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Sacraments

Sep 07 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Second Plank of Salvation

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
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Homily #140907n ( 20min) Play – Pulling from a plethora of sources, Father Matthias goes over the essential characteristics of the Sacrament of Penance, the five necessary things on the part of the penitent, and the two necessary traits of a good confessor. Father encourages us to pray for our confessors, and to heed their directions, for “He who hears you, hears me.” (Luke 10:16)
Ave Maria!
Mass: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 33:7-9
Resp: psa 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
2nd: rom 13:8-10
Gsp: mat 18:15-20

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Video – A Day With Mary #117: Eucharistic Adoration compliments the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
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Ave Maria!

Fr. Andre speaks on the Eucharist during the “Day With Mary” held at St. Cecilia Parish in Floreat, Western Australia on 6 September 2014.

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Little White Guest

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

LITTLE WHITE GUEST

You have come to my heart, dearest Jesus, I am holding You close to my breast;

I’m telling You over and over, You are welcome, Little White Guest.

I love You, I love You, my Jesus, O please do not think I am bold;

Of course, You must know that I love You, but I am sure that you like to be told.

I’ll whisper, “I love You, my Jesus,” and ask that we never may part;

I love You, O kind, loving Jesus and press You still nearer my heart.

And when I shall meet You in Heaven, my soul then will lean on Your breast;

And You will recall our fond meetings, when You were my Little White Guest.

 

Aug 03 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Hunger and Thirst for God alone

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
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Homily #140803a ( 09min) Play -  This is a reflection given by Fr. Angelo M. Geiger on the readings for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 55:1-3
Resp: psa 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-18
2nd: rom 8:35, 37-39
Gsp: mat 14:13-21

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Our Lord’s Love for Us through the Holy Eucharist

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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“WE BELIEVE in the love of God for us.” That is a profound saying. Belief in the truth of the words of God is required of every Christian; but there is another belief, which is more perfect and is the crown of the first: belief in Divine love. Belief in the Divine truths will be vain if it does not lead to belief in Divine love.

What is this love in which we must believe? It is the love of Jesus Christ; the love which He manifests to us in the Eucharist, a love that is Himself, a living and infinite love. But what proofs of His love does our Lord give us in the Eucharist? FIRST of all we have His word, His veracity. Jesus tells us that He loves us, that He instituted His Sacrament only out of love for us. Therefore, it is true. We believe an honest man on his word. Why should we not trust our Lord as much? When someone wants to give his friend a proof of his love, he tells him personally that he loves him and he gives him an affectionate handshake. Well, our Lord sends neither Angels nor ministers to assure us of His love; He comes in person. Love will have no go-between. And so He perpetuates Himself only to tell us over and over again: “I love you. You see that I love you!” (more…)

The Rosary and Adoration with Our Lady

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Pope Francis: “This evening I am united to all of you in praying the Holy Rosary and in Eucharistic adoration under the gaze of the Virgin Mary. s gaze! How important this is! How many things can we say with a look!
Affection, encouragement, compassion, love, but also disapproval, envy, pride and even hatred. Often a look says more than words; it says what words do not or dare not say.
 
At whom is the Virgin Mary looking? She is looking at each and every one of us. And how does she look at us? She looks at us as a Mother, with tenderness, mercy and love. That was how she gazed at her Son Jesus at all the moments of his life – joyful, luminous, sorrowful, glorious – as we contemplate in the mysteries of the Holy Rosary, simply and lovingly.

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Jul 20 – Homily – Fr Giles: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of man”

Saturday, July 19th, 2014
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Homily #140720a ( 15min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: wis 12:13, 16-19
Resp: psa 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
2nd: rom 8:26-27
Gsp: mat 13:24-43

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Jul 13 – Homily – Fr Giles: “A sower went out to sow…”

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
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Homily #140713a (13min) Play – This is reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ave Maria!
Mass: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 55:10-11
Resp: psa 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14
2nd: rom 8:18-23
Gsp: mat 13:1-23

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Jun 22 – Homily – Fr Giles: The Real Presence

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
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Homily #140622a ( 14min) Play

Ave Maria!

