Superhero Pointing Out Christ

As many of you know I recently had a surgery to repair a hernia. But some complications required that I be admitted to the hospital. I was supposed to be home in time for the Price Is Right, but instead I was stuck in the hospital until I completed a checklist of requirements that would prove I was ready to go home. I wanted out fast so I ate everything they placed before me, I walked the hallway every couple of hours, and when they asked if I wanted pain medication, I replied, “Pain? What pain?” One nurse asked me, “Are you Superman?” and I replied, “I’m not Superman, but I just had a Kevlar mesh installed inside of me and I’m pretty sure that makes me Batman.”

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Benjamin Paul

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher November 29, 2015 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Benjamin Paul, son of Lindsey and Ronald, at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

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

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Glenn Benjamin

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher October 25, 2015 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Glenn Benjamin, son of Kimberly and Glenn, at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

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

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Natalie Jane

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher October 25, 2015 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Natalie Jane, daughter 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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Pope Francis’ Message to Us (U.S.)

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on September 26 and 27, 2015 at the 6:00pm (vigil), 8:00am and 10:30am Masses

There are so many groups to which we can belong. Now that the Pirates have clinched their third consecutive playoff berth and won again yesterday, the group of people that call themselves Pirates fans is growing. It used to be so much smaller. On Friday nights many of us part of the group of people that have a favorite football team and/or band that we support and root for. Some of us are an alumnus of a college or university. We also might be members of a club, support a charity or cause, and be registered as a Republican or a Democrat. We all have reasons why we chose one group over another and why it is better than another group we could have chosen. Even groups for which we belong and had no choice of whether we are members or not, like our family and our nationality, we have strong feelings about them and why they are so important to us.

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Don’t Give Up, God is at Work!

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on August 9, 2015 at the 8:00am and 10:30am Masses

A magician worked for a cruise line and because each trip the ship made had a completely new audience, the magician did the same tricks over and over. Now the captain had a parrot that watched every magic show and quickly figured out how each trick was done. So during each performance the parrot would shout out how each trick was done. “The rabbit is in a different hat under the table.” “He was hiding the ace of spades up his sleeve.” Needless to say the magician was furious because every show was ruined. But it was the captain’s parrot and so he could do nothing.

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Jesus Our Hero

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on June 27, 2015 at the 6:00pm Mass and on June 28, 2015 and the 8:00am and 10:30am Masses

When I was young I got to see one the greatest events one of my lifetime, you might be thinking the moon landing, but I am of course talking about the day Franco Harris came to Butler. Few people probably remember that day in the early 1970’s at George Kerr’s Appliance Store on North Main Street, but one 7 year old will never forget that day because Franco was (and is) his favorite football player.

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Theodore Robert

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher June 7, 2015 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Theodore Robert, son of Sarah and Michael at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

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

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Mason Woods

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher June 7, 2015 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Mason Woods, son of Lauren and Zachary at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

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

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Remain in Jesus

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on May 2 and 3, 2015 at the 6:00PM (Vigil) and 8:00AM and 10:30 AM Masses

Last Friday a friend of mine asked me what I had planned for the weekend and I told him that I was going on retreat with the men from my parish and as best I could I tried to describe what a retreat is to him. When I was done he said, “That sounds absolutely awful! It would be like being in jail. Trapped all weekend in a monastery with nothing to do but sit around, go to Mass, pray, and read; with no place to go and no contact with the outside world; with no computer, television, or Penguin playoff game to watch (which in hindsight was probably one of the blessings of the weekend).

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The Love of Divine Mercy

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on April 12, 2015 at 3:00PM Divine Mercy Service with Adoration

Kids today face some difficult challenges from bullying, but back in the day I, and probably many of you as well, experienced some difficult bullying in school.   I am speaking of wedgies, noogies, and the dreaded Indian burn. If you don’t know what they are I will just say that they are very painful.

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Our Priceless Relationship with Jesus

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on March 24, 2015 at 7:00PM Penance Service

I was at the gas station one day and a man came up to me and gave me a one million dollar bill. It’s not real of course, but it looks real. It even has serial numbers and Grover Cleveland on it. I framed it not only because it looks so real, but so that I can always remember my encounter with the man who gave it to me.

