Homilies and messages from the Pastor

September 1, 2019 - Pastor Message 09/01/2019

“Then children were brought to Jesus that he might lay hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these’” (Matthew 1314).

July 14, 2019 - Pastor Message 07/14/2019

THE YEAR OF PRAYER PART 20: THE LORD’S PRAYER (CONT.) “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name” (Matthew 6:9).

July 7, 2019 - Pastor Message 07/07/2019

THE YEAR OF PRAYER PART 19: THE LORD’S PRAYER “Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray as John taught his disciples’” (Luke 11:1).

June 16, 2019 - Pastor Message 06/16/2019

The purpose of all prayer is ultimately greater communion with God. God has given us no greater way to do this than through the gift of the Body and Blood of his Son in the Eucharist.

Pastor Message - June 9, 2019 06/09/2019

“When the disciples had gathered together, they asked Jesus, ‘Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He answered them, ‘It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authorit

June 2, 2019 - Pastors Message 06/02/2019

“I recognized that there is nothing better than to be glad and to do well during life. For every man, moreover, to eat and drink and enjoy the fruit of all his labor is a gift of God” (Ecclesiastes 3:12 13)

May 19, 2019 - Pastor Message 05/19/2019

 “Then the angel said to Mary, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord wil

May 12, 2019 - Pastor Message 05/12/2019

“Honor your father and your mother, that you may have a long life in the land which the Lord, your God, is giving you” (Exodus 20:12).

May 5, 2019 Pastors Message 05/05/2019

“When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved, he said to his mother,  ‘Woman,  behold  your  son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home” (John 19:2627).

April 28, 2019 - Pastor Message 04/28/2019

“Encourage souls to say the chaplet which I have given you...Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death...Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he we

April 21, 2019 - Pastor Message 04/21/2019

“At daybreak on the first day of the week the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were puzzling ove

April 14, 2019 - Pastor Message 04/14/2019

“With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones” (Ephesians 6:18). The term “chaplet” refers to a string of beads used to keep track

April 7, 2019 - Pastor Message 04/07/2019

“All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and his brothers” (Acts 1:14).

March 31, 2019 - Pastor Message 03/31/2019

“Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice greatly with her, all you who mourn over her” (Isaiah 66:10).

March 3, 2019 - Pastor Message 03/03/2019

“On the twenty-fourth day of this month, the Israelites gathered together fasting and in sackcloth, their heads covered with dust. Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all who were of foreign extraction, then stood forward and confessed

February 10, 2019 - Pastor Message 02/10/2019

“So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified him” (John 19:1618).

January 13, 2019 - Pastor Message 01/13/2019

“Beloved: The grace of God has appeared, saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age, as we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of our great God and savi

January 5, 2018 01/05/2019

“When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.’

December 2, 2018 - Pastor Message 12/01/2018

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him...Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my father.

November 25, 2018 - Homily 11/25/2018

The kingship of Christ is one of servant leadership in which he does not compel us to obey him by wielding power over us but inspires us to follow him by giving his life in our service.

November 18, 2018 11/18/2018

Our prayers of thanksgiving also help us to develop a thankful attitude.

November 11, 2018 11/11/2018

November 11, the anniversary of the ending of World War I

May 27, 2018 05/27/2018

When we live in a saving relationship with Christ, we live in righteousness with God.

May 20, 2018 05/20/2018

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted

May 13, 2018 05/13/2018

Meekness in the Bible does not mean weakness or mouseyness. It refers to the spirit of those who, when facing a sit uation over which they have no control, do not grumble or complain or lash out in frustration but patiently and faithfully carry on, plac

May 6, 2018 05/06/2018

Adopting a spirit of poverty requires us to examine our hearts to see where our hopes for happiness are found.

April 29, 2018 - Pastor Message 04/29/2018

All people, not just the best - known saints and martyrs, are called to holiness , and the Holy Father offers advice on how to answer that call, whatever our state in life.

April 22, 2018 - Pastor Message 04/22/2018

Just as the new rabbits emerge from their burrows, so Christ emerged from the tomb, and just as the rabbits symbolize life, Christ rose from the dead that we “might have life and have it more abundantly.

April 15, 2018 - Pastor Message 04/15/2018

Like the emergence of baby chicks from the egg, Christ‟s emergence from the tomb and the emergence of the baptized from the baptismal font bring new life.

April 8, 2018 - Pastor Message 04/08/2018

The Passover, or Paschal, lamb became a symbol of God‟s saving power, bringing freedom and life out of death.

