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Christmas Stewardship

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 12/23/16

So This Is Christmas? An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for Christmas

“And so this is Christmas and what have you done? Another year over, a new one just begun.” -John Lennon

This year marks my 48th Christmas!

Forty-eight times I have celebrated the feast of God becoming man in the Incarnation. ... Read More »

Christmas 2016

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 12/20/16

What are you doing for Christmas?  

Homily for Third Sunday of Advent 2016

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 12/12/16

Several years ago a parishioner sent me an email which,

with his permission, I shared with you once before.

I offer it again to you today as we hear St. James’ words this morning/evenng:Be patient, brothers and sisters… you must be patient…

Those are the words of St. James;

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Homily for 2nd Sunday of Advent 2016

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 12/04/16

So, what do you think you’re getting for Christmas this year?

--  not what you’re getting for others --

but on Christmas morning,

what do you think you might find under the tree, tagged for you?

Maybe you won’t have a tree.

Perhaps you no longer exchange gifts with others

or have others with whom to exchange ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Advent

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 12/04/16

And so we light the second candle on the Advent Wreath.  If you have a wreath at home, pray for faith as you light the first and second candles each day this week. If you don't have an Advent Wreath - light any candle and pray for faith. If ... Read More »

Stewardship for September, 2016

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 9/18/16

If you find this gospel passage a little confusing,that means you were paying close attention!St. Luke offers us here a number of Jesus’ sayingsabout wealth and money and he attaches them allto this parable of the shrewd steward.So we might walk away, scratching our heads, wondering:what’s the difference between ... Read More »

Stewardship Reflections

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 9/01/16

God is God and I Am NotAn Everyday Stewardship Reflection for 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016I really loved watching Tim Russert, former NBC News Washington bureau chief and moderator of Meet the Press, who passed away in 2008. I guess what I loved the most about him was ... Read More »

Prayers for a slain Priest

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 7/28/16

A priest is sometimes called an alter Christus (another Christ)who acts in persona Christi (in the person of Christ).When celebrating the Eucharist a priest offers, sacramentally,the sacrifice Jesus offered, once, and for all, on the altar of the Cross: his Body and Blood.An 85 year old priest in St.-Étienne-du-Rouvray, ... Read More »

Deacon Bill's Homily for July 3

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 7/04/16

Anybody who’s ever packed the car for a family vacation has to be scratching their heads a little at today’s Gospel.

“Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals” sounds really foreign to anyone who’s squeezed four suitcases, two duffels, a sleeping bag or two, a camera bag and ... Read More »

A Reflection for the Summer Solstice

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 6/21/16

H/T to Austin from Boston

 Let’s pause and pray…Come summer with me, Lord,come summer deep down in my soul…   Restore my faith in summer’s time, in rest, in joy, in play, in you. Summer in my heart, Lord, and dwell there as if the summertime would never end, as ... Read More »