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October 24 Homily Connect

THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME  DIVING INTO OUR VISION MISSION: THE MASS IS ALL ABOUT MISSION  Scripture: Jer 31:7-9   Heb 5:1-6    Mk 10:46-52   America Magazine – James Keane – An Image Several summers ago, I was walking up Sixth Avenue in Manhattan after work when I was passed by a man standing […]

October 17 Homily Connect

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Diving in to our Vision – Ministry: It’s Not About You Scripture: IS 53:10-11 HEB 4:14-16 MK 10:35-45 An Unfortunate Typo Three years ago, at the Cathedral in Saint Louis, twenty-five new deacons ordained to the permanent deaconate-A really big deal! A telling photo of Archbishop Canton laying hands on […]

October 10 Homily Connect

TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME DIVING IN TO OUR VISION – FELLOWSHIP – DARE TO CARE SCRIPTURE: WIS 7:7-11 HEB 4:12-13 MK 10:17-30 The Prophet Ezekiel – 500 Years Before Jesus At a young age was called to minister to his cherished people forcefully exiled to Babylon His was a voice of hope to those […]

October 3 Homily Connect

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Diving in to our Vision – Discipleship Scripture: Gn 2:18-24 Heb 2:9-11 Mk 10:2-16 Perhaps You Know Men choose women who are similar to their mothers to marry Women choose men who are similar to their fathers, as well Couples may not look alike on their wedding day After twenty-five […]

Sept 12 Homily Connect

Scripture: Is 50:5-9a    Jas 2:14-18    Mk 8:27-35 Looking to Eternity   Twenty years is 1/1000 or 1 millionth of the blink of an eye Yet is marks the passing of a significant amount of time 911 seems like yesterday because of the horrific event Difficulty sleeping at night for two to three weeks […]

Sept 5 Homily Connect: Can you hear me now?

Scripture: Is 35:4-7a Jas 2:1-5 Mk 7:31-37 Can You Hear Me Now? A Native American Walking with a friend in downtown New York – hears a cricket Friend responds – Your crazy – It’s too noisy here Native American was sure he heard it – Listened attentively Checked in large cement planter and found the […]

Aug 29 Homily Connect: Tradition

Scripture: Dt 4:1-2, 6-8 Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27 Mk 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23 A Husband and Wife Wife cut off both sides of the ham – Husband asked, “Why?” Wife responded that was what her mom and grandma did. Wife called grandpa to ask “Why?” Grandpa responded: “So the ham would fit in the baking […]

Aug 22 Homily Connect: Words Matter

Scripture: Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b Eph 5:21-31 Jn 6:60-69 Words Have Power Pastors, teachers, counselors and elected officials should know Words matter Audrey and Edward Audrey a college music teacher in Moorpark, CA Edward a sad, tall student – never participated – poor test grades – ate lunch alone Audrey would seek him out – […]

Aug 15 Homily Connect: Mary, Our Perfect Christ Bearer

Scripture: Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a; 10ab 1Cor 15:20-27 Lk 1:39-59 Fr. Henry Nouwen – Life of a Friend and Follower of Jesus Christianity is lived when you look into the eyes of another person and see Jesus there; and she, or he, looks into your eyes and sees Jesus. We the friends and followers of Jesus […]

August 7/8: Day by Day with Father Bill – Weekend Edition

With guest columnist Tracy Turba, St. Mary Minister of Young Disciples Hello! I am Tracy Turba, the new Minister of Young Disciples here at St. Mary. I am full of joy to be in this position, get to know our parish families, and walk together in our relationship with the Lord. I have been a […]

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