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Dec 19 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Samson and John the Baptist

Friday, December 19th, 2014
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Homily #141219b ( 05min) Play – Fr. Joachim makes many comparisons between Samson in the Old Testament and John the Baptist in the New, both of whom are in the readings for today as we approach Christmas.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 19 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jdg 13:2-7, 24-25
Resp: psa 71:3-4, 5-6, 16-17
Gsp: luk 1:5-25

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Dec 18 – Homily – Fr Alan: O Lord of the House of Israel

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
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Homily #141218b ( 13min) Play – Fr. Alan relates today’s readings with the Advent Antiphon of the day which calls Jesus the Lord of the House of Israel.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 18 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 23:5-8
Resp: psa 72:1, 12-13, 18-19
Gsp: mat 1:18-24

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Dec 17 – Homily – Fr Elias: Christ Completes Wisdom

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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Homily #141217b ( 11min) Play – Fr Elias and how we need Jesus Christ in our lives to be complete in our humanity especially in our wisdom since Christ is the wisdom of God. Jesus is the longing of all our desires.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 17 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 49:2, 8-10
Resp: psa 72:3-4, 7-8, 17
Gsp: mat 1:1-17

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Dec 16 – Homily – Fr Alan: Being Prepared

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Homily #141216b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Alan on how during Advent we should be prepared and renewed in Christ for His coming.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday in the 3rd Week in Advent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: zep 3:1-2, 9-13
Resp: psa 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19, 23
Gsp: mat 21:28-32

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Dec 14 – Homily – Fr Elias: Christian Joy

Sunday, December 14th, 2014
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Homily #141214b ( 12min) Play – On Gaudete Sunday Fr. Elias exhorts us to be exemplars of joy and hope in the world and this is true even if we are in the middle of penitential season like Advent.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 3rd Sunday of Advent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 61:1-2, 10-11
Resp: luk 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54
2nd: 1th 5:16-24
Gsp: joh 1:6-8, 19-28

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Dec 13 – Homily – Fr Joachim: St. Lucy and Miracles

Saturday, December 13th, 2014
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Homily #141213b ( 05min) Play – Fr. Joachim on the life of St. Lucy, virgin and martyr, and how her great purity was rewarded with many miracles.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Lucy of Syracuse – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 2nd Week in Advent
1st: sir 48:1-4, 9-11
Resp: psa 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Gsp: mat 17:10-13

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Dec 12 – Homily – Fr Alan: Guadalupe Then and Now

Friday, December 12th, 2014
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Homily #141212b ( 16min) Play – Fr. Alan Wharton on the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe who gave a message of hope and kindness from God and helped the Mexican people to put aside the horrible devotions to the bloodthirsty gods of the Aztecs and can help us to fight all the evils of our own day.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of Guadalupe – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: zec 2:14-17
Resp: jth 13:22-23
2nd: rev 11:19, 12:1-6a,10
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Dec 11 – Homily – Fr Elias: Sts. Damasus and John the Baptist

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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Homily #141211b ( 13min) Play – Fr. Elias on the life of Pope St. Damasus who, although was one of the first popes to not be martyred, went out of his way to promote the veneration of the martyrs.  One of these martyrs is St. John the Baptist who is mentioned today in the readings and is central to this time of Advent that looks forward to the coming of the light of Christ.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Damasus I – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday in the 2nd Week in Advent
1st: isa 41:13-20
Resp: psa 145:1, 9, 10-11, 12-13
Gsp: mat 11:11-15

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Dec 10 – Homily – Fr Alan: Litany of Loreto and Laetitia

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
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Homily #141210b ( 12min) Play – Fr. Alan on how the Litany of Loreto should remind of the joy (laetitia) of Christmas which this season of Advent looks toward.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of Loreto – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1ch 15:3-4, 15-16, 16:1-2
Resp: psa 84:3, 4, 5-6, 8, 11
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Dec 08 – Homily – Fr Alan: Fittingly Conceived without Sin

Monday, December 8th, 2014
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Homily #141208b ( 15min) Play – Fr. Alan explains the fittingness of God’s grace of conceiving His mother immaculately, without sin, full of grace. He uses the explanation first given by Bl. John Duns Scotus which was used by Pope Bl. Pius IX when he solemnly proclaimed the doctrine as a dogma. It boils down to: God can  do it, it is fitting, so he did it (potuit, decuit, ergo fecit)
Ave Maria!
Mass: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 3:9-15, 20
Resp: psa 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
2nd: eph 1:3-6, 11-12
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Dec 07 – Homily – Fr Alan: Three Fold Advent

Sunday, December 7th, 2014
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Homily #141207b ( 17min) Play – Fr. Alan on the mystery of the coming of the Christ that we focus on in the Advent season. He explains the three comings of Jesus based on St. Bernard and Garrigou-Lagrange and how we should incorporate this into our preparation for Christmas:

  1. Nazareth – 2000 years ago  – in the flesh and in weakness
  2. In our souls – now- in spirit and power
  3. Final Coming – uncertain time in the future – glory and majesty

Ave Maria!
Mass: 2nd Sunday of Advent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 40:1-5, 9-11
Resp: psa 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
2nd: 2pe 3:8-14
Gsp: mar 1:1-8

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Dec 05 – Homily – Fr Elias: Mary and Seeing the Face of God

Friday, December 5th, 2014
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Homily #141205b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Elias ponders on the great desire we have to see God and how Mary was the instrument through which God enabled people to see Him face to face. She now mediates the grace to see God in our lives today.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday in the 1st Week in Advent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 29:17-24
Resp: psa 27:1, 4, 13-14
Gsp: mat 9:27-31

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Dec 04 – Homily – Fr Elias: Mary Pre-Purified

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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Homily #141204b ( 09min) Play – Fr. Elias on the teachings of St. John Damascene, including that Mary was pre-purified, an early expression of the dogma of Immaculate Conception. Father reflects on this early expression of a recently declared dogma as a sign that the Church is the guarantee of doctrine since it is built by Christ on the rock of Peter.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John Damascene – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday in the 1st Week in Advent
1st: isa 26:1-6
Resp: psa 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27
Gsp: mat 7:21, 24-27

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Dec 03 – Homily – Fr Joachim: St. Xavier, Missionary to the World

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
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Homily #141203b ( 06min) Play – Fr. Joachim on the life of St. Francis Xavier whose is a patron saint of the diocese of Indianapolis. Father outlines the great apostolic ministry of this Jesuit missionary and how he exemplifies the virtues of suffering and sacrifice to spread the Gospel.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Francis Xavier – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1co 9:16-19, 22-23
Resp: psa 117:1, 2
Gsp: mar 16:15-20

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Nov 26 – Homily – Fr Elias: St. Leonard and the Stations of the Cross

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
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Homily #141126b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Elias on how St. Leonard of Port Maurice did so much to promote the devotion of the Stations of the Cross, showing how meditating on the Cross which our Lord carried in love for us makes it easier for us carry our own and so reach heaven.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Leonard of Port Maurice – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eph 1:3-14
Resp: psa 85:2-4, 7-8, 9, 10-11
Gsp: mat 16:24-27

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