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Jan 26: In Joy and Sorrow by Fr. Bill

Ever since our childhood days, we have experienced the power of a story. Whenever I preach to God’s precious little children, I like to bring a storybook with me. Truth be told, I don’t think we adults would mind having a story read to us from a beautifully illustrated book now and then. A lecture […]

Homily Connect: Jan 19

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time IS 49:3, 5-6 | 1 COR 1:1-3 | JN 1:29-34 No video today due to technical difficulties. However, you may read the Homily here. Discussion Questions Name a moment in your life when you clearly felt God’s love for you. Tell somebody about that moment. Describe a time in your […]

Jan 19: In Joy and Sorrow by Fr. Bill

Last Tuesday morning, my day was unfolding as usual. You need to know that I am a creature of habit. After my time in prayer with the Lord, with my cup of coffee and my half glass of pomegranate juice (or cranberry or V8 juice), I have my very predictable breakfast. This is always a […]

Jan 12: In Joy and Sorrow by Fr. Bill

One last time, I’d like to turn to Ann Weems and her book of Christmas poetry, titled Kneeling in Bethlehem. I must admit a certain guilt about stuffing the Holy Family into a box in the aftermath of Christmas. It’s frankly a time of personal triumph when, each Advent’s eve, I free them (and the […]

Homily Connect: Jan. 12

Baptism of the Lord IS 42:1-4, 6-7 | ACTS 10:34-38 | MT 3:13-17 Gospel: Homily: Discussion Questions Do you know when and where you were baptized or any of the details of your baptism? What do you think of the Jewish myth discussed? When has it been the easiest to remember that you are the […]

Homily Connect: Jan. 5

Epiphany of the Lord IS 60:1-6 | EHP 3:2-3A, 5-6 | MT 2:1-12 GOSPEL: HOMILY: Discussion Questions Do I believe that Jesus is the gift of gifts that could not be contained? If so, what might be my experience of this? How important is it to me that my Church have a monopoly on the […]

Jan 5: In Joy and Sorrow by Fr. Bill

If you had to guess how many Christmases I have celebrated with our family of faith here at St Mary Parish, what would you think? If you guessed six Christmases, you would be correct. It is hard to believe how fast the years fly by, especially for those of us who are older. I turned […]

Advent Homily Series 4 of 4

Forth Sunday of Advent, December 22, 2019. Catch up on the first three messages first: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 IS 7:10-14 |  ROM 1:1-7  |  MT 1:18-24 Discussion Questions Who is my protector(s)? Who do I protect? Was there a time when I did not have a protector? Describe. How does having a […]

Dec 22: In Joy and Sorrow by Fr. Bill

I treasure Ann Weem’s book of poetry, Kneeling in Bethlehem, and make a point to take it off of my shelf every Christmas Season. This book has become a good guide to my prayer during this holy time of the year. In that spirit, here is Ms. Weem’s poem titled, “What Do I Want For […]

Advent Homily Series 3 of 4

Third Sunday of Advent, December 15, 2019. Catch up on the first two messages first: Week 1 Week 2 IS 35:1-6A |  JAS 5:7-10  |  MT 11:2-11 Discussion Questions Consider someone who was a “repairperson” in your life, how did you feel Jesus’ presence at that time? What do you think were the lenses that […]

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