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!


Make Straight the Path - 2nd Sunday of Advent

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Father Paul Voisin

December 6, 2013

Sometimes people have asked me, “When should I go to Confession?” I usually respond, “When something hurts”. Just like we go to the doctor when something hurts, so too we turn to the Lord for spiritual health in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The people who heard John the Baptist preach were also hurting.

Feast of Christ the King

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Father Bernie Hayes

November 19, 2013

On this last Sunday of the Church year we focus on the enigmatic figure of Christ dying on the Cross. While the whole nature of kingship can be confusing, yet, true kingship, it turns out, is a revelation because Christ, the king of the universe, uses this power only to free us from the thrall of false kingdoms and kings, whether construed as human or spiritual kingship. As the beautiful Christ hymn of Colossians tells us: God has "rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Trust as the End Approaches

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Father Jim Donohue

November 11, 2013

As the liturgical year draws to a close, the Sunday readings focus on the end. The first reading from the prophet Malachi looks forward to the end of time when those who have chosen evil and those who have chosen good will be clearly revealed. In the eyes of the world, those who have chosen evil seem to be more “successful” than those who have chosen the good over evil. However, when the Day of the Lord comes, things will be revealed for what they truly are: those who have chosen good will be seen as truly wise and those who have chosen evil will be seen as truly foolish.

We are a Resurrection People

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Father Paul Voisin

November 5, 2013

We are a resurrection people. Our faith in the resurrection of Jesus is central to our Christian faith.

The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection from the dead, and found themselves at odd with Jesus, and with many other members of their Jewish faith community.

Out on a limb: 31st Sunday C

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Father Jim Valk

October 29, 2013

A man decided to dress up on Halloween and so to scare the kids who came to his door for trick or treat. The bell rang. The man shone a flashlight under his chin. He let out an ungodly scream and looked down to find a wee girl there, dressed like an angel. She looked at the man and with a smile asked if his mommy was home.

The Lord hears the cry of the poor: 30th Sunday of the year

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Father Ernie Varosi

October 23, 2013

On this Thirtieth Sunday of the year all the readings hinge on the responsorial psalm: The Lord hears the cry of the poor. We are invited to be truthful and honest in our prayer. Jesus reminds us how to pray and how God responds to our prayers.

The Book of Sirach states quite clearly that God listens to every person. What a person has done and what a person has really make no difference to God's listening to us. On the other hand, the state of our hearts and our response to God makes a huge difference.

Am I Real? 20th Sunday Year C

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Father Jim Valk

October 1, 2013

A mother and Dad went to a restaurant with their little son for dinner Mother was bit ‘bossy’ The waitress took the order of the parents and them came next to the son. She asked him what he wanted. But before he could answer his Mom told her what he was going to have. When she finished, the waitress asked the boy what He wanted. A hot dog with all the trimmings and ice cream for desert. Right on, she said, and off she went. The boy, smiled and said to his Mom- she thinks I'm real.

God’s Love Is a Free Gift - 24th Sunday C

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Father Jim Donohue