This homily was given by Fr. Giles during the Sunday Mass of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi during which he explained the sixth chapter of the Gospel of St. John and what is meant by the Real Presence.
Mass: Corpus Christi – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: deu 8:2-3, 14-16
Resp: psa 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
2nd: 1co 10:16-17
Gsp: joh 6:51-58

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Corpus Christi

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

May 10 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Eucharist and St. Damian

Saturday, May 10th, 2014
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Homily #140510n ( 07min) Play – Father comments today on the “Hard Teaching” of the Eucharist, and notes that many disciples went away because they didn’t understand all that Our Lord was saying. He was not just going to offer dead flesh from His body, but His very self, body and soul (and divinity) as food for our souls. St. Damien understood the lesson of the Eucharist well, and gave himself to the lepers on Molokai, even becoming one himself, in order to bring them spiritual healing. Let us learn our lesson from St. Damien and the Eucharist, and, as he brought spiritual healing and opened heaven to the lepers of Molokai, let us offer ourselves to bring the life that comes from Christ to all souls.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Damien of Molokai – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday 3rd Week of Easter
1st: act 9:31-42
Resp: psa 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
Gsp: joh 6:60-69

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Apr 27 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Sacrament of Love

Sunday, April 27th, 2014
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Homily #140427ns ( 11min) Play – Fr. Joachim shows that in today’s gospel, we see the institution of the Sacrament of Love, Confession. God has promised to work through the sacraments, but not necessarily outside of them. In 1675, He complained to St. Margaret Mary, ” Behold this Heart, Which has loved men so much, that It has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming Itself, in order to testify to them Its love; and in return I receive from the greater number nothing but ingratitude.” He desires us to come to Him and receive His Mercy in the sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist, which are the remedy and cure for sin. He knows our weakness, let us ask Saints Pope John Paul II and John XXIII for the strength to persevere in our faith.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Divine Mercy Sunday – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 2:42-47
Resp: psa 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
2nd: 1pe 1:3-9
Gsp: joh 20:19-31

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Apr 25 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Disposing Our Minds With Deeds

Friday, April 25th, 2014
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Homily #140425n ( 10min) Play – Father Matthias comments on a phrase from today’s collect: “So dispose our minds, we pray, that what we celebrate by professing the faith we may express in deeds.” Father reminds us that one such deed is how we act before the Blessed Sacrament, and that by bodily postures and gestures, we may either help or hinder our spiritual life. He concludes by presenting seven points from Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s book Dominus Est (the title of which is taken from today’s Gospel) in regards to the method of receiving Holy Communion.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday of Easter Week – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 4:1-12
Resp: psa 118:1-2, 4, 22-24, 25-27
Gsp: joh 21:1-14

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Apr 07 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Confession and Venial Sins

Monday, April 7th, 2014
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Homily #140407n ( 07min) Play – Father Matthias reminds us that Our Lord condemns the sins, and not the  sinners who turn to Him and repent. He then gives a short catechesis on the Sacrament of Penance and tells us that only the venial sins we are contrite for can be remitted in Confession. Finally, he encourages us to take the opportunity this Lent to make a good confession with a deep and universal sorrow for all our sins.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 5th Week of Lent (long) – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: dan 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62
Resp: psa 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Gsp: joh 8:1-11

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Time for Confession!

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

The Courage to “Cut off our sins”
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“I grant forgiveness to the man who weeps over his sins:
Not to the sinner who hopes that I will delay in coming.”
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After sinning I thought of confessing but the Enemy whispered to me,
“Do you dare? How could you bear the penance you would be given for such great offense?’
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“The punishment in this world is light compared to that in the next!”
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Out of shame I remained in this wretched state, arguing that I could not possibly confess such abominable sins to the Priest.
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“Better to feel shame before my priest than suffer it in grief when I shall pass judgment on You, and all your sins will be trumpeted in the presence of a vast multitude.”
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Say no more. I yield. I repent of my transgressions and my utter lack of prudence. Have mercy on me, O Lord.
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“Since you have surrendered to Me, I embrace you. and may this pact endure for all time, for I cannot abide ingratitude.”
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