for August 6, 2017

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for July 23, 2017

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-A   Wisdom 12: 13, 16-19   Romans 8: 26-27   Matthew 13: 24-30   There was a prospector looking for gold who thought that all of the good fortune in his life was due to good luck. All of the other prospectors had left the scene but he continued his search …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for July 16, 2017

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-A   Isaiah 55: 10-11   Romans 8: 18-23   Matthew 13: 1-9   Advertisers know that they must target a specific audience well if they are going to make a sale.  The “one size fits all” approach in advertising just does not work.  People need to feel personally addressed. There are …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for July 9, 2017

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FORTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-A   Zechariah 9: 9-10   Romans 8: 9, 11-13   Matthew 11: 25-30   There is a rather odd comic strip that is tucked in my memory bank.  It is something that you would not want to try yourself.  It is about a man who got caught in a downpour, saw …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for July 2, 2017

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THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-A  2 Kings 4: 8-11, 14-16a  Romans 6: 3-4, 8-11  Matthew 10: 37-42   The cruise ship was pulling out of port, and the first-seating passengers were on their way to the dining room.  A lady was walking all by herself.  She was elderly and apparently traveling alone.  She was dressed …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for June 25, 2017

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TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME-A  Jeremiah 20: 1-13  Romans 5: 12-15  Matthew 10: 26-33   There are two Latin words that we commonly use: “terra firma,” meaning “earth that is firm.” There was a man from Massachusetts who had a great fear of flying.  He said he had a great respect for terra firma.  As …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for June 18, 2017

THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST-A CORPUS CHRISTI FATHER’S DAY  Deuteronomy 8: 2-3, 14b-16a  1 Corinthians 10: 16-17  John 6: 51-58   This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Feast of the Eucharist. Our secular society tells us that …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for June 11, 2017

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THE MOST HOLY TRINITY-A  Exodus 34: 4b-6, 8-9  2 Corinthians 13: 11-13  John 3: 16-18    Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity:  one God in three divine persons.  The Trinity is “the central mystery of our Christian faith and life” [The Catechism of the Catholic Church, #234]. I ask you to make …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for June 4, 2017

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Feast of the Pentecost – A  Acts of the Apostles 2: 1-11  1 Corinthians 12: 3b-7, 12-13 John 20: 19-23    Today is the Feast of Pentecost.  We celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples – their Confirmation – the birthday of the Church, and the close of the Easter season. Pentecost …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for May 28, 2017

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Feast of the Ascension – A  Acts of the Apostles 1: 1-11  1 Ephesians 1: 17-23 Matthew 28: 16-20    In days before television there was vaudeville.  Those live stage shows enabled actors and actresses to perfect their skills.  And they all had their little tricks of the trade. Sometimes audiences could be hostile.  And …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for May 21, 2017

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Sixth Sunday of Easter – A  Acts of the Apostles 8: 5-8, 1-17  1 Peter 3: 15-18 John 14: 15-21    An elderly couple was sitting in the parking lot of a large shopping center.  The hood was up on their car.  They had engine trouble. A young man pushing a shopping cart came towards …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for May 15, 2017

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Fifth Sunday of Easter – A Mother’s day  Acts of the Apostles 6: 1-7  1 Peter 2: 4-9 John 14: 1-12    Early this past week I was looking over the great Gospel passage that we just heard with the conversation between Jesus and the Apostle Philip. Jesus said to His disciples:  “No one comes …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for May 7, 2017

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Fourth  Sunday of Easter – A  Acts of the Apostles 2: 14a, 36-41 1 Peter 2: 20b-25 John 10: 1-10    “The most important part of a church is its front door.”  At least, that is what one architect says. I would have expected him to say that the most important part is the sanctuary …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for April 30, 2017

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Third Sunday of Easter – A 30 April 2017  Acts of the Apostles 2:14, 22-33 1 Peter 1: 17-21 Luke 24: 13-35    There is a phrase in one of the Mass prayers for the Easter season that makes me smile a bit.  It is found in the Easter Preface to the Eucharistic Prayer – …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for April 23, 2017

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Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy) 23 April 2017 Click here for weekly readings    

Fr. Tim’s Homily for April 16, 2017

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Father O’Connor’s Easter Sunday Homily 16 April 2017 Readings   We are so familiar with the accounts of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead that it is difficult for us to capture a sense of the total astonishment of the first witnesses. To begin with, there are no adequate words to describe what had never happened …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for April 9, 2017

