Logan Thomas

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher October 26, 2014 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Logan Thomas, son of Anna and Samuel at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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Our Lady of the Rosary

REFLECTION

The Our Lady of Lourdes rosary that led to my becoming Catholic

The Our Lady of Lourdes rosary that led to my becoming Catholic

Reflection posted on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary October 7, 2014

On Saturday, September 6, 2014, I was privileged to speak before the Apostolate of Fatima after the First Saturday Mass about my conversion to Catholicism.  Because I was giving my story to an organization devoted to Our Lady and because I became Catholic through a rosary, I focused my talk on my conversion through the rosary and my relationship with Our Lady.  But because I wanted those in attendance to get more out of my talk than listening to me talk about myself, I also applied the talk to how a relationship with our lady helps us to get through life and to grow in spirituality.  We are all on our own personal journey and the Blessed Mother helps us along the way.  Pope Francis has said, “If any Christian does not think of Mary as his or her own mother, then they are an orphan.”  The Blessed Mother, Our Lady of the Rosary, draws everyone to the family of God.  What follows is a very short summary of the points I made (or was going to make because time was short).

The Annunciation

Mary is a perfect example of doing God’s will.  She received her mission from the angel at the Annunciation, she first asked, “How?” and after being told, simply said, “Let it be done to me according to your word.”  Each of us has our own annunciation, our mission from God, and while ours probably will not be delivered by an angel, unlike Mary who was on a spiritual level that allowed her to readily receive angels into her life (we would probably be terrified!), we are being called for a specific mission and role that involves our own individual talents and abilities in a way that no one else can.  She can help us to discern God’s will for our lives, to listen to that voice inside our hearts, so that we can find out what our mission is and how we are to lead it out.

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Peter Donald

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher October 5, 2014 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Peter Donald, son of Donald and Helen, at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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Prayer in the Dark Chapel

REFLECTION

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Reflection during Diocese of Pittsburgh Deacon and Spouse Retreat September 12, 2014

Tonight I went alone to the chapel to pray before Night Prayer was scheduled to begin.  As I entered it was very dark, only two faint lights in the rear of the chapel and the sanctuary candle in front near the tabernacle were the only lights available.  I had come from the evening social in the bright dining room to the chapel where I found myself stumbling to find a pew in the dark.  But I did settle in place for what I thought would be thirty minutes or so of me feeling uncomfortable and alone in the dark.

However, as I began to pray I noticed that I was not alone, there were other human forms around me!

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Carregan Emily

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher August 17, 2014 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Carregan Emily, daughter of Cassandra and Joshua, at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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Anoushka Jane

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher August 16, 2014 7:15PM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Anoushka Jane, daughter of Kimberly and Matthew, at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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Rowan Joseph

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher August 9, 2014 7:15PM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Rowan Joseph, son of Shannon and Lawrence at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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My Brush with God

Christ the Savior by Deacon David Miller

Christ the Savior by Deacon David Miller

Pictured here is an icon of Christ the Savior that somehow through the grace of God came from my very hands (and the help of Sister Rosaire!). This is the story of my brush with God, how I came to paint an image of Jesus and how the process deepened my relationship with our Lord.

After Mass one weekend Gerogette Belobrajdic, a parishioner of Holy Sepulcher Parish, asked me to bless some icons that she had brought with her. I love icons and after blessing them I complimented her on their beauty and asked where she had purchased them so that I might get one for myself. She informed me that she had painted them herself at an icon class she had taken with Sister Rosaire Kopczenski at the Sisters of St. Francis in Millvale, just outside of Pittsburgh.

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The Eternal Gift of the Kingdom of Heaven

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Published as a column in the Holy Sepulcher Bulletin for July 27, 2014

Just like last week, today’s gospel includes three parables about the kingdom of heaven.  But today’s parables differ because each of them are told from the viewpoint of individuals who recognize that they have found or collected something that is worth far more than they could have ever imagined or hoped for.  So they will spend the time, cost, and effort necessary to secure it for themselves.

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Lucy Claire

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher July 27, 2014 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Lucy Claire, daughter of Emma and Cory at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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My TV Appearance on The Journey Home

The Journey Home set with Karen and host Marcus Grodi

The Journey Home set with Karen and host Marcus Grodi

The Journey Home is a program on the Catholic network EWTN that each week features a guest who tells their journey of faith into the Catholic Church. This coming Monday, July 28 at 8 pm ET I will be appearing on the show to tell my story of entering the Catholic Church after growing up a Protestant Lutheran. The story involves a rosary, a robbery, and a number of important people, most of whom I forget to mention, and just about everyone I actually do mention, I forget to mention by name (including my wife Karen!).

