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We have much to be thankful for.

by Fr. Rich

A teenager got mad at her parents because they never gave her the things she wanted or needed. So she decided to leave home and go out on her own. She packed her bags. Her parents saw her and said the suit case is theirs, the phone is the daughters but the service will now […]

Trust God’s Spirit

by Fr. Rich

When Mother Teresa had to make a speech, she did not use notes or read from a prepared text. To get ready, she would simply withdraw to a church or chapel or other quiet place for a few minutes and pray. Then, when the time for her talk came, she always found the words she […]

The life of resurrection is different from existence as we know it.

by Fr. Rich

This past week we celebrated the Feast of All Saints and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed. These two celebrations together remind us of our own destiny, the promise of eternity, and the hope of enjoying the blessed vision of God’s presence forever in heaven. During November, as the earth itself seems to be […]

What would you do to see Jesus?

by Fr. Rich

Today’s Gospel tells us about Zacchaeus, a wealthy tax collector, who was curious to see Jesus. He was short in stature and knew he would not be able to see over the crowds. So he went out of his way to climb a tree just to see Jesus who then said I must stay at […]

Leave the judging to the Lord.

by Fr. Rich

In today’s Gospel: who is the bad guy and who is the good guy? The Pharisee who didn’t go away justified was the one who knew the scriptures and lived them to the letter. They taught them to others. They defended the faith and when their country was overthrown they were martyred for that faith. […]

Prayer is our means of creating a relationship with God.

by Fr. Rich

Be persistent in prayer is what Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel. But in today’s society, persistence isn’t what we do. We want answers immediately. Such as, I said a prayer this morning and by noon, nothing happened. I guess God isn’t listening! What are we looking for? What kind of answer do we expect? […]

Mass is our great prayer of Thanksgiving

by Fr. Rich

This message comes as we are trying to end the Covid-19 isolation – our own leper experience of being isolated from society. But as we come back from all this, have we taken the time to show our appreciation? For some it may have been food supplies, some stimulus checks, others live streaming Masses, and […]

Faith is a relationship of trust and love.

by Fr. Rich

“Supersize that meal” is what we say at our favorite fast food place. That means more fries and a larger soda. But to Supersize our faith is not the same as the Apostles in today’s Gospel find out. Faith is not about size or quantity as Jesus points out when He says, “If you have […]

Life is a precious gift from God.

by Fr. Rich

RESPECT LIFE WEEKEND is this weekend. Life is a precious gift from God. We are to live it fully, nurture it daily, and protect it always. Look, through the eyes of faith, at life all around you. See a women carrying her unborn child, a new life so precious. See a disabled person, maybe struggling […]

We are called to help one another.

by Fr. Rich

Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you.” (Mark 14:7) Who are the poor? Who is the Lazarus at our door? Those who sleep in the streets or in their cars? Those who eat at soup kitchens or get food at Church pantries? Those just under the poverty level? We always ask why […]