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From the Pastor

Obeying God

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 4/24/20

Growing up, our family always had plenty of food on table, but with four children in the house and following a budget, certain foods had to be rationed, particularly Oreos or other such cookies. If we ate all of our food, we could have two cookies and no more. ... Read More »

Go And Tell The People About Life

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 4/22/20

We sometimes lump together the Pharisees and Sadducees, but they were two distinct sects of Judaism. One of the differences between them was that the Sadducees did not believe in the possibility of the resurrection from the dead, and of course, that is why they are sad, you see?

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Generosity, Charity and Encouragement

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 4/21/20

The first reading today from the Acts of the Apostles (4:32-37) displays the generosity and charity of those first Christians, who were of one heart and mind. However, there is a detail we may gloss over if we we're not reading this closely. We're informed of a man named ... Read More »

The Power of Prayer

Posted by Sara Bessemer on 4/21/20

“As they prayed, the place where they gathered shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” These are the words concluding today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles (4:23-31) after Peter and John are released ... Read More »

The Author of Life You Put To Death

Posted by Barb Weaver on 4/16/20

            Imagine St. Peter preaching at Mass and preaching what he did in today's first reading from the Acts of the Apostles (3:11-26): “The author of life you put to death.” I suspect some parishioners may be offended that Peter would seem to be so judgmental and harsh; some ... Read More »

The disciples didn't recognize Jesus

Posted by Barb Weaver on 4/15/20

            Both of today's readings are possibly the richest we hear in this Easter Octave. In our first reading from the Acts of the Apostles (3:1-10), Peter and John meet a crippled man asking for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. Peter simply says to him, “Look ... Read More »

Mary Magdalene didn't recognize Jesus

Posted by Barb Weaver on 4/14/20

Even 2000 years ago, soon after rising from the dead, Jesus practiced social distancing. He says in today's gospel reading (John 20:11-18), “Stop holding on to me.” Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb and at first finds it empty, save for two angels; she then meets Jesus, risen from ... Read More »

Witness the Resurrection!

Posted by Barb Weaver on 4/13/20

            I've never liked running. I played sports where running is punishment, and I have deeply inculcated that mentality. However, when I was in college and in need of staying in shape, I got into running. Mind you, I ran on a treadmill, so I could watch TV and ... Read More »

Good Friday Homily

Posted by Barb Weaver on 4/11/20

Good Friday Homily 2020

 

            “If that is the remedy, then how bad the sickness must have been.” This is perhaps what many of us are thinking right now as we deal with a pandemic in our country and in the world. We are concerned that maybe the ... Read More »

Holy Thursday Homily

Posted by Barb Weaver on 4/11/20

            When I was in junior high, I gave up video games for Lent. It wasn't nearly as difficult or horrible as kids today may think it is. While it is permissible to have a slight reprieve from our penances and sacrifices on Sundays in Lent, my parents wouldn't ... Read More »

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