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Theology

Oct 05 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Christ, the Rock on Which the Family Stands

Sunday, October 5th, 2014
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Homily #141005n (26min) Play – In this hard-hitting homily, Father tells us that at various times, the forces of hell have raged against Christ and His Church with particular ferocity. One such time was the mass rebellion against the Church’s teaching on birth control, and we are in the midst of another when they are raging against the Christian Family. In order to firmly plant our understanding of marriage and the family on the Rock of Jesus Christ, Father comments on the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on marriage and the family, showing that the love of spouses is the form of human love that–though dimly–reflects the love of Christ for His Church and for each one of us. For marriage to be Christian it must be built on the Rock of Christ, and though this is demanding, God gives the grace to the spouses through His sacramental blessing on their union. Marriage without Christ or His Cross is doomed to fail, since it is only through the grace of the sacrament of marriage that human love can be elevated to faithfully reflect the love that God has for humanity. In this context, we see that the fidelity and self-sacrifice of spouses is intrinsically linked to the faith love of God for humanity. And it is in this context we can see how divorce is alien to a truly Christian understanding of marriage. And for those in difficult situation, whether through their fault or not, peace and joy can only be found by remaining faithful to the teachings of Christ and the requirements of revealed truth and divine love.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 5:1-7
Resp: psa 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20
2nd: phi 4:6-9
Gsp: mat 21:33-43

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Oct 05 – Homily – Fr Giles: Bearing Spiritual Fruit

Saturday, October 4th, 2014
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Homily #141005a ( 10min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the Mass of 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ave Maria!
Mass: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 5:1-7
Resp: psa 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20
2nd: phi 4:6-9
Gsp: mat 21:33-43

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Sep 18 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Simplicity and Humility

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
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Homily #140918n ( 07min) Play – The Gospel for today’s Mass underscores simplicity and humility, the two outstanding virtues of St. Joseph of Cupertino.  This holy 17th century friar showed an aptitude for neither his studies nor for almost anything else, and he had many difficulties in entering religious life, but he finally attained to great heights of holiness.  A man of intense prayer, God endowed him with mystical gifts, particularly that of being raised above the ground by supernatural means.  Many trials and persecutions came his way, but the lowly friar always preserved that simplicity and humility which enabled him to bear all with serenity.  St. Joseph of Cupertino is a great example to us of the meekness and humility we should exhibit in carrying the daily crosses which come our way.  Let us follow his lead.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Joseph of Cupertino – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1co 12:31, 13:1-10, 13
Resp: psa 25:1-3, 4-5, 8-9, 10
Gsp: mat 11:25-30

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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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Aug 24 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Anointed and His Minister

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
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Homily #140824n ( 11min) Play – Father Maximilian goes over some of the themes present in today’s Gospel reading, focusing particularly on Jesus as the Messiah, the Anointed One, and His appointment of Peter as the “Rock” upon which the Church stands. Let us look to the Holy Father for guidance and keep Him constantly in our prayers.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 22:15, 19-23
Resp: psa 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8
2nd: rom 11:33-36
Gsp: mat 16:13-20

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Aug 22 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Queenship in the Annunciation

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
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Homily #140822n ( 06min) Play – Father Maximilian asks us why most Marian feasts have the Gospel of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38)? He tells us that it is because those few verses contain a reference to many of the mysteries of Our Lady. Father walks us through this Gospel and points them out, especially dwelling on the role of Mary as Queen-Mother. Father concludes by encouraging us to realize that Mary is not just a Queen, but She is also Our Mother!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Queenship of Blessed Virgin Mary – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 9:1-6
Resp: psa 112:1-8
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Aug 21 – Homily – Fr Matthias: St. Pope Pius X and “The Oath”

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
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Homily #140821n ( 10min) Play – Father Matthias preaches on the legacy of the great modern Pope, St. Pius X who was, as the collect of today’s Mass says, “filled … with wisdom and … the strength of an apostle.” One of his greatest legacies is the diagnosis and condemnation of Modernism, which he calls the “sum of all heresies,” and to combat this, he promulgated the “Oath against Modernism.” Father reads from this bracing document, and encourage us to ask for Pope St. Pius X’s intercession in order to stand firm in the confession of our Faith.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Pius X – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday in the 20th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 36:23-28
Resp: psa 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19
Gsp: mat 22:1-14

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Aug 10 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Will Most People Be Saved?

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
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Homily #140810n ( 18min) Play – Father reminds us today of two fundamental dogmas of the Faith we must implant deep in our hearts. Firstly, outside of Christ, there is no salvation, and, secondly, the Church is the body of Christ, therefore, without the Church, there is no salvation. While making necessary distinctions about the invincibly ignorant, Father asks whether most people will go to heaven, he quotes the exegete Cornelius a Lapide who gives the examples of Sodom, the Flood, and the Entry into the Promised Land. Out of Sodom, only Lot and his two daughters survived. Out of the flood, only eight people survived. And out of the 600,000 Isrealites who left Egypt, only two entered the Promised Land. In our age awash with impurity and sin, let us strive to keep ourselves unsoiled and wake up to the need and our duty to evangelize and bring as many people as possible into the Catholic Church, which is the mystical Body of Christ.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Lawrence – Patronal Solemnity (of parish) – Form: OF
Readings: 
First Reading: Second Corinthians 9:6-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 112:1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9
Gospel: John 12:24-26

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Aug 10 – Homily – Fr Giles: To Know God Is To Love God

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
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Homily #140810a ( 10min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1ki 19:9, 11-13
Resp: psa 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14
2nd: rom 9:1-5
Gsp: mat 14:22-33

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Aug 06 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Transfiguration and Mary

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
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Homily #140806n ( 08min) Play -Father Maximilian walks us through Luke’s account of the Transfiguration, and comments that it was to strengthen the faith of the disciples. This strengthening bore fruit most especially in the disciple, St. John, who went to the Mother, Mary, and went with Her all the way to the cross. Let us to run to Mary, and She will takes us with Her to the cross, the cross which is, paradoxically, our victory.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Transfiguration of the Lord – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: dan 7:9-10, 13-14
Resp: psa 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
2nd: 2pe 1:16-19
Gsp: luk 9:28-36

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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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Jul 29 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Active Life and Contemplation

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
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Homily #140729n ( 07min) Play – Father points out that today’s saint, Martha, is seen as an image of the active life, and as the Gospel shows us, the contemplative life, exemplified in her sister Mary, is higher than the active life, and even in the active life, contemplation is necessary. To conclude, Father reads a commentary on this verse (the Navarre Bible) which shows how we may infuse the spirit of prayer into all our daily actions, especially the most mundane.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Martha, 2nd Option – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
Gsp: luk 10:38-42

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Jul 27 – Homily – Fr Giles: Treasure hidden in a field

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
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Homily #140727a ( 12min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 17 Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1ki 3:5, 7-12
Resp: psa 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130
2nd: rom 8:28-30
Gsp: mat 13:44-52

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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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