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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:

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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 »

Sunday Night Mass in the Chapel

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 2/07/16

Superbowl Sunday, 2016.  Very small crowd for the 5:30 PM Mass, so we celebrated not in the Church, but in our Chapel.  I believe this was a historic event!

 

Post Epiphany Prayer

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 1/04/16

(EPIPHANY: revelation, manifestation, eye-opener) Good morning, good God!I’m fresh from Epiphanywith its star and magi and gifts...You've revealed so much to so many, Lord,and yet so much remains hidden,yet to be found,yet to be known... You revealed yourself as a newborn:your divine innocence, vulnerably human, inviting intimacy...Help me see in your ... Read More »

Today, Pope Francis addressed the Roman Curia, and quoted this prayer. Good Stuff!

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 12/21/15

Every now and then it helps us to take a step backand to see things from a distance.

The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is also beyond our visions.

In our lives, we manage to achieve only a small partof the marvelous plan that is God’s work.

Nothing that we do is complete,which is to say that the Kingdom is greater than ... Read More »

Advent Thoughts

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 12/21/15

 

If you have an Advent Wreath at home, pray for perseverancein this fourth week of the season as you light all four candles each day.If you don't have an Advent Wreath - light any candle and pray for perseverance. If you have no candle, simply stay right here with candles above and pray for perseverance...  And yes: ... Read More »