April 1, 2018 - Pastor Message 04/01/2018

Our Pastoral Plan’s first anniversary, provides a good opportunity to take a step back and examine our efforts to see the progress that we have made toward our priorities in the service of our parish mission.

March 25, 2018 03/25/2018

When we forgive one who has harmed us, we pass over the offense and reach out to the offender in order to renew the relationship that has been harmed.

March 18, 2018 03/18/2018

The sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation has its roots in Christ’s entrusting the power to forgive sins, and thus also the power to determine how best to do so, to the Church through the ministry of the apostles.

March 11, 2018 03/11/2018

Jesus entrusted his own power to forgive sins to the Church through the ministry of the Apostles.

March 4, 2018 03/04/2018

Our understanding of sin includes several different but related concepts: sin as a power, sin as a choice, and sin as a state of being.

February 25, 2018 - Pastor Message 02/25/2018

In order to appreciate how liberating going to confession can b e, we first need to understand that from which it liberates us. We need to understand sin.

February 11, 2018 - Pastor Message 02/11/2018

Our adoration of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament outside of Mass flows from and leads to more fruitful celebration of the Eucharist within Mass, deepening our participation in the paschal mystery of his saving death and resurre ction .

January 7, 2018 01/07/2018

How did the magi know that the star signified the Jewish king’s birth, and how did they even notice the star in the first place?

December 24, 2017 - Pastor Message 12/24/2017

Theological virtues are gifts from God, seeds of his divine life planted in our hearts and minds to elevate our moral attitudes and enable us to live as God’s children.

December 17, 2017 - Pastor Message 12/17/2017

Each Advent season, we respond to the call to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord in anticipation of his glorious coming at the end of time and the final judgment of this world and in grateful celebration of his humble coming 2000 years ago as an i

December 10, 2017 - Pastor Message 12/10/2017

We often experience God’s love and mercy most powerfully through the loving prayers and support of our brothers and sisters in the faith,

November 26, 2017 - Pastor Message 11/26/2017

Because Christ has conquered death, we “who are joined to him in a death like his will also share in his resurrection” (Romans 6:5).

November 19, 2017 - Pastor Message 11/19/2017

we as Christians understand death as the separation of our mortal bodies and immortal souls at the moment that the vital biological functions of our bodies cease, a breakdown resulting from original sin in contradiction to God’s plan for creation.

November 12, 2017 - Pastor Message 11/12/2017

The Catholic practice of praying for the dead has a long history that predates Christianity, as seen in the passage from 2 Maccabees above. Christ’s saving life, death, and resurrection transforms our understanding of death, and so also the practice of

November 5, 2017 - Pastor Message 11/05/2017

One of the great beauties of the Christian community is that everyone is invited. Young or old, rich or poor, black or white, Christ invites everyone to become members of his Body, the Church.

October 29, 2017 - Pastor Message 10/29/2017

The Church faithfully carries out Christ’s mission to the seriously ill today by celebrating the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, but this is not the only way that we do that.

October 15, 2017 - Pastor Message 10/15/2017

The sacrament of the anointing of the sick has a long history that predates Christianity itself. Ancient peoples believed that oils from plants, especially olive oil, had medicinal power, and so sick persons would be anointed with oil or even consume it.

October 1, 2017 - Pastor Message 10/01/2017

“There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

September 24, 2017 - Pastor Message 09/24/2017

“Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels” (Hebrews 13:1-2).

September 17, 2017 - Pastor Message 09/17/2017

We should participate in the RCIA because of the grace that we receive from doing so. Certainly those who are joined to Christ through the process receive the saving grace of faith and the sacraments, but the grace of the process overflows too to the enti

September 10, 2017 - Pastor Message 09/10/2017

RCIA calls all of us to do our part to carry out our parish’s mission by actively participating in different ways in the RCIA.

September 3, 2017 - Pastor Message 09/03/2017

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA - the discernment of God’s Spirit, calling people to the saving water of baptism.

August 13, 2017 - Pastor Message 08/13/2017

RCIA is a “Rite,” or ritual. To be more exact, it is in fact a series of rituals, some of which are repeated many times, others which are celebrated only once, all culminating in the celebration of the sacraments of initiation: baptism, confirmation,

August 6, 2017 - Pastor Message 08/06/2017

This past week, the Church celebrated the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits, and it reminded me of tuning a piano.

July 30, 2017 07/30/2017

Burying the dead has long been a noble act and serious obligation in our faith tradition.

