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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 »

A homily for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 5/28/16

An amazing and ancient homily...

In one of his sermons (below), Saint Augustine spoke clearly that in the Eucharist we become, indeed we are, what we receive. These are powerful words for us to consider on this feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.

Sermons [272] A.D. 391-430:

... Read More »

A Homily for 5th Sunday of Lent 2016

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 3/13/16

The story of the woman “caught”

in the very act of committing adultery

is notable for several reasons,

not the least of which is the total absence here

of the man with whom she was caught.

No one’s picking up a stone to throw in his direction,

wherever he ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Lent

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 2/28/16

Although we live in the 21st century we can, at times,revert to a rather primitive view of the universe.Over the past month, for instance, in spite of our understandingof high and low pressure systems in the atmosphere,some folks spoke and acted as if snowfall is the work of storm ... Read More »