December 24th & 25th Christmas Eve & Christmas

Tonight we join with Christians of all denominations in celebrating the extraordinary event, which happened over 2000 years ago – the entry of God himself into human history in the person of the Infant Jesus. For a Christian there is tonight no tinsel, no glitter; there are no fairy lights...

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December 22, 2019 Fourth Sunday of Advent

This 4th Sunday of Advent is symbolic.  Today’s liturgy looks toward the coming of Christ at Christmas.    We see the fulfillment of God’s unfolding plan of redemption in the events leading up to the Incarnation, the birth of the Messiah King.  Today we celebrate the new era of salvation which begins...

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December 15, 2019 Third Sunday of Advent

All three readings today are about the coming of the Messiah. The prophet Isaiah announces that he will come; the evangelist Matthew tells us he has come; the apostle James tells us that he will come again. John the Baptist still occupies centre stage in the gospel today but now,...

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December 8, 2019 Second Sunday of Advent

What kind of Messiah did God promise to send to his people and how would he bring God’s kingdom to them?  The prophet Isaiah foresaw the day when God would raise up a Messianic King long after King David’s throne had been overthrown and vacant for centuries.  God promised that...

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December 1, 2019 First Sunday of Advent

Happy Church New Year! As we begin a new Church Year, we begin a cycle of readings from the Gospel of St. Matthew.  This means that all year we will read through the Gospel of Matthew, though sometimes we will also read some of John’s Gospel.  Since there are three...

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November 24, 2019 Christ the King Sunday

Today we celebrate Christ the King Sunday. Before I speak about our readings today I need to reemphasize one of the fundamental truths of the Christian faith. That is, that the Sacred Scriptures are the Holy and Infallible word of God. They are not simply a collection of moral writings....

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November 17, 2019 Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

A mother says to her ten years old son, “If you study hard all year and you get passing grades, next summer, I will buy you a new bicycle.” In other words, if her son does not study hard all year and he does not get passing grades, he will...

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November 10, 2019 Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary time

One of the most moving passages demonstrating fidelity to God is today’s First Reading. In it a mother and her seven sons testify that their faith in God and their fidelity to him are absolute. King Antiochus tries to get them to renounce the rules of their religion, promising them...

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November 3, 2019 Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

Everyone at some time in their life has been “too short to see”.  I don’t know anyone, Jesus included, who was born into this world at 6 foot plus in height.  When you were a child, you probably shuffled your way through the crowd to get to front to see...

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October 27, 2019 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily

The gospel account we just heard is famous, one with which we are all familiar. It tells the well-known story of the sinner who sat in the back of the Temple beating his breast while seeking mercy and the Pharisee who sat up in front reminding God what a laudable...

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