July 23, 2017 - Pastor Message 07/23/2017

“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).

July 16, 2017 - Pastor Message 07/16/2017

Like any living organism, we instinctively desire to continue living, and like the survival shows remind us, we will go to almost any length to ensure that.

July 9, 2017 - Pastor Message 07/09/2017

Jesus had a special concern for the sick, so much so that he cured the sick more often than any other action in his ministry except preaching.

July 2, 2017 - Pastor Message 07/02/2017

The key to renewing reverence for the sacred, then, lies in renewing faith in God, in his transcendence, and in his accessibility - in other words, evangelization.

June 25, 2017 - Pastor Message 06/25/2017

We respect, or honor through special words and gestures, those things that we consider worthy of such attention.

June 18, 2017 - Pastor Message 06/18/2017

We call the special kind of respect that we show to sacred people, like God, and sacred things, like sacraments, “reverence.”

June 11, 2017 - Pastor Message 06/11/2017

Progress in Christian discipleship, as discussed by Paul in his letter to the Philippians, always has as its goal what he calls “perfect maturity,” fully growing into the image of Christ and conforming our lives completely to his so that we can share

June 4, 2017 - Pastor Message 06/04/2017

Sacraments are outward signs of God’s grace. As such, they need to be seen and sensed in order to have their effect.

May 21, 2017 - Pastor Message 05/21/2017

We conclude our reflection on the language of the Mass this week and finally answer the question that started it all, “How many people know when St. Boniface had our first Mass in English from the Latin Mass?”

May 7, 2017 - Pastor Message 05/07/2017

The Mass, like all prayer, is a conversation, an exchange of words and ultimately persons between ourselves and God in which he communicates himself to us and we respond by communicating ourselves to him.

April 30, 2017 - Pastor Message 04/30/2017

From the earliest days of the Church, Christians celebrated the Eucharist together, though they called it the “breaking of the bread,” as we see in this passage from the Acts of the Apostles.

April 23, 2017 - Pastor Message 04/23/2017

The Sunday Masses of the Easter season have long held a special place in the Church’s calendar. They focus on the risen Christ and his appearances to his disciples, preparing them for their mission by deepening their understanding of the mystery of his

April 9, 2017 - Pastor Message 04/09/2017

On Passion Sunday, or more commonly “Palm Sunday,” we commemorate the Lord’s triumphant entrance into his own city, Jerusalem, and the beginning of the climax of his saving work, his suffering (or “passion”), death, and resurrection, which we ce

April 9, 2017 - Pastor Message 04/02/2017

One of the great beauties of the Christian community is that everyone is invited. Young or old, rich or poor, black or white, Christ invites everyone to become members of his Body, the Church.

March 26, 2017 - Pastor Message 03/26/2017

Reflect on what steps you can take to make the last three weeks of Lent better than the first three, and may God bless all our efforts this Lent and beyond to become more faithful disciples of our Lord.

March 19, 2017 - Pastor Message 03/19/2017

The word “alms” ultimately derives, by way of Old English, from the ancient Greek word eleos, meaning “pity, mercy, compassion.”

March 12, 2017 - Pastor Message 03/12/2017

The spiritual practice of fasting predates Christianity, with many examples found in the Old Testament and in other ancient religions.

March 5, 2017 - Pastor Message 03/05/2017

Rooted in the teachings of Christ, three spiritual practices, or “marks,” have traditionally marked the season of Lent: prayer, fasting, and alms giving. I would like to discuss each of these in turn over the next few weeks as we begin our Lenten jour

February 12, 2017 - Pastor Message 02/12/2017

With the laying on of hands, an ancient gesture of imparting the Holy Spirit that is still central to the rite of confirmation today, a Christian’s initiation into the Church, and into the life of grace that brings, was complete.

January 15, 2017 - Pastor Message 01/15/2017

God has a special place in his heart for migrants, especially considering that Jesus himself was once an alien, a refugee who fled to Egypt to escape the murderous wrath of King Herod.

January 8, 2017 - Pastor Message 01/08/2017

The story of the magi and their visit to the infant Jesus forms an essential part of our celebration of Christmas.

January 8, 2017 - Pastor Message 01/08/2017

The story of the magi and their visit to the infant Jesus forms an essential part of our celebration of Christmas.