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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord – A   Isaiah 50: 4-7 Philippians 2: 6-11 Matthew 26: 14-26: 66     Matthew Kelly, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, pages 189-216 Chapter 6: “A New Level of Thinking” and the Epilogue   For six weeks in Lent we have been reading and …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for April 2, 2017

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Fifth Sunday of Lent -A Ezekiel 37: 12-14 Romans 8: 8-11 John 11: 1-45     Matthew Kelly, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, pages 143-187 Chapter 5:  “Changing the World” EVANGELIZATION The prophet Ezekiel, in the first reading today, takes us to a cemetery. What a cheerful thought, right? – until we listen …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for March 26, 2017

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Fourth Sunday of Lent -A 1 Samuel 16: 1b, 6-7, 10-13a Ephesians 5: 8-14 John 9: 1-41   (Matthew Kelly, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, pages 109-140) Chapter 4:  The Happiest People I Know   Listen again to these lines from today’s Second Reading, from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians: “Brothers and sisters: …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for March 19, 2017

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Third Sunday of Lent -A Exodus 17: 3-7 Romans 5: 1-2, 5-8 John 4: 5-15, 19b-16, 39a, 40-42 (Matthew Kelly, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, pages 75-106) Chapter 3:  The Genius of Catholicism   A traveler to the Holy Land describes something that he saw.  A woman came to the center of that …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for March 12, 2017

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Second Sunday of Lent -A Genesis 12: 1-4a 2 Timothy 1: 8b-10 Matthew 17: 1-9 (Matthew Kelly, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, pages 41-71) Chapter 2:  Are You Spiritually Healthy?   For centuries, we had three sets of Mysteries of the Rosary:  the Joyful, the Sorrowful and the Glorious.  And then in 2002, …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for March 5, 2017

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First Sunday of Lent -  A Genesis 2: 7-9, 3: 1-7 Romans 5: 12-19 Matthew 4: 1-11   (Matthew Kelly, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, pages 5-37) The Prologue and Chapter One:  entitled “Incredible Possibilities” [pages 5-37]          The Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent is about Jesus spending forty days and …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for February 26, 2017

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A Isaiah 49: 14-15 1 Corinthians 4: 1-5 Matthew 6: 24-34   “No one can serve two masters,” Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel.  “He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon.”  Jesus …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for February 19, 2017

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – A Leviticus 19: 1-2, 17-18 1 Corinthians 3: 16-23 Matthew 5: 38-48   A pastor was opening his mail.  One envelope contained a sheet of paper that had four big, bold letters on it, spelling: F-O-O-L. So he took it with him into the pulpit on Sunday and said …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for February 12, 2017

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Catholic Charities Appeal Weekend Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A Isaiah 58: 7-10 1 Corinthians 2: 1-5 Matthew 5: 13-16

Fr. Tim’s Homily for February 5, 2017

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Catholic Schools Week Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A Isaiah 58: 7-10 1 Corinthians 2: 1-5 Matthew 5: 13-16   “I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling … so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.” That’s what St. Paul told us …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for January 29, 2017

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Catholic Schools Week Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13 1 Corinthians 1: 26-31 Matthew 5: 1-12a     To our Saint Joseph School families, dedicated teachers, staff and volunteers – and those of our area Catholic high schools – happy Catholic Schools Week! To all of you, our Saint Joseph and …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for January 22, 2017

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – A Isaiah 8: 23–9:3 1 Corinthians 1: 10-13, 17 Matthew 4: 12-23   It is an odd way in which Matthew begins the story of Jesus’ public life in today’s Gospel.  I might have done it differently, having Jesus preach a motivating sermon and then curing a crowd of …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for January 15, 2017

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – A Isaiah 49: 3, 5-6 1 Corinthians 1: 1-3 John 1: 29-34   In Christian art, whenever John the Baptist and Jesus are in the same scene, Jesus is always featured more prominently and John is always pointing out Jesus to others. In today’s Gospel when John the Baptist …

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Sunday Bulletin for January 8, 2017

