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Jul 25 Homily Connect: Just Do This

Scripture: 2Kgs 4:42-44 Eph 4:1-6 Jn 6:1-15 The Lectionary Is resource for Sunday Mass readings – based on a three year cycle Cycle A is dedicated to Matthew, Cycle B to Mark, Cycle C to Luke The Gospel of John is interspersed into the other three cycles during special times We are currently in Cycle […]

July 23: Day by Day with Father Bill

FRIDAY OF THE SIXTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME   THE DAWNING by George Herbert   Awake sad heart, whom sorrow ever drowns;      Take up thine yes, which feed on earth; Unfold thy forehead gather’d into frowns:      Thy Saviour comes, and with him mirth:                 […]

July 22: Day by Day with Father Bill

FEAST OF SAINT MARY MAGDALENE, Apostle to the Apostles Saint Mary Magdalene by Rev Malcolm Guite Men called you light so as to load you down, And burden you with their own weight of sin, A woman forced to cover and contain Those seven devils sent by Everyman. But one man set you free and took […]

July 21: Day by Day with Father Bill

WEDNESDAY OF THE SIXTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME   All this is God, right her in my pea-green house each morning and I mean, though often forget, to give thanks, to faint down by the kitchen table in a prayer of rejoicing as the holy birds at the kitchen  window peck into their marriage of […]

July 20: Day by Day with Father Bill

TUESDAY OF THE SIXTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME from Pope Francis’ homily, Holy Mass for Families, Ecuador, July 6, 2015   And this is the good news: the finest wines are yet to be tasted; for families, the richest, deepest and most beautiful things are yet to come. The time is coming when we will […]

July 19: Day by Day with Father Bill

MONDAY OF THE SIXTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME A Prayer to God of Many Names by Nancy Schaffer Because she wanted  everyone to feel included in her prayer, she said right at the beginning several names for the Holy: Spirit, she said, Holy  One, Mystery, God But then thinking these weren’t enough ways of addressing that which cannot […]

Jul 18 Homily Connect: Prayer Styles

Scripture: Jer 23:1-6 Eph 2:13-18 Mk 6:30-34 Vacation My time with my brother and his family on Tainter Lake – A God-Send I enjoyed nature as I prayed – I enjoyed a couple good novels I wrote Were Not Our Hearts Burning Within-Us – My Synod Response Shared porkchops and ribeye steaks – avoided physical […]

July 17/18: Day by Day with Father Bill – Weekend Edition

As I sit down to write this weekend edition of In Joy and Sorrow, on Monday afternoon (7/12), I am hoping that the Communication Task Force (CTF), with help from Emily Jenks, who is our Minister for Neighborhood Outreach and Parish Vitality and who represents the Senior Leadership Team on the CTF, were able to […]

July 16: Day by Day with Father Bill

FRIDAY OF THE FIFTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME BE LOVE DAY A Pledge I acknowledge three things: (1) The violence, oppression, inequity, injustice, and hate in our world has to stop. (2) I have a responsibility and role to play in creating social change for a more just, humane, equitable, and peaceful world. (3) The […]

July 15: Day by Day with Father Bill

MEMORIAL OF SAINT BONAVENTURE, BISHOP AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH from Sister Catherine McAuley, Irish, Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, in a letter to another sister, Dec 1840 I think sometimes our passage through this dear sweet world is something like the dance called Right and Left. You and I have crossed over, changed places, etc., […]

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