Posts by Fr. Rich

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Spiritual growth is difficult but not impossible

by Fr. Rich

Coming of age stories are as old as literature itself. From Odysseus to St. Augustine, from Tom Jones to Jane Eyre, from Celie to Harry Potter. This classic genre captures the struggles, turmoil and adventures young people experience as they mature and develop as human beings. Often these characters must come to grips with the […]

We are all children of our heavenly Father

by Fr. Rich

Jesus says in today’s Gospel,”Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” These words of Jesus tell us to trust in Him and He will carry the load, He will ease our burdens. But sometimes we take these words of Jesus and now say that we are […]

Independence Day Weekend

by Fr. Rich

This weekend is our Independence Day Weekend and usually a lot of picnics, parties and family gatherings are planned. Enjoy your festivities but please be careful. Masks and social distancing can put a damper on things, but you and your family’s health, safety and well being are more important. Enjoy and be careful.

June 28th, 2020

by Fr. Rich

When we think about Christianity, the prophets and disciples are always the first things that come to mind. Yet it was their persevering faith that led to the spread of Christianity amid difficult times. In today’s Gospel, we are told to put God above everyone and everything else. That’s a lofty challenge for us as […]

Feast of the Body & Blood of Christ

by Fr. Rich

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Body & Blood of Christ. It is truly the feast of the Eucharist. At the Last Supper, Jesus said: “Do this in memory of Me.” Our Eucharist is a daily opportunity to live and retell what we are thankful for. For the word Eucharist means thanksgiving. Each celebration […]

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

by Fr. Rich

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity: Father, Son and HolySpirit. We don’t need a theological explanation of what the Trinity is. But maybe we need to know that God as Trinity acts in our lives: Creating (Father), Redeeming (Son), and Sanctifying (Holy Spirit) each and every one of us. In today’s […]

Feast of Pentecost

by Fr. Rich

Today is the Feast of Pentecost. It is called the Birthday of the Church. And it is the day we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon those first apostles and upon us all. What does it mean to have the Holy Spirit come to you? For those first apostle, it meant that their […]

Feast of the Ascension

by Fr. Rich

This past Thursday we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension. In Acts 1:9 it says Jesus “was lifted up, and a cloud took Him from their sight.” Then two angels addressed the apostles asking why they are just standing there looking at the sky. We lose things in our lives that are valuable to us. […]

Memorial Day Weekend

by Fr. Rich

This is Memorial Day Weekend. We would usually have a memorial service remembering and honoring our veterans. But due to covid-19, this service will not be held. But that doesn’t mean we cannot remember to honor our veterans. Since its first official observance on May 5, 1868, when it was called Declaration Day, it has […]

Jesus promises an Advocate (Holy Spirit) to those who believe in Him.

by Fr. Rich

This is the Sixth Sunday of Easter. Do you believe that we have spent the entire Easter Season and half of our Lenten Journey at home away from church distancing ourselves from one another? In today’s Gospel, Jesus promises an Advocate (Holy Spirit) to those who believe in Him. This Holy Spirit is truly a […]