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Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Advent 2019

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 12/08/19

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 ... Read More »

A Prayer for the Beginning of Advent 2019

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 12/02/19

In the crazy rush of Christmas all around me...    help me prepare a way for you, Lord...Help me remember that Christmas is your birthday,    that I need to find gifts fitting to offer you...Help me remember the poverty of your nativity, Lord:   make your way into my wallet and help me ... Read More »

Homily for Christ the King 2019

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 11/24/19

I know folks are already talking about Christmas but I haven’t heard any conversations ramping up to this day’s celebration of the Christ the King. Of course, we’re celebrating one in the same Lord,one in the same King: won’t be long before we’ll be singing, “Hark, the herald angels sing,  ... Read More »

Street Litany for the Murdered: For the beloved of El Paso and Dayton

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 8/04/19

Response: SAVE US O GOD

 

From the brutality of murder and violence...

From the hardship of poverty and loss...

From the addiction of drugs and alcohol...

 

From the fear of isolation and hardship...

From the evil of war and hatred...

From the corruption of sin and darkness...

 

From the terror of gunshots and ... Read More »

Homily for 6th Sunday of Easter 2019

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 5/26/19

Homily for 6th Sunday of Easter 2019

In these politically testy times there are certain topics preachers are warned to avoid. I know I am not supposed to support any candidate by name from the pulpit, not supposed to espouse explicitly any partisan position during the homily, and the ... Read More »

A Prayer for Memorial Day 2019

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 5/26/19

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A prayer for Memorial Day weekendIn the quiet sanctuaries of our own hearts,let each of us name and call on the One whose power over usis great and gentle, firm and forgiving, holy and healing...You who created us,who sustain us,who call us to live in peace,hear our ... Read More »

Easter 2019

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 4/27/19

It doesn't seem possible, Lord, that just a week ago this morning I was in church with some good friends, preparing the sanctuary for the Easter Vigil... A fire needed to be prepared, the font needed to be washed and filled, the new Paschal Candle was unpacked and ... Read More »

Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 12/30/18

It seems to me that this Feast of the Holy Family could not be more exquisitely positioned on the calendar: just after Christmas which tends to bring out both the best and the worst in our family experience and just before New Year’s - the time for making resolutions, a moment to examine ... Read More »

Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent 2018

Posted by Fr. Eugene Vavrick on 12/23/18

Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent Two challenges face every preacher just at this time of year.   The first challenge is to carefully dig through all the Christmas hoopla  (that has nothing to do with celebrating the birth of Jesus) without turning off all of those (including ... Read More »

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 »