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Pro-Life Newsletter

NEWS

Dianne Machesney is the chair of the St. Teresa of Avila Parish (Pittsburgh, PA) Pro-Life Committee and about 12 years ago she started doing a monthly newsletter of pro-life issues for the parish bulletin.  The newsletter has expanded to include other Catholic parishes and non-Catholic churches to educate and keep life issues on people’s radar.

If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter for yourself, your parish, or your church you can contact Dianne at diannem15237@aol.com.

Here are the most recent editions in PDF Format:

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

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What’s It Like in Heaven?

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Published as a column in the Holy Sepulcher Bulletin for July 20, 2014

We all have ideas of what heaven is going to be like for us one day. An avid reader might picture heaven to be a library or bookstore with every available title. A golfer might picture heaven as endless rounds of golf on perfectly manicured fairways and greens. Someone who likes to travel or someone who spends a great deal of their life working probably pictures heaven as an endless vacation resting on a sunny beach or hiking, biking, or camping among gorgeous mountains or other beautiful scenery. Certainly each one of us looks forward to meeting our Lord, getting reacquainted with our loved ones, and spending eternity without pain, suffering, illness, or loss at the banquet of heaven. We each have thoughts about heaven and our visions reflect a hope that we are one day going to spend eternity enjoying ourselves in a most wonderful place.

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Valentina Gabriella

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher July 20, 2014 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Valentina Gabriella, daughter of Laura and Justinian at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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Benjamin Nicholas

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher July 19, 2014 7:15PM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Benjamin Nicholas, daughter of Elizabeth and Aaron at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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Preparing to Receive the Seed of God’s Grace

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Published as a column in the Holy Sepulcher Bulletin for July 13, 2014

Anyone that has ever tried to get grass to grow on a bare spot in their lawn knows how difficult and what a time consuming process this can be. You have to make sure that before you plant any seed that the area is well prepared. You have to rake to remove rocks and loosen the soil to the proper depth and put extra nutrients into the ground with compost or fertilizer. After scattering seed over the area you must keep the area moist by watering it at least once a day for a couple of weeks, keep the area clear of foot traffic and birds, and remove any weeds that sprout up that will take moisture and nutrients from the seedlings. You have to nurture the grass for it to grow properly. It is a lot of work, but your results depend on how much work you are willing to put into it.

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Ava Elise

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher July 13, 2014 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Ava Elise, daughter of Vanessa and Christopher at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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Resting in Jesus This Summer

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Published as a column in the Holy Sepulcher Bulletin for July 6, 2014

We are now well within the summer vacation season, our time to get away from our busy lives and simply relax. But Jesus says in today’s gospel:

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.

Today’s gospel is a reminder for us that we truly rest only when we rest in our Lord. So whether we are heading out to a city, park, or beach for a quick weekend getaway or a two-week dream vacation, when we get away from it all, we should not include our faith and our Sunday obligation among the things we are getting away from.

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Alice Olivia

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher June 29, 2014 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Alice Olivia, daughter of Maura and Robert at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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Why the Eucharist?

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on June 21 and 22 on the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ at the 6:00PM (Vigil), 8:00AM, and 10:30AM Masses

On this important feast I thought that we should reflect on the question, “Why the Eucharist?” First, there are many ways that our Lord could be made present for us at Mass. For example, the Eucharist could be a simple religious ceremony where we are symbolically anointed with oil, sprinkled with dirt and ashes, or covered with the aroma of incense. Yet why does Christ come to us in a Eucharistic meal? Next, because this is a meal there are almost an unlimited number of different foods and beverages that our Lord could make himself present for us, everything from simple water to Father John’s famous pasta and sauce. So why does Jesus give us his body and blood in the form of bread and wine? Finally, we all have a number of ways that we can have an encounter with our Lord: in prayer, in the gospel (the word made flesh), in confession, and so on. But why does Christ give us the gift of his very self in the Eucharist? Today on this feast of Corpus Christi we reflect on our intimate encounter with the divine, with our Lord Jesus Christ, in the most holy Eucharist.