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Brigit Kelly

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher March 22, 2015 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Brigit Kelly, daughter of Kelly and Eric at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

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

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Jack Anthony

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher March 22, 2015 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Jack Anthony, daughter of Charlana and Charles at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

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

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There Are Many Laws, But One Truth

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on March 8, 2015 at the 8:00AM and 10:30AM Masses

The current federal laws fill 52 leather-bound volumes, and two new volumes have yet to be printed. There are an estimated five thousand different crimes that can be committed if these laws are broken. That doesn’t even include state or local laws. For example, I cannot own chickens because Richland Township requires you to have at least 2 acres of land to have them. There are so many laws, and yet their numbers are growing all the time. A coworker was pulled over by the police this past week because they had only cleared enough ice and snow from their windshield to make just a very small hole, but they did not receive a ticket because there is no law about requiring you to have clean windows to drive. Thankfully a couple of days ago, a bill requiring people to clear off their vehicles of ice and snow before driving them was put together. There are so many laws to make sure that we do the right thing, and so often we are not doing the right thing.

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After the Ashes Are Washed Away

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on February 18, 2015 on Ash Wednesday at the 5:00PM Liturgy of the Word Service

After Mass this morning a woman told me that a girl from the school was in the restroom attempting to make the cross on her forehead as big as the cross her classmate had on her forehead. “Your cross is so nice and big and mine is so little,” the girl said. So she decided that the best thing to do would be to use water to help make the cross bigger, but all she succeeded to do was to wash it off.

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Nothing Is Ordinary When Jesus Is Involved

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on January 17 and 18, 2015 on the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) at the 4:00PM (Vigil), 8:00AM, and 10:30AM Masses

Each year about half of us make New Year’s resolutions to improve our lives and ourselves, whether it’s to lose weight, exercise, quit smoking; or maybe it’s to be more happy and less stressed, or being more patient, loving, and forgiving. Each day I can see many people working on their resolutions. Despite the cold weather when I look out the window at home I can see more people walking and running. As I walk past the gym downtown the windows are all steamed up from all the weight training, treadmill running, and stationary bike work going on inside. But according to a recent news story that I read people are already breaking their resolutions, over half of them will be broken by the end of the month, and less than ten percent of them will succeed.

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God Is With Us

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on December 20 and 21, 2014 on the Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year B) at the 4:00PM (Vigil), 8:00AM, and 10:30AM Masses

I work at PNC and we have to use up all of our vacation days before the end of the year and so I took a day off his past week to go to the movies. I liked two choices: a movie based on my favorite book growing up (The Hobbit) and a movie based on my favorite book as an adult (The Bible). I chose to go the spiritual route and so I and a mostly empty bus from a local Baptist church watched the movie Exodus: Gods and Kings, a modern retelling of the story of Moses. It’s a good movie, but because of the special effects and the battle scenes, the movie is closer to The Hobbit than it is to The Ten Commandments, and so I really got to see both movies at the same time.

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Ethan Scott

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher December 14, 2014 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Ethan Scott, son of Christine and Scott at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

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

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Leah Renee

BAPTISM

Holy Sepulcher December 14, 2014 11:45AM

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

Baptism Holy Sepulcher

I baptized Leah Renee, daughter of Emily and James at Holy Sepulcher Parish.

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

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All Souls Is About Faith, Hope, and Love

HOMILY

Preached at Holy Sepulcher Parish on November 1 and 2, 2014 on the Feast of the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls) at the 4:00PM (Vigil), 8:00AM, and 10:30AM Masses

Heaven Is For Real is the story of a young boy named Colton who has a near death experience during an emergency operation on his appendix. It was written by Colton’s father and it became a number one bestselling book and a hit movie. It describes Colton’s visit to heaven and everything he saw and did while he was there. For example:

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Anna Ruth

BAPTISM

St. Teresa of Avila November 1, 2014 12:00PM

I baptized Anna Ruth, daughter of Amanda and Colin at St. Teresa of Avila Parish.

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

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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

BULLETIN

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?

BULLETIN

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

BULLETIN

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

BULLETIN

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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