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for January 1, 2017

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Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God-A New Year’s Day Numbers 6: 22-27 Galatians 4: 4-7 Luke 2: 16-21 Teachers had submitted their New Year’s resolutions to their principal, and the principal posted them on the faculty bulletin board when school re-opened after Christmas vacation.  The teachers were reading what others had said.  And …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for December 25, 2016

Christmas Eve and Day The Readings   I welcome members of our Saint Joseph and Nativity Parishes to this Christmas Mass.  And I also welcome your guests and members of other parishes. I also want to offer a special word of welcome to those here who might be looking for a church to belong to.  …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for December 18, 2016

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Fourth Sunday of Advent – A Isaiah 7:  10-14 Romans 1: 1-7 Matthew 1: 18-24 I would like to focus today on a man who often escapes our notice as we prepare for the Feast of Christmas, although he is one of the principal characters.  His name is Saint Joseph. We pay lots of attention …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for December 11, 2016

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Third Sunday of Advent – A Isaiah 35: 1-6a, 10 James 5: 7-10 Matthew 11: 2-11     There was a very unusual auction that was held in Washington, D.C. in 1926. The items were inventions that had been patented and had become obsolete. Even though some of them were rather comical, the 150,000 obsolete …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for December 4, 2016

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Second Sunday of Advent – A Isaiah 30: 19, 30 Romans 15: 4-9 Matthew 3: 1-12     John the Baptist is featured in today’s Gospel according to Matthew. And he was calling people to come out to the silence of the desert so they could find God and then find themselves.  John the Baptist …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for November 27, 2016

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First Sunday of Advent – A Isaiah 2: 1-5 Romans 13: 11-14 Matthew 24: 37-44   Advent isn’t exactly a comfortable season.  And I don’t just mean the frost on the windshield and the certainty of January bills.  The liturgy of Advent has a strangeness about it that won’t be tamed by the caroling that …

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Weekly Bulletin for November 20, 2016

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34th Sunday in Ordinary Time [C]

Fr. Tim’s Homily for November 13, 2016

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time [C] Malachi 3: 19-20a 2 Thessalonians 3: 7-12 Luke 21: 5-19   Today we hear a topic in the Scriptures – in the second reading from the second letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians – that we do not regularly hear about.  Paul is talking about laziness or, as …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for November 6, 2016

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time [C] 2 Maccabees 7: 1-2, 9-14 2 Thessalonians 2: 16,  3:5 Luke 20: 27, 34-38   We all want to go to heaven, right?  But we’re not in any hurry to get there, yes? A doctor met his rabbi one day in the marketplace.  The rabbi said, “Just think, Sam, …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for October 30th, 2016

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National Priesthood Sunday 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time-C Wisdom 1; 22-12:2 2 Thessalonians 1: 11-22 Luke 19: 1-10   I like “ol’ Zacchaeus” in today’s Gospel.  He was short in stature – and he wanted to see Jesus. So he – a grown-up – climbed up a sycamore tree.  He must have looked like a …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for October 23rd, 2016

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time [C] Sirach 35: 12-14, 16-18 2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 16-18 Luke 18: 9-14   There is a story – and it is just a story – about a woman who went to Confession.  She confessed a few of her sins, and then went on at great length about her husband’s …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for October 16th, 2016

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time-C Weekend Three:  Annual Stewardship Commitment Sunday Exodus 17: 8-13  2 Timothy 3: 14-4: 2 Luke 18: 1-8   This is our Annual Stewardship Renewal Commitment Sunday.  Thank you for being a part of this great opportunity for our Saint Joseph and Nativity Parish Families as we make our stewardship commitments …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for October 9th, 2016

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Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time-C Weekend Two:  Homily Before Lay Witness Talk 2 Kings 5: 14-17 2 Timothy 2: 8-13 Luke 17: 11-19   Our world tells us this message all of the time, and it is a lie:  “The more power, prestige, property, popularity and stuff that you get, the happier you will be.” …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for October 1st, 2016

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Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time-C Habakkuk 1: 2-3: 2: 2-4   2 Timothy 1: 6-8, 13-14 Luke 17: 5-10 As members of God’s family, the Church, we come to this church building in order to worship God today.  And one of the parts of this church building, where I am standing right now, is called …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for September 25th, 2016

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Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time-C Amos 6: 1a, 4-7 1 Timothy 6: 11-16 Luke 16: 19-31   There is a story that is entitled, “Grandfather’s Corner.”  It is about a grandfather who came to live with his son and daughter-in-law and their children.  Grandpa didn’t see or hear so well anymore.  Sometimes he would make …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for September 18th, 2016