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Harrison Edward

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher May 31, 2014 7:15PM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Harrison Edward, son of Amanda and Nicholas at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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Cora Louise

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher May 25, 2014 11:45AM

Cora Louise

Cora Louise Baptism

I baptized Cora Louise, daughter of Sarah and David at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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If We Are Eating Vegetables, God Is Probably Eating Vegetables

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on May 24 and 25 on the 6th Sunday of Easter Cycle A at the 6:00PM (Vigil), 8:00AM, and 10:30AM Masses

A little girl came up to the priest as he was greeting parishioners after Mass, and said, “This week during religion class we learned that God is bigger than anything. Is that true?” inquired the little girl.  “Yes, that’s true,” answered the priest, happy that the faith formation program seemed to be doing its job. “God is certainly bigger than anything.”  “Well for being so big, he sure is hard to find,” she said. “I’ve looked all over the place and I can’t find him.”  “You don’t have to look for God,” replied the priest. “He is inside of you.”  “I never thought to look there,” she admitted. “But if God is inside of me and God is bigger than anything, then I better get bigger to make more room for him. How can I do that?”  The priest laughed. “You make more room for God by growing spiritually. If you want to grow physically, you eat your vegetables.”  The little girl thought about it for a moment and said, “Well if God is bigger than anything he sure must like eating vegetables!”

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Isabella Marie

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher April 27, 2014 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Isabella Marie, son of Charity and Alphonsus at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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Holy Week: Our Time to Truly Believe

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on April 12 and 13 on Passion Sunday Cycle A at the 6:00PM (Vigil), 8:00AM, and 10:30AM Masses

Recently I was greeting people in the narthex one Friday night after Stations of the Cross when a woman approached me who seemed so very happy, much happier than the average Catholic who is relieved that Stations are over and the weekend can now begin. You could say she was almost joyful. She said that she had never been to Stations of the Cross before, but she had heard about them and wanted to experience them to see what they were all about. I thanked her for coming and asked her how she liked them. “Very nice,” she said. “The Passion of our Lord came alive for me and I was touched by how it was applied to my life.” Then she asked if she could keep the booklet that she still held in her hands. I thought the booklet would be a reminder of how she was touched and moved by the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord, so I let her keep it. Besides I am absolutely certain that in this situation Pope Francis would want her to have it.

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Brett Robert

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher April 6, 2014 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Brett Robert, son of Laura and Robert Ando at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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Sienna Mae

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher March 29, 2014 7:15PM

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Sienna Mae Baptism

I baptized Sienna Mae, daughter of Allyson and Patrick Reilly at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

 

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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Quenching Our Unlimited Thirst with the Infinite God

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on March 22 and 23 on the 3rd Sunday in Lent Cycle A at the 6:00PM (Vigil), 8:00AM, and 10:30AM Masses

As we listen to this gospel today it may seem too long. We live in a world of instant messages and instant gratification; a world of sound bites and 140-character tweets. In fact if Pope Francis tweeted today’s gospel it would take him about 40 tweets to do so.  We’re just so busy and our lives have so much going on in them that we have little time or patience for things that take time. We may be thinking, “Just get to the point already.  It’s been a long day.  I have stuff to do.”

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St. Joseph, the Perfect Guide for Our Lenten Journey

HOMILY

Preached at St. Catherine of Sweden Parish on March 19, 2014 on the Feast of St. Joseph at the 7:00PM Mass

I should probably say to everyone here tonight, “Merry Christmas!” After the winter that we have had this year it certainly still seems appropriate. Today’s gospel reading also makes it seem like Christmas because it takes us back to the Nativity story of our Lord Jesus Christ. But it’s not Christmas, it’s Lent. We can tell because there is no joy and so many people are sad. During Lent many of us punish ourselves by giving up things that make us happy and that can certainly make us sad. I love lots of sugar, especially in my tea, and one year I gave it up for Lent and I was miserable. Lent seemed like it was forty weeks long that year! I couldn’t wait for Lent to be over. I’ll never do that again! Also during Lent we do serious religious things like participating in the Stations of the Cross or attending Mass on Wednesday nights, things we normally don’t do the rest of the year, when we could be at home relaxing watching Survivor, American Idol, or Duck Dynasty.

