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Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, During the Summer of Shame, Catholics around the world learned that for many decades too many bishops and priests had failed to live as faithful Christians and had abused those entrusted to their care. The despicable crimes of these wolves in shepherd’s clothing were also a violation of the solemn promises… Read more »

Sunday 21 October 2018

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Beginning in late November, we will be live streaming our 11 am Sunday Mass on the church’s Facebook page and placing a recording of the same on our YouTube channel. For several years we have received requests to provide this sort of service, and technological development has now made it possible… Read more »

Sunday 14 October 2018

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Being accountable to other people is not something most of us enjoy, but there is zero possibility of living a life of authentic Christian discipleship apart from such accountability – both of our beliefs and of our behavior. One essential component of being a faithful Catholic is attending Mass each Sunday,… Read more »

Sunday 7 October 2018

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, The current controversies in the Church have placed many faithful Catholics in a position to which they are unaccustomed: namely, having grave disagreements with the pope about some of his policies and decisions and even having doubts about the capacity of the man now on the Chair of Saint Peter to… Read more »

Sunday 30 September 2018

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, In my preaching and teaching, I urge all Catholics to read and study the Bible regularly, and from those who accept that invitation, I often get this question: Which Bible should I use? Today I write to suggest three different books, each containing the same translation of Holy Scripture. The Bible… Read more »

Sunday 23 September 2018

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, All the baptized are sent in the Great Commission to be witnesses of Christ to others and must be equipped by the Church to teach the Gospel in word and deed. An essential dimension of true discipleship is the willingness to invite others to follow the Lord Jesus and the readiness… Read more »

Sunday 16 September 2018

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Being a follower of Christ requires moving from being a Church member by convention to a Christian disciple by conviction. This transformation demands that we consciously accept the Gospel as the measure of our entire lives, rather than attempting to measure the Gospel by our experience. Personal knowledge of and devotion… Read more »

Sunday 9 September 2018

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Receiving the Sacraments without receiving the Gospel leads to superstition rather than living faith, and the Church must therefore take great care to ensure that those who receive the Sacraments also receive the Gospel in its integrity and entirety. Consequently, before Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, and Marriage are administered, there must… Read more »

Sunday 2 September 2018

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, The sacred liturgy, through which the seven Sacraments are celebrated and the Hours of praise are prayed, makes present to us the saving mysteries of the Lord Jesus. The liturgy must therefore be celebrated in such a way that the truth of the Gospel, the beauty of sacred music, the dignity… Read more »

Sunday 26 August 2018

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