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Liturgy

May 24 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Who Is the Holy Spirit?

Sunday, May 24th, 2015
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Homily #150524n ( 16min) Play – Father gives us a catechesis on the Holy Spirit, who He is, where He comes from, and His role in our lives. Father ends by explaining (pulling from the teachings of St. Maximilian Kolbe) why we don’t see the Holy Spirit working in the lives of many Christians, including us, and how we can become more open to His action.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Pentecost Sunday – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 2:1-11
Resp: psa 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
2nd: 1co 12:3-7, 12-13
Gsp: joh 20:19-23

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Apr 16 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Obedience is Essential

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
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Homily #150416n ( 05min) Play – Father tells us that we were redeemed by the obedience of Jesus to God the Father, and that our obedience to God’s will is essential for us to to experience that redemption. We must deny ourselves daily, let go of what we want, and make an act of the will to trust that what God wants for us is the best we could possibly hope for.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 2nd Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 5:27-33
Resp: psa 34:2, 9, 17-18, 19-20
Gsp: joh 3:31-36

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Apr 05 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Darkness and Light

Sunday, April 5th, 2015
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Homily #150405n ( 12min) Play – Father comment on Easter’s imagery of the darkness of sin and the light of Christ, and tells us that it is the Resurrection that makes possible our salvation.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Easter Sunday (Opt 1) – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 10:34, 37-43
Resp: psa 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
2nd: col 3:1-4
Gsp: joh 20:1-9

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The Blessed Sacrament

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The time for the institution of the august Sacrament had come. What a moment! The hour of love had struck. The mosaic Pasch was about to be consummated, the true Lamb to take the place of its figure in the old law, and the Bread of Life, the Bread from heaven, to be substituted to the manna of the wilderness. Jesus sat down at table with grave simplicity. They had to eat the new Pasch sitting down, in the repose of God. A deep silence came over them all; the apostles looked on very attentively.

Jesus became meditative. He took some bread it His holy and venerable hands, raised His eyes to heaven, gave thanks to His Father for this hour He had so desired, stretched out His hand, blessed the bread…

And while the apostles, filled with respect, dared not ask the meeting of symbols so mysterious, Jesus pronounced these beautiful words, as powerful as the creative word of God: Take ye and eat. This is my Body… drink ye all of this. This is my Blood.

The mystery of love was consummated. Jesus had fulfilled his promise. He had nothing more to give but His mortal life upon the cross. He would give it and would rise again to be our perpetual Host of propitiation, the Host of our communion, the Host of our adoration.

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Mar 29 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Christ Reigns From the Cross

Sunday, March 29th, 2015
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Homily #150329n ( 19min) Play – Father compares the gospel from the blessing of the Palms to the Passion read during Mass, and observes that in less than a week, the people went from shouting “Hosanna” to “Crucify.” The scandal of the Cross made them fall away. In this world, Our Lord reigns from the Cross, and if we are to follow Him, we must pick up our own crosses and be crucified with Him. Father presents the example of Bl. Jose Sanchez del Rio, a young boy who gave his life for “Christ the King” in Mexico less than 90 years ago. We must draw near the Cross, and be willing to swim against the current and resist the “Lord of this World.” The only persons to remain faithful to Our Lord, are those who went with Our Lady, let us go to Her so as not to wimp out when we encounter the Cross.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Palm Sunday – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 50:4-7
Resp: psa 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
2nd: phi 2:6-11
Gsp: mar 14:1-15:47

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Mar 28 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Both Believe and Follow

Saturday, March 28th, 2015
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Homily #150328n ( 04min) Play – Father comments on today’s Gospel, telling us that the high priests and Pharisees almost believed in Jesus, but yet rejected Him. We must both believe and follow Jesus, even to the Cross, in order to be saved.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 5th Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 37:21-28
Resp: jer 31:10, 11-12, 13
Gsp: joh 11:45-57

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Mar 26 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Just Who Jesus Is

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
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Homily #150326n ( 03min) Play – Father Joachim comments on today’s Gospel, and encourages us to fully enter into the mysteries we celebrate these next two weeks.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 5th Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 17:3-9
Resp: psa 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: joh 8:51-59

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Mar 18 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Our Lord Himself is the Light