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Declan Anthony

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher March 16, 2014 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Declan, son of Mary and Brian Kennihan at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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Ava Day

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher March 8, 2014 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Ava Day, daughter of Amanda and Michael at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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Reflections on the Movie “Son of God”

REFLECTION

Here are a few reflections that I have on the film Son of God having seen the movie at the theater this week.  This is not a review of any sort, we know the story and how it ends after all, and obviously if we are Christians it is a movie that we should see, if more than anything so that Hollywood makes more movies about faith and the Bible, but I thought that I would write just a few of the themes that struck me as I watched the film, such as God, love, joy, prayer, forgiveness, Mass, and Gospel.

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Braydon Edward

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher February 23, 2014 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Braydon, daughter of Rebeca and Brandon at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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Not Big Brother, But Almighty Father

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on February 15 and 16 on the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A at the 4:00PM (Vigil), 8:00AM, and 10:30AM Masses

If you have read George Orwell’s futuristic novel 1984, you know that in the story he warns about the dangers of government and technology, or more accurately the dangers of government using technology.  It is considered one of the most depressing novels ever written.  I know firsthand because it was required reading in high school, way back in 1984.  But even if you have not read the novel, you most certainly heard about Big Brother, the all-knowing government entity in the story who monitors the private lives of its citizens with constant audio and video surveillance.  The idea of a Big Brother watching over us as described in the novel seemed far-fetched in 1984, but not today.  Technology has improved to the point that much of our lives are indeed monitored and tracked by cellphones, computers, satellites, and video cameras.  These things certainly make our lives easier, safer, and more productive, but all the information gathered can be used be used against us, just as it is used against the citizens in the novel 1984.  It can make us feel concerned about our privacy.

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Salt and Light in our Marriages

HOMILY

Preached at Transfiguration Parish on February 9 for the 100th Anniversary of Transfiguration Parish Celebration of World Marriage Day on the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A at the 10:00AM Mass

Good morning!  I am Deacon David Miller from Holy Sepulcher Parish on Route 8 south of Butler.  I was ordained in June of last year.  I would like to thank Father Jim for allowing me the opportunity to serve Mass with him today and for giving me one of my most truly pressure-filled moments: preaching about marriage to my wife Karen and my in-laws, Tom and Edith Jenkins.

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Our Personal Call to Discipleship

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on January 25 and 26, 2013 for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A at the 4:00PM (Vigil), 8:00AM, 10:30AM, and 5:30PM Masses

Hello!  Or I should probably say, “Hello?” because today’s gospel is about answering a call and that is how you used to answer a call.  You said “hello” in the form of a question because before cellphones and caller ID, you had no idea who was calling.  Answering the phone used to be a gamble.  It could be anyone: friends or relatives, telemarketers, Publishers Clearinghouse, Father John, the Pope, a prankster pretending to be the Pope.  How different that is from how it is for us today.

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Zoey Grace

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher January 19, 2014 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Zoey Grace, daughter of Benjamin and Kori Szelong at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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The “Real Life” of the Holy Family

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on December 28 and 29, 2013 for the Feast of the Holy Family in Ordinary Time Cycle A at the 4:00PM (Vigil), 8:00AM and 10:30AM Masses

I hope that everyone had a blessed Christmas.  My Facebook friends had special Christmases as well.  I saw pictures of happy and smiling families, some even in matching outfits; delicious meals and refreshing drinks; homes that were all clean and festively decorated, with beautiful Christmas trees with lovely packages under them.  But Facebook is probably not an accurate portrayal of our family Christmas, because we post only the pictures we want others to see, not all the times when “real life” is happening, when things aren’t going according to our expectations.

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A Most Blessed Christmas

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Published as a message in the Holy Sepulcher Bulletin for December 22, 2013

Holy Sepulcher Christmas

Holy Sepulcher Christmas

I would like to wish all of you a most blessed Christmas!

Receive the gift of our Lord and Savior with praise and thanksgiving.  Mary your hearts be warmed by His love, may your days be brightened by his light, and may your lives reflect the joy of His gospel.

May the Lord bless you and grant you His peace, both now and throughout the coming year!

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Zoya Anika

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher December 21, 2013 5:15PM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Zoya Anika under the name Anne, daughter of Jason and Farah at Holy Sepulcher Parish.  Jason is originally from Holy Sepulcher, but the family lives in the Bay Area now.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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Christ Our King and Priority

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on November 23 and 24, 2013 for the Feast of Christ the King in Ordinary Time Cycle C at the 6:00PM (Vigil), 8:00AM and 10:30AM Masses

Today is a big day in the Church.  First, it is the feast of Christ the King, when the Church proclaims Jesus as the King of the Universe, with dominion and authority over all peoples and nations.  Second, the feast of Christ the King marks the last day of the Year of Faith that Pope Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus Benedict, instituted so that we could grow in our faith and deepen our relationship with Christ.  Lastly, the feast of Christ the King marks the end of the current Church year as next week we will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent, the start of a new Church year, as we begin our preparations for the coming of the Lord.