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time-C Amos 8  4-7 1 Timothy 2: 1-8 Luke 16: 1-13   A tailor was working on a new suit for a mob boss.  He accidentally slipped with the scissors and cut a hole in the knee of the trousers.  And that was the last of that fabric in the shop.  …

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Fr. Tim’s Homily for September 11th, 2016

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Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time-C Exodus 32: 7-11, 13-14  1 Timothy 1: 12-17 Luke 15 : 1-10   This weekend we remember the nearly 3,000 people that lost their lives as victims of the terrorist attacks on our country on September 11, 2001, fifteen years ago today.  We pray for all of our men and …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: August 28th, 2016

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time-C Sirach3: 17-18, 20, 28-29 Hebrews 12: 18-19, 22-24a Luke 14:1, 7-14   Aesop tells a fable about a frog that wanted to fly.  One day a stork landed in the cove and the frog had an idea.  The stork was looking for minnows, but the frog’s noisy voice had driven …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: August 21st, 2016

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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time-C Isaiah: 66: 18-21 Hebrews 12: 5-7, 11-13 Luke 13: 22-30   Someone asked Jesus in today’s Gospel, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?”  And He answered, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.” …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: July 31st, 2016

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – C Ecclesiastes 1: 2; 2: 21-23 Colossians 3: 1-5, 9-11 Luke 12: 13-21   Jewish people in Jesus’ time often took their disputes to their rabbis for a settlement.  And so a man in today’s Gospel comes to Jesus and says:  “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: July 24th, 2016

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – C Genesis 18: 20-32 Colossians 2: 12-14 Luke 11: 1-13   A small boy was trying to move a big rock, and he wasn’t getting anywhere.  His dad was standing there watching him.  Finally his dad said, “Son, are you using all the strength you have to move that …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: July 17th, 2016

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – C Genesis 18: 1-10a Colossians 1: 24-28 Luke 10: 38-42   Hospitality is a warm virtue.  It teaches us how to welcome other people when we are hosts and hostesses, and how to be welcomed by others when we are guests. Hospitality is the first of the four pillars …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: July 10th, 2016

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – C Deuteronomy 30: 10-14 Colossians 1: 15-20 Luke 10: 25-37   Today we hear the parable that Jesus told called “The Good Samaritan.”  Every one of us knows how it goes. We call someone who does a good deed a Good Samaritan, the parable is that familiar.  Many hospitals …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: July 3rd, 2016

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – C   Isaiah 66: 10-14c Galatians 6: 14-18 Luke 10: 1-9   On this Independence Day weekend, we thank God for the freedom that we enjoy in this great nation, the United States of America.  And we pray that the religious liberty that our Constitution guarantees will be defended …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: June 26th, 2016

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13th  Sunday in Ordinary Time – C  1 Kings 19: 16b, 19-21 Galatians 5: 1, 13-18 Luke 9:  51-62   “I am really looking forward to that!”  We all know what it feels like to look forward to something so much that we just can’t wait until it happens. We hear in today’s Gospel about …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: June 19th, 2016

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C Father’s Day Zechariah 12: 10-11; 13: 1 Galatians 3: 26-29 Luke 9: 18-24     On this Father’s Day weekend, we remember our fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, all of those men who have shown a fatherly influence over us.  We call them to mind with gratitude today, whether they …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: June 12th, 2016

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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – C 2 Samuel: 7-10, 13 Galatians 2: 16,19-21 Luke 7: 36-50     The Lerner & Loewe musical stage play, My Fair Lady, became a movie in 1964 starring, of course, Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.  I know that a lot of you have seen it, and maybe again …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: June 5th, 2016

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Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – C 1 Kings 17: 17-24  Galatians 1: 11-19 Luke 7: 11-17     A man was called upon to conduct a service in a funeral home for a friend who had died that did not belong to a church.  The man wanted to do it right.  So he looked …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: May 29nd, 2016

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THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST-C CORPUS CHRISTI Genesis 14: 18-20 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26 Luke 9: 11b-17     This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Feast of the Eucharist. Our secular society tells us that we are …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: May 22nd, 2016

