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A prayer for a divided nation

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 10/01/18

This past weekend, at the Masses for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time, I shared a prayer composed by a friend in light of the events of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings.  Many people have asked for a hard copy of the prayer.  This is the best I can ... Read More »

Fr Gene's homily in light of the Abuse Revelations

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 8/19/18

Homily for August 20th, 2018


Each year many parishes sponsor a summertime religious education program known as Vacation Bible School.  It’s usually a two-week program, and each year has a different theme.  One year, it was EXPLORING.  Another it was TRAVELLING to find Jesus.  This year the theme ... Read More »

Homily for 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time, 2018

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 8/02/18

Think about this for a minute: of all the people in the history of humankind, is there a person you wish you might have been? Well, I could name several people I wish I might have been but certainly in the top ten would be this little boy with ... Read More »

Homily for 6th Sunday of Easter With First Communions

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 »

Homily for Saint Anselm Feast

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 »

Fr Gene's Homily for March 11, 2018

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 »

Sunday January 14 2018

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 »

Getting Ready for New Year's

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 »

Homily for 1st Sunday of Advent 2017

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 »

Homily for 32 Sunday of Ordinary Time--November 19, 2017

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 »