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Korie Autumn

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher November 3, 2013 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Korie Autumn, daughter of Lauren and Greg at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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Maggie and Tim

WEDDING

Holy Sepulcher November 2, 2013 2:30PM

I assisted at the Wedding of Maggie and Tim King that was witnessed by Father John Gizler.  May your relationship with each other and God grow throughout the years.  May the almighty God bless you both of you now and forever.  Amen!

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O God, Be Merciful to Me a Sinner

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on October 26 and 27, 2013 for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C at the 6:00PM (Vigil), 8:00AM and 5:30PM Masses

I bought a pressure washer recently.  I wanted one so that I could clean my deck and siding.  It works great, but I haven’t really used it yet except to clean a bird bath and some garden gnomes, despite having it for a month or so.  Who knew there were some many makes and models to choose from: gas or electric; cold or hot water; residential, commercial, or industrial.  Luckily I found a website that compared the prices and the pluses and minuses of all the available features of hundreds of different pressure washers so that I could buy the right one. Continue reading

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Spiritual Multitasking

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Published as a column in the Holy Sepulcher Bulletin for October 20, 2013

Today’s readings focus on two important keys for our spiritual life: Scripture and prayer.  Sacred Scripture is important because it gives “wisdom for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ” and helps us to be “competent, equipped for every good work” as Paul tells Timothy in the second reading.  Prayer is so important that Jesus teaches the disciples in today’s gospel about “the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.”  But how can we find time to obtain wisdom and deepen our faith through Scripture or pray without becoming weary in our already busy lives?  The answer is something that we are probably already doing – multitasking!

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McKenzie Jane

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher October 13, 2013 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized McKenzie Jane, daughter of Kara and Michael, who were celebrating on this very same day their one year anniversary of their marriage at Holy Sepulcher.

May the almighty God bless you and your parents now and forever.  Amen!

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Celebrating Thanksgiving Every Day

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Published as a column in the Holy Sepulcher Bulletin for October 13, 2013

Thanksgiving is coming up soon!  It is November 28 this year, just over a month away.  How are your preparations coming along?  For Canadians Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October, Monday of this week, so their preparations should be just about completed.  For practicing Jews Thanksgiving is not a day, but a week-long festival called Sukkot (pronounced Sue Coat, also known as the Festival of Tabernacles) whose date moves much like Easter does for Christians, and is held sometime between September and October.  It ended on September 25 this year, so they have already cleaned up and finished for the year.  Today’s gospel reminds us that Thanksgiving should not be a holiday or festival that lasts just a day or a week.  Today’s gospel calls us to regular Thanksgiving.

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Having Faith in the Slow Work of God

BULLETIN

Published as a column in the Holy Sepulcher Bulletin for October 6, 2013

Often during Sunday homilies priests and deacons do not cover the Old Testament readings in any detail, if at all, because the gospel is the most important reading and so it gets most, if not all, of the attention.  So I thought I would devote some time in the bulletin this week with an Old Testament reading that I believe speaks very well to us in 2013.  In today’s first reading we hear from Habakkuk (rhymes with “have a look”), a prophet who was upset about what was happening in the world around him.  Today’s reading, as in much of the short book of Habakkuk, we hear the prophet complaining very directly to God: Continue reading

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Chelsea and Adam

WEDDING

Holy Sepulcher September 28, 2013 4:00PM

Deacon David S. Miller

Deacon David S. Miller

I assisted at the Nuptial Mass of Chelsea and Adam that was witnessed by Father Michael Stumpf.

May your relationship with each other and God grow throughout the years.  May the almighty God bless you both of you now and forever.  Amen!

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McKinley Kensington

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher September 28, 2013 10:30AM

McKinley Kensington Baptism

McKinley Kensington Baptism

I baptized McKinley Kensington Chips, daughter of Dr. Timothy Chips and Leslie Korenich Chips.

May the almighty God bless you and your family now and forever.  Amen!

P.S. Dr. Chips is my dentist and he does an excellent job with your smile.

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