Sunday Reflections

To help reflect on the Sunday mass, we are posting these reflections for all to read. May they be a source of insight, faith, and inspiration to you and help enrich your spiritual journey with us!


Jesus as our Foundation: 15th Sunday

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Father Ernie Varosi

July 7, 2014

All the readings for this fifteenth Sunday of the year convey to us the wonderful truth that our hope has to be firmly anchored in Jesus as our foundation. As Isaiah reminds us: "As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it."

Opposites Attract

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Father Paul Voisin

June 24, 2014

Often people saw that opposites attracts. Perhaps such was the case with Saints Peter and Paul, whose Feast we celebrate today. Here was Peter – one of the first disciples, impetuous in responding to Jesus (in today’s gospel) and courageous in his leadership of the early Church. Then there is Paul – the former persecutor of the early Christians, who after his encounter with the risen Christ on the road to Damascus, became a zealous preacher of the Good News to the Gentiles. Each was very different in their background, formation, and discipleship.

What's for dinner? Feast of Corpus Christi

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Father Jim Valk

June 22, 2014

On a hospital bed there lay a little girl in need of a transfusion. The only acceptable donor was her brother, who wasn't sure he wanted to donate his blood. The doctor and his mother explained that it wouldn't hurt but his sister urgently needed blood if she was to live. He said yes! After the transfusion, he asked his Mom when he was going to die. You see, he thought that if he gave his blood for his sister he would not live. He was willing to give his life for his sister. What a gift of life!

The Feast of the Trinity

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Father Ernie Varosi

June 9, 2014

Today, we celebrate the wonderful mystery of God who reaches out to people, to us, in love, seeking the deepest communion. The readings today reveal to us the tremendous desire of God to be a part of our everyday lives. For example, the reading, from Second Corinthians, Paul prays that, "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship (communion) of the Holy Spirit be with all of you." The earliest church fathers thought of the Trinity as a dance between Father, Son and Spirit.

Hope: Sixth Sunday of Easter

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Father Ernie Varosi

May 20, 2014

The readings for this Sunday center on the power of the Holy Spirit and the Hope which the Spirit inspires in the followers of Jesus. These qualities must characterize and inform the life of every Christian. As Peter reminds us, we are people of hope saying that as such we should always have an answer ready 'for people who ask you the reason for the hope that is in you'. Peter evidently thought that hope was a distinctive feature of Christian believers, and that this was noticed and remarked on by unbelievers, not least by those who slander and accuse them.

Walking in Hope

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Father Jim Valk

May 5, 2014

A few years ago I had the good fortune to go to Costa Rica to see a real active volcano, Mount Arenal. We waited and watched for four nights. We didn't see a thing. Our guide said, look around you. What do you see? The lush forests, the rain forest, the mountains. But I didn't see any of that natural beauty. I was disappointed to go that distance and not see a volcano.  What a bummer! Has something similar happened to you? All your hopes dashed? We say: I had hoped, the dream not realized. When things go wrong on our road of life are we aware that Christ is in our midst?

Meeting the risen Lord: 2nd Sunday of Easter

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Father Ernie Varosi

April 22, 2014

The readings for this Second Sunday of Easter stress the fundamental truth at the heart of the Christian community, namely, that it is the Spirit of Jesus, the Holy Spirit which transforms this mixed group into committed proclaimers of the good news to the very ends of the earth.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

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Father Jim Donohue

April 17, 2014

When I was a seminarian way back in 1974, I attended my first Easter Vigil. Our homilist was our rector at the time, Fr. Bob Liddy, who ended his homily by playing a recording of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. (By the way, most of us were relieved that Fr. Bob played a recording rather than trying to sing it himself!) I am sure that you know the tune and how often the word “Alleluia” appears. I am actually playing it right now as I compose this reflection!


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Father Jim Valk

April 14, 2014

I was resting on a park bench one noon hour when a “bag” lady sat down on the other end. I paid little attention to her until she saw me take out my lunch. Are you going to have lunch, she asked. Of course I was but was she going to ask me for mine! She suggested that we trade lunches. Oh no! But my pride got in my way and I said yes. Chicken salad for a mystery sandwich. It came from a greasy bag and it was readily traded. She asked if I wanted to see what it was. I don't like surprises so I delicately opened it and I ate it, knowing that this was not a good idea.