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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Through Word and Sacrament we are drawn by grace into a transforming union with the Lord Jesus, and having been justified by faith we are called to sanctification and equipped by the Holy Spirit for the good works of the new creation. We must, therefore, learn to live as faithful disciples… Read more »

Sunday 19 August 2018

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, The seven Sacraments of the New Covenant are divinely instituted instruments of grace given to the Church as the ordinary means of sanctification for believers. Receiving the Sacraments regularly and worthily is essential to the life of grace, and for this reason, faithful attendance at Sunday Mass every week (serious illness… Read more »

Sunday 12 August 2018

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, The Gospel of Jesus Christ is divine revelation, not human wisdom, and the Gospel is given to us in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition which together constitute a single divine deposit of faith transmitted authentically and authoritatively by the Bishops in full communion with the Bishop of Rome. We must surrender… Read more »

Sunday 5 August 2018

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, The Lord Jesus Christ is the crucified and risen Savior of all mankind, and no human person can fully understand his life or find his dignity and destiny apart from a personal friendship with the Lord Jesus. It is not enough to know who Jesus is; we must know Jesus. This… Read more »

Sunday 29 July 2018

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, In 2003 I drafted the Principles of Evangelical Catholicism to help shape our common life as a spiritual family, and I offer these principles to help us all become mature Christian disciples who are committed by the grace of conversion to a life of right belief, right worship, and right conduct…. Read more »

Sunday 22 July 2018

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, I am grateful beyond all telling to everyone who shared in the celebration of my ordination anniversary last weekend, and for your many cards, gifts, and expressions of support, I thank each of you most sincerely. The whole experience was an occasion of grace and joy, and I cannot imagine a… Read more »

Sunday 15 July 2018

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Twenty-five years ago this Tuesday, it was so hot and humid in Charleston that walking from your car to the church was like going for a swim. But that made the day only more memorable! I had been preparing for that day for years, and at last all was ready. Bishop… Read more »

Sunday 8 July 2018

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, A few items for your consideration: Next Sunday I will celebrate the 25th anniversary of my priestly ordination, and all are invited to share in that celebration by joining us for the Solemn Mass at 11 am, Sung Vespers at 5 pm, and a reception following Vespers in Gallivan Hall. I… Read more »

Sunday 1 July 2018

The Nativity of St John the Baptist

Dear Friends in Christ, The liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church assigns solemnities, feasts, and memorials to fixed dates in the solar calendar, and those celebrations are kept each year on the same assigned date. For example, 28 June – which falls this year on a Thursday – is the memorial of St Irenaeus of… Read more »

Sunday 24 June 2018

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Several items for your review: 1) I was ordained to the priesthood on 10 July 1993, which means that next month I will have been a priest for 25 years – 17 of them at St Mary’s! Since the actual anniversary date is on a Tuesday this year, I am moving… Read more »

Sunday 17 June 2018