Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 5/05/18
Boys and girls: I know you all have friends and maybe some of you have best friends. I’m wondering: how do you stay friends with your friend? Let’s say my best friend’s name is Bill: how would I stay friends with Bill?• Well, of course I’d hang out ... Read More »
Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 4/21/18
We gather today on the Feast of Saint Anselm, April 21st. It’s pretty rare that our parish feast day falls on a weekend, but here we are. There aren’t a lot of stories about the actual St. Anselm, most of what we know about him are contained in some ... Read More »
Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 3/11/18
Homily for 4th Sunday of Lent, 2018
Many folks believe that our faith teaches that God is good, the world is bad - and that to love God we have to learn to hate the world. It’s an interesting proposition -- but it isn’t Christian. And, there are many ... Read More »
Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 1/14/18
Homily for January 14, 2018
2nd Sunday of Ordinal Time
Have you ever noticed, when you’re out shopping,
when you go to a register to pay for your purchases,
have you noticed how often now the clerk asks you the question,
“Did you find everything you were ... Read More »
Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 12/29/17
Could be the post-Christmas blues, Lord,or maybe some end-of-the-year doldrumsor just a little here-comes-January anxietybut whatever it isit comes my way this time each yearand leaves me 'specially in needof gifts of your grace...New Year's just aheadwith resolutions to be madewhile the three kings' journey plods along,following that eastern ... Read More »
Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 12/04/17
I love this one line from today’s first scripture reading:Would that you might meet us doing right, that we were mindful of you in our ways. In other words, Catch me when I’m having a good day, Lord!
In other words: - Stop by when I’m not wasting time on ... Read More »
Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 11/20/17
As tempting as it might be to interpret this parable in economic termsJesus’ words here are simply not about the stock market,or investment strategy or clever entrepreneurship –even if the imagery he uses is that of return on funds loaned.And if you think otherwise, just look at what happensto ... Read More »
Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 11/17/17
Thanksgiving and "the holidays" are just around the corner and for many this can be a very difficult time - especially those grieving the loss of a loved one. In one way or another, we're all getting ready for Thanksgiving: some of us are looking forward to this day ... Read More »
Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 8/28/17
These are not the keys to the kingdom of heaven!However, they are the keys to my little cornerof the kingdom on earth.
Keys are important, these keys are important to me:they open – and they keep shut.
Keys let some folks in and keys keep some folks out.
Keys ... Read More »
Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 7/31/17
HOMILY FOR 17th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME: JULY 30, 2017
What do you really, really want?
I’m thinking about Solomon and how he reacted when God told him to ask for anything. And then I began daydreaming about what I would say if God told ... Read More »