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A prayer before Thanksgiving

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 »

Homily for 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time August 27, 2017

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 »

Lessons from Solomon

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 7/31/17




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 »

Getting ready for Mother's Day 2017

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 5/11/17

Preparing for Mothers Day, May 14   Photo by Kincaid This post comes early but you might want to pray with it or share it with others in anticipation of Mothers Day 2017, this comingweekend, May 14... Mothers will be celebrated by their families this weekend in special ways. ... Read More »

Texting With God

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 5/06/17

Texting With God: 5/6   Got some time to pray today?Has it been a while since... Just too busy?God's waiting to listen...Find the time, make the time,spend the time today, in prayer...Now...     H/T to Austin from Boston

How to Receive Holy Communion

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 4/24/17

The Reception Of Holy Communion At Mass   The Church understands the Communion Procession, in fact every procession in liturgy, as a sign of the pilgrim Church, the body of those who believe in Christ, on their way to the Heavenly Jerusalem. All our lives we who believe in ... Read More »

Palm Sunday Homily 2017

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 4/12/17

Palm Sunday Homily       2017

 If somebody came from Jesus’ time, in a time machine, to this place right now, and somebody explained that this building is a space for worship and a religious ceremony was taking place—and they saw this symbol of a crucified man—they would think that we’ve ... Read More »

Fr. Gene's Homily for Feb. 12 2017, 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 2/12/17


Seems that Jesus was making some remarkable speeches

and getting a lot of attention on account of what he was saying.

He was known to be critical of powerful religious leaders

and he was talking about the law and the prophets

in new ways.

He even says here ... Read More »

Fr Gene's Homily for Feb 5 2017

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 2/05/17


The readings this weekend are so timely in light of the events in our nation over the last two weeks.  As always, the Lord's Word is full of challenges for us.

“You are the salt of the earth.” That’s what Jesus said and that’s what he calls ... Read More »

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 »