January 1, 2017 - Pastor Message 01/01/2017

Father Time, wizened by the experiences of the past year - some good, some bad – hands off the human race to Baby New Year, whose future is full of uncertainty but also hope. In this classic changing of the guard, we are given another opportunity to ref

Pastor Message: December 18, 2016 12/18/2016

While we cannot speed up the arrival of our annual celebration of Christ’s coming into the world – December 25th is still a week away, regardless of what we do - if we want Christ to come and make his dwelling with us today, we need to prepare the way

Pastor Message: November 27, 2016 11/27/2016

“Lord God, your Church joyfully awaits the coming of its Savior who enlightens our hearts and dispels the darkness of ignorance and sin. Pour forth your blessings upon us as we light the candles of this wreath; may their light reflect the splendor of Ch

Pastor Message: November 13, 2016 11/13/2016

“I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the Gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you w

Pastor Message; November 6, 2016 11/06/2016

A person who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain for at least one hour before Holy Communion from any food and drink, except for only water and medicine…The elderly, the infirm, and those who care for them can receive the Most Holy Eucha

Pastor Message: October 9, 2016 10/09/2016

A society that values life and the unique dignity of every human person will produce a culture that supports life in its fullness.

Pastor Message: October 2, 2016 10/02/2016

Let us pray for our divided country during this heated election season that a shared respect for one another, and for the sanctity of church property, may prevail over our many differences.

Pastor Message: September 25, 2016 09/25/2016

“They made kings, but not through me. They set up princes, but I knew it not. With their silver and gold they made idols for their own destruction” (Hosea 8:4).

Pastor Message: September 18, 2016 09/18/2016

If you want to know what we believe as Catholics about God, Jesus, the Church, and our own life, then get to know Catholic prayer.

Pastor Message: September 10, 2016 09/11/2016

If you wish, you can be taught; if you apply yourself, you will be shrewd. If you are willing to listen, you will learn; if you give heed, you will be wise . . . Reflect on the precepts of the Lord, let his commandments be your constant meditation; then h

Pastor Message: September 4, 2016 09/04/2016

This Labor Day, as we reflect on the meaning and dignity of human labor, may we recommit our work, whatever it might be, to the service of God’s Kingdom by dedicating our work, and ourselves, to the loving service of God and our neighbor.

Pastor Message: August 28, 2016 08/28/2016

God’s love and mercy for us is unfathomable; no matter how far we stray from God, he leaves the ninety-nine obedient sheep in the wasteland and comes running after us, wanting nothing more than to bring us home.

Pastor Message: August 21, 2016 08/21/2016

The summer Olympics conclude this weekend, and, in spite of some problems, including long lines, misdirected traffic, and green swimming pools, the games have offered all of the top-notch competition and thrilling finishes that fans of this quadrennial ev

Pastor Message: August 14, 2016 08/14/2016

The service of our emergency responders does more than just protect our person and property. For those of faith, we can see in their example an image of the ultimate watchman, whose voice cries out to save us from the darkness of sin and whose self-sacrif

Pastor Message August 7, 2016 08/07/2016

When we take part in healthy recreational activities, we reshape and recharge our tired minds and bodies, worn out from work and study and the hectic busy-ness of our daily lives.

Pastor Message: July 31, 2016 07/31/2016

May we as Christ’s disciples get out there and familiarize the world with a different story, one they have forgotten or maybe never really heard, the story of Jesus, the story of peace.

Pastor Message: July 24, 2016 07/24/2016

“To the kindly and beloved master in Christ, Bishop Lull, Milret, a servant of those who serve God."

Pastor Message: July 10, 2106 07/10/2016

“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6).

Pastor Message: June 26, 2016 06/26/2016

The work of both St. Paul and St. Boniface show us the importance of adapting our own approach to the work of the Gospel. Change is a fundamental and ongoing reality of evangelization; the only question is, how do we direct this change?

Pastor Message: June 12, 2016 06/12/2016

A parish is the presence of Christ and the church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s Word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration.

Pastor Message: June 6, 2016 06/05/2016

To his brother and fellow-bishop, Cuthbert, raised to the dignity of the arch-episcopate, and united to him by the bond of spiritual kinship, Boniface, Legate for Germany and the Catholic and Apostolic Church of Rome, sends greetings of intimate love in C

Pastor Message: May 22, 2016 05/22/2016

Bishop Gregory, servant of the servants of God, to all the very reverend and holy brethren, fellow bishops, religious priests and deacons, dukes, provosts, counts and all Christian men who fear God.

Pastor Message: May 8, 2016 05/08/2016

Moved by the witness of missionaries who visited his family, Boniface burned with religious zeal from an early age. Forsaking his family’s wealth and position, he entered the monastery.