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
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Homily #150318n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on the reoccurring theme in Lent of darkness and light. He tells us that sin and disobedience are the darkness spoken of, and the light is Our Lord Himself. It is in Him we are able to walk the path of obedience to the will of the Father as Jesus did before us. And let us remember during these days of purification that God will hold us accountable to which path we choose.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 4th Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 49:8-15
Resp: psa 145:8-9, 13-14, 17-18
Gsp: joh 5:17-30

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Mar 16 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Have Faith in Jesus, Not in Miracles

Monday, March 16th, 2015
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Homily #150316n ( 05min) Play -Father comments on the gospel, and asks if it was so unreasonable to demand signs and wonders from Our Lord before believing. However, he points out that the Jewish priests and Pharasees saw the signs and wonders too, but did not believe. Father tells us that what Our Lord is looking for is not belief in signs and wonders, but faith in Jesus Himself.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 4th Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 65:17-21
Resp: psa 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-13
Gsp: joh 4:43-54

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Mar 15 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Rejoicing in Suffering

Sunday, March 15th, 2015
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Homily #150315n ( 14min) Play – Amidst our Lenten suffering, we today hear the Church tell us “Laetare” “Rejoice” for we are suffering now, but Easter is in sight. We can see this mix of intense suffering and intense joy in the lives of the saints, and what brings this joy is that through suffering we are brought closer to Christ Crucified, closer to God. Let us rejoice, and rejoice in the privileged of sharing in the Cross of Christ. Laetare!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 4th Week of Lent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2ch 36:14-17, 19-23
Resp: psa 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
2nd: eph 2:4-10
Gsp: joh 3:14-21

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Mar 01 – Homily – Fr Matthias: A Glimpse at Heaven

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
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Homily #150301n ( 20min) Play – Father Matthias speaks to us today of heaven, so that seeing the glory like the apostles saw the glory of the Glorified Lord in today’s gospel, we may be strengthened to persevere in our Lenten observances.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 2nd Week of Lent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 22:1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18
Resp: psa 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
2nd: rom 8:31-34
Gsp: mar 9:2-10

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Feb 27 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Lenten Double Duty

Friday, February 27th, 2015
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Homily #150227n ( 06min) Play – Father tells us that we have a “double duty” during Lent, doing penance for ourselves and for others. He tells us that many souls are damned because there was no one to pray and sacrifice for them, and because nobody corrected them when they were in error, in fact, there is often mutual bad example among Catholics which causes many souls to not even be faithful to the minimal obligations they have towards God and others. Let us this Lent be instruments of grace and conversion for others, and not instruments of perdition and sin.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 1st Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 18:21-28
Resp: psa 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
Gsp: mat 5:20-26

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Feb 25 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Will We Repent?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
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Homily #150225n ( 04min) Play – Today the liturgy presents us with the conversion of Nineveh, and our Lord warns us that if we do not likewise repent, the Ninevites will rise up and condemn us since they heard and saw the “sign of Jonah” but we have heard and seen “One greater than Jonah.” Let us sincerely examine our conscience, have contrite hearts, and turn towards God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 1st Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jon 3:1-10
Resp: psa 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19
Gsp: luk 11:29-32

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Feb 20 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Practical Notes on Fasting

Friday, February 20th, 2015
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Homily #150220n ( 09min) Play – Father gives us some practical notes on fasting, abstinence, and penance for this Lent and for the whole year. He reminds us that as Christians, we are bound by God’s law to do penance, and that the Church gives us specific days of penance so that we may be formed in an authentic Christian spirit. Father comments on the laws of the Church about days of penance (some of which may surprise you), and gives us St. Francis de Sales teaching on fasting. Finally, Father comments on the obligation the Church imposes on us to do penance, that it binds under pain of sin, and that the reason for it is to form us into authentic Christians who take seriously today’s words: “The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday after Ash Wednesday – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 58:1-9
Resp: psa 51:3-4, 5-6, 18-19
Gsp: mat 9:14-15

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Feb 19 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Choose Life!

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
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Homily #150219n ( 03min) Play – Father comments on the readings, and shows how the words of Our Lord in the Gospel complete those in the first reading. We are told that “Today I have set before you
life and prosperity, death and doom.” Then Our Lord tells us, “whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” That is, to have real live, eternal life, we have to be willing to die to the things of this world, “take up his cross daily,” and live to God. This is and this alone is the way to true life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday after Ash Wednesday – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: deu 30:15-20
Resp: psa 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
Gsp: luk 9:22-25

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