November 12th 2017 – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear Parishioners, In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus cautions his listeners to stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour. He warns them not to be like the foolish bridesmaids who were unprepared. They assumed they could always get more oil for their torches whenever they needed it, and that the door of […]

November 5th 2017 – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear Parishioners, Few days ago we had two beautiful celebrations in our liturgical calendar: All Saints Day and All Souls Day. For many of us, it was hard to separate All Saints’ Day from All Souls’ Day. It was, after all, a two-day celebration of the Communion of Saints. On Wednesday, we celebrated our ancestors […]

October 29th 2017 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear Parishioners, The opponents of Jesus just won’t give up! Last week, they tried to trip him up on the sticky question of taxes to Caesar. Today is a cunning attempt to lead him into a hair-splitting debate and lose him in the wilderness of the subtleties of the Mosaic Law! It is noteworthy that […]

October 22nd 2017 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear Parishioners, Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not? Jesus is asked in today’s Gospel. Matthew makes it clear that those who ask this question are interested in one thing only: how they might entrap Jesus in speech. If Jesus answered “yes,” he might forfeit his popularity with the masses, […]

October 15th 2017 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear Parishioners, Invitations with RSVPs. We all send them out. Seldom do we receive them all back. Sometimes those who don’t respond show up anyway. Other times, people respond that they will attend our event and then don’t. Occasionally, people come to an event not having read all the information and arrive at the wrong […]