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Third Sunday of Advent

Dear Parishioners,

     It is hard to think of Advent as a penitential season. We eat and party to excess this time of year.  We run around buying presents and we do not take the quiet time we need to reflect on the wonderful dogma of the Incarnation.  Perhaps the last thing on our mind is our spiritual lives. 

     We have a chance this week to slow down, to reflect and to receive…

Second Sunday of Advent

Dear Parishioners,

     Often, we forget that Advent is a penitential season.  We get caught up in all the gaiety of the Christmas Season and we forget we are to be preparing for the coming of the Lord.  Advent penance does not necessarily look like Lenten Penance.  We are not abstaining from fish on Sunday and fasting, but there are special considerations.

     One thing we are…

First Sunday of Advent

Dear Parishioners,

     On this First Sunday of Advent, we will be having two special ceremonies at our 9:00a.m. and 11:00a.m. Masses. At the 9:00a.m. Mass our confirmation students will be becoming candidates for confirmation. They will be promising to continue to study the teachings of the faith, they will be praying for wisdom to make a wise choice and they will also be doing ongoing…

Homily Notes for Feast of Christ the King

Feast of Christ the King.   “How Well Do We Take Care of Each Other?”

At the back of the sanctuary of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican there is a mosaic by Michael Angelo which is a depiction of the Final Judgement.  The painting is of Jesus passing sentence at the end of all time an all of humanity.  By his side is the Blessed Virgin Mary who seems to be pleading for those who are being…

Feast of Christ The King

Dear Parishioners,

     The Feast of Christ the King marks the end of liturgical year.  On this feast we remember that Jesus came to establish his kingdom.  Sometimes we speak of that “kingdom” as if we expect it to come someday.  We talk of the kingdom of heaven and we assume that we will experience that kingdom at the end of our lives.  Maybe when we speak of Jesus establishing a kingdom…

Homily Notes 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time/ “A Christian Who Made Use of his Talent”        

During this weekend there is a special event that is happening in Detroit at Ford Field. 60,000 people will be there for a religious celebration.  We do not think of religious ceremonies like this taking place in the United States.

            Solanus Casey is being beatified.  Beatification…

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     This Thursday we will be having a Thanksgiving Mass at 9:00 a.m.  The pilgrims came to America for religious freedom.  They were willing to risk everything to be able to worship their God in the manner they chose.  It would seem appropriate to begin the day with prayer. 

     Our country is troubled in so many ways right now.  We are divided by politics. …

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time………The Price of Community   

In the 21st century there seems to be an unfortunate trend. The trend is that there is a decline in social responsibility. Membership in service clubs is following off.  We have churches that are merging together. Cities have a tough time getting qualified people to run for office.  All our wonderful technology…

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     Next weekend we have what we call Offertory Commitment Weekend.  This is a weekend every year when each parishioner is asked to contemplate the offertory gift that they give to the parish. You should be receiving a mailing this week about this effort. 

     The offertory gift is part of everyone’s stewardship.  We all have been given gifts and abilities by…

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

     “He who exalts himself shall be humbled and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” I always find this gospel to be a little confusing.  I am uncertain because I read of Jesus, in the gospel, being invited to sit in the place of honor at banquets.  I hear of him having tassels on his cloak.  A woman tries to touch one of them (Matt. 9:20-21) in order that she might…