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THE MOST HOLY TRINITY-C Proverbs 8: 22-31   Romans 5: 1-5 John 16: 12-15     There was a missionary who was serving in a foreign land.  He came back home for a vacation.  And while there, he saw a sundial that was for sale.  So he bought it and took it back with him …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: May 14th, 2016

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Pentecost Sunday-C Acts of the Apostles 2: 1-11  1 Corinthians 12: 3b-7, 12-13 John 20: 19-23 or John 14: 15-16, 23b-26     Today is the Feast of Pentecost and we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles – their Confirmation.  It is also the birthday of the Church, and the close …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: May 8th, 2016

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Feast of the Ascension-C Mother’s Day Acts of the Apostles 1: 1-11 Ephesians 1: 17-23 Luke 24: 46-53     There was a mother named Alice who had promised to make something for the parish bake sale.  She put an angel food cake in the oven and then forgot about it.  When she remembered, it …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: May 1st, 2016

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Sixth Sunday of Easter – C Acts of the Apostles 15: 1-2, 22-29 Revelation 21: 10-14, 22-23 John 14:23-29   The mother of a four-year-old girl named Marian became a single-mom.  She had to work very hard to support them.  Every day at noon she would pick up Marian at the neighbor’s house and bring …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: April 24th, 2016

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Fifth Sunday of Easter – C Acts of the Apostles 14: 21-27 Revelation 21: 1-5a John 13:31-33a, 34-35   There are some things that mothers say today that mothers have probably been saying since the beginning of time.  Here is a list of things that mothers in the Bible may have said to their children: …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: April 17th, 2016

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Fourth Sunday of Easter – C Good Shepherd Sunday World Day of Prayer for Vocations Acts of the Apostles 13: 14, 43-52 Revelation 7: 9,14b-17 John 10: 27-30     There is a story about a fisherman who was very successful, and people wondered how he did it.  He would always come back with a …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: April 10th, 2016

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Third Sunday of Easter – C Acts of the Apostles 5: 27-32, 40b-41 Revelation 5: 11-14 John 21: 1-19 Although by nature and profession I am not “a numbers kind of guy” – as perhaps some of you are – I thought I would chart our course this Sunday – this Third Sunday of Easter, …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: March 27th, 2016

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Easter Sunday Luke 24: 1-12 “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” Remember that pointed question posed by the angel that first Easter morning? The Gospel tells us that the women who were close to Jesus went to the tomb early Easter Sunday morning to anoint the dead body of the Lord. …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: March 20th, 2016

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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Passion of the Lord     If you come to church on Palm Sunday and don’t come back to church again until Easter Sunday, you are going to miss a whole lot!  All of this week’s events and times are in the bulletin.  By way of a …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: March 13th, 2016

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Fifth Sunday of Lent-C Isaiah 43: 16-21 Philippians 3: 8-14 John 8: 1-11   Part of today’s Gospel is included in one of the flashback scenes in the movie, “The Passion of the Christ.”  A woman who had been caught in the very act of adultery was brought to Jesus by the Scribes and Pharisees.  …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: March 6th, 2016

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Fourth Sunday of Lent-C Joshua 5: 9a, 10-12 2 Corinthians 5: 17-21 Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32   A young man had gotten into serious trouble and was afraid to face his father.  He sought advice from his parish priest, who told him the story of “The Prodigal Son” and then recommended that he tell his …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: February 28th, 2016

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Third Sunday of Lent-C Exodus 3: 1-8a, 13-15 1 Corinthians 10: 1-6, 10-12 Luke 3: 1-9   There are lots of people in our world who are very good at what they do.  But sometimes they don’t always cultivate a lot of hope in people they serve. A man was reflecting on his successful chemotherapy.  …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: February 21, 2016

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Second Sunday of Lent-C Genesis 15: 5-12, 17-18 Philippians 3: 17-4:1 Luke 9: 28b-36   I remember seeing a brightly colored artwork on an easel, and there were people standing around looking at it. There were some symbols on it that I didn’t understand and some patterns that I didn’t grasp. One of the observers …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: February 14, 2016

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First Sunday of Lent-C Deuteronomy 26: 4-10 Romans 10: 8-13 Luke 4: 1-13   Advice columnist Ann Landers once invited her readership to submit some of the lies that people often tell.  This is what some of the readers sent in: “Ten pounds is nothing on a person of your height!” “You made it yourself?  …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: January 24, 2016

