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Preparing for the Eternal Moment

by Fr. Rich

So many of us like to plan our future, whether that be next week or a year from now. We like to know what is going to happen. Listening to the Gospel today, we see we cannot plan our eternal future. That time and moment is reserved to God alone. So maybe we can live […]

Vocations: Being Christ for others.

by Fr. Rich

As I read the Gospel this weekend about the poor widow who put into the collection simply two coins. These coins were nearly all she had to live on. She truly sacrificed. Today we pray for vocations, specifically, vocations to priesthood and religious life. What is a vocation to priesthood? To me, it’s giving your […]

If you were with Jesus, what would you ask for?

by Fr. Rich

The scribe in today’s Gospel asked Jesus what is the greatest commandment. Why did he ask this? Was is for knowledge or justification in his life? If you were with Jesus, what would you ask for? Would you ask for something for yourself? Or like Solomon asked for wisdom to lead God’s people. Would you […]

Christ’s goodness is all around us.

by Fr. Rich

In today’s Gospel, Bartimaeus responds to Jesus question by saying “I want to see!” I’m reminded here of the cliche, “Be careful what you ask for.” What would we see? Many people’s lives focused on the negative and so they will only see things and events that are bad, hurtful, spiteful and just plain wrong. […]

Live a life based on the words and actions of Jesus.

by Fr. Rich

Jesus said to the rich young man who wanted a guarantee to eternal life to sell what you have, give it to the poor, and then come and follow me. What does it mean to follow Jesus? Simply put it is to live a life based on the words and actions of Jesus. In the […]

Maybe yes? Maybe no?

by Fr. Rich

The rich, young man in the Gospel wanted a guarantee to get into heaven. He followed the Commandments and lived a good life. Jesus said get rid of all your riches and then come follow me. The young man couldn’t do it. Do you think you can give up all your possessions and follow Jesus? […]

“Respect Life” is more than just a catchphrase.

by Fr. Rich

Today is Respect Life Sunday. “Respect Life” is more than just a catchphrase. It needs to be a way of living. Respect life. Not just in the womb, but everywhere, at every time, in all circumstances — within our families, our communities, our schools, and the places we work and do business. It means treating […]

Standing on God’s side.

by Fr. Rich

At the height of Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was asked to lead a large gathering of Union forces in a prayer to God that He might be on their side. Lincoln stood up and said: “Sir, I am not really concerned about whether God is on our side. I am very concerned whether we are […]

Is God asking you to be his messenger to someone today?

by Fr. Rich

Mark had just gotten off a commuter train when an older woman asked for directions. She was supposed to meet a friend who was taking a particular bus to a particular spot near the train station. She had some trouble with the English language, and the instructions from her friend were not great. Mark walked […]

Start of a new school year and our CCD Classes.

by Fr. Rich

Today we invite the children together to start off a new school year and our CCD Classes. Do you know what the letters CCD stand for? It means Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. A mouthful to say religion classes. Our children, who don’t attend Catholic School, attend these classes once a week over the course of […]