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time-C Nehemia 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10 1 Corinthians 12: 12-30 Luke 1: 1-4; 4: 14-21   An American woman was doing some shopping in London, England and needed some advice on the merchandise.  She looked up at a clerk and the clerk just stood there almost lifelessly and ignored her.  She looked …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: January 17, 2016

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time-C Isaiah 62: 1-5 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11 John 2: 1-11   A woman wrote an article about re-decorating their family home.  Things went well until her husband overruled the interior designer and hung a 16X20 inch picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus over the fireplace mantle. The woman tried …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: January 10, 2016

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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord-C Isaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11 Titus 2: 11-14; 3:4-7 Luke 3: 15-16, 21-22   Harriet Beecher Stowe [1811-1896], the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, wrote about an experience she had that was greater than any praise an audience or critics could offer her.  The assignment that was given in …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: January 3, 2016

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Feast of the Epiphany Isaiah 60: 1-6 Ephesians 3: 2-3a, 5-6 Matthew 2: 1-12   We call the visitors from the East who followed a star and came to Bethlehem by different names:  the Magi, the astrologers, the wise men and the three kings.  But in spite of their many titles, they came for a …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: January 1, 2016

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God New Year’s Day   Numbers 6: 22-27 Galatians 4: 4-7 Luke 2: 16-21   On this New Year’s Day, we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. “Mary is our only savior from an abstract Christ,” says Coventry Patmore.  Mary teaches us, as no …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: December 27, 2015

Feast of the Holy Family-C   1 Samuel 1: 20-22, 24-28 1 John 3: 1-2, 21-24 Luke 2: 41-52   There are certain things that have happened to all of us in the past that are stored in our memories.  Today’s Gospel passage finished with this line:  “Mary, His mother, kept all these things in …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: December 25, 2015

Christmas Eve and Day     Garrison Keillor, of National Public Radio, “Tales of Lake Wobegon,” has written an essay on “Christmas gift-getting” – and not “Christmas gift-giving.”  This is what he says: A few years ago, someone near and dear to me gave me a Polo shirt for Christmas.  And I said, “Thank you,” …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: December 20, 2015

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-Fourth Sunday of Advent-C   Micah 5:1-4a Hebrews 10: 5-10 Luke 1: 39-45   Children are really something.  There was a mother and father who had a two-year-old boy.  They lived in Chicago in a high-rise apartment on the 42nd floor. Every morning the father would hug and kiss his wife and little boy goodbye …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: December 13, 2015

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-Third Sunday of Advent-C   Zephaniah 3:14-18a Philippians 4: 4-7 Luke 3: 10-18   “Rejoice in the Lord always,” Paul says to us today.  “I shall say it again:  rejoice!  For the Lord is near.”  And with that encouragement, I thought I would tell you a happy Christmas story. There was a church that, for …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: December 6, 2015

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-Second Sunday of Advent-C   Baruch 5:1-9 Philippians 1: 4-6, 8-11 Luke 3: 1-6   One Sunday, a man stood up in church and in a very loud voice said:  “I have a word from God for you.”  And then he shouted it again. Very smoothly and efficiently, the ushers moved in and escorted that …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: November 29, 2015

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-First Sunday of Advent-C   Jeremiah 33: 14-16 Thessalonians 3: 12-4: 2 Luke 21: 25-28   Today there is a shift in the mood of the liturgy.  Last weekend, the last Sunday of the Church year, was the Feast of Christ the King, a day when we were decked out in vestments in white and …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: November 15, 2015

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-Thirty-third Ordinary Sunday – B –   Daniel 12: 1-3 Hebrews 10: 1-14, 18 Mark 13: 24-32   A cartoon had a man dressed as a prophet and holding a sign which read:  “Resist temptation.”  In the next frame was a rather scruffy-looking fellow who said to the prophet:  “I’m not looking to resist temptation.  …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: November 8, 2015

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-Thirty-second Ordinary Sunday – B –   1 Kings 17: 10-16 Hebrews 9: 24-28 Mark 12: 38-44   The First Reading, the Responsorial Psalm and the Gospel this Sunday all speak about widows. I would like to tell you about a widow who was born in New York City in 1774.  At the age of …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: November 1, 2015

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-Feast of All Saints –   Revelation 7: 2-4, 9-14 1 John 3: 1-3 Matthew 5: 1-12a   A father was showing his son the stained glass windows in their church.  He pointed to one of the windows and said it was a picture of a saint.  Then he asked him:  “Son, can you tell …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: October 25, 2015

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-Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time-B – National Priesthood Sunday   Jeremiah 31: 7-9 Hebrews 5: 1-6 Mark 10: 46-52   This is Priesthood Sunday here in the United States.  It is a day that we give thanks to Our Lord for the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The second reading today from the Letter to the …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: October 18, 2015

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-Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time-B –   Isaiah 53: 10-11 Hebrews 4: 14-16 Mark 10: 35-45   This is our Annual Stewardship Renewal Commitment Sunday here at Saint Joseph Parish.  Thank you for being a part of this great opportunity for our parish family as we make our stewardship commitments together in the areas of …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: October 11, 2015

-Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time-B –   Wisdom 7: 7-11 Hebrews 4: 12-13 Mark 10: 17-30 A rich young man same up to Jesus, knelt down before Him and asked:  “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus told him:  “Keep all of the commandments.” And the young man replied:  “I have kept …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: October 4, 2015

-Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time-B –   Genesis 2: 18-24 Hebrews 2: 9-11 Mark 10: 2-16 October 4th is the feast day of one of everybody’s favorite saints, Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis loved life.  He reverenced all of God’s creation.  Francis would genuflect before a pregnant woman.  He would only walk barefooted on the …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: September 27, 2015

-Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time-B –   Numbers 11: 25-29 James 5: 1-6 Mark 9: 38-43, 47-48 Walt Disney was known to be a ruthless film editor. He felt that if something in the filming got in the way of the story’s flow it should be cut out – even if the scene itself was …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: September 20, 2015

-Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time-B –     Wisdom 2: 12, 17-20 James 3: 16-4: 3 Mark 9: 30-37 “Aging is mandatory but maturing is optional.” Or so the saying goes. We can’t do a single thing about getting older. But we do have choices to make about maturing as we age. Sometimes adults can …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: September 13, 2015

-Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time-B –     Isaiah 50: 5-9a James 2: 14-18 Mark 8: 27-35 Jesus asks a very important question in today’s Gospel: “Who do you say that I am?” And Simon Peter answers: “You are the Christ – the Messiah – the Son of the Living God” [Matthew 16:16, Mark 8:30, …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: September 6, 2015

-Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time-B –     Isaiah 35: 4-7a James 2: 1-5 Mark 7: 31-37 “You really did that well!” That is a line that I think all of us like to hear from other people, whether on the golf course, the football field, at a staff meeting, after giving a presentation at …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: August 30, 2015

-Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time-B –     Deuteronomy 4: 1-2, 6-8 James 1: 17-18, 21b-22, 27 Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Jesus quotes the prophet Isaiah in today’s Gospel when He says: “This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” And then Saint James tells us in today’s …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: August 23, 2015

-Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time-B –     Joshua 24: 1-2a, 15-17, 18b Ephesians 5: 21-32 John 6: 60-69   The great composer, Hector Berlioz, was conducting a concert one evening in Europe. When it came to midnight, the rules of the concert hall allowed the musicians to decide whether or not they wanted to …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: August 16, 2015

-Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time-B –     Proverbs 9: 1-6 Ephesians 5: 15-20 John 6: 51-58   For five Sundays – and this is Sunday number 4 – we read from Saint John’s Gospel, chapter 6, about Jesus, the Bread of Life. Perhaps you are getting tired of passages that sound so much alike …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: July 26, 2015

-Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time-B –     2 Kings 4: 42-44 Ephesians 4: 1-6 John 6: 1-15   So many of us use the internet to find information. Two students were having an argument over which search engine was the best. One of them said: “I really don’t like your choice because every time …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: 12 July 2015

-Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time-B –     Amos 7: 12-15 Ephesians 1: 3-14 Mark 6: 7-13   I wonder if you are ever tempted to advise God as to how He might do a better job in this world. Like, for instance, with food – wouldn’t it be great if God had put all …

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Fr. O’Connor’s Homily: 5 July 2015

-Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time-B –       Ezekiel 2: 2-5 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10 Mark 6: 1-6   My name is Father Tim O’Connor. And I come to you today as the new pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Amherst and the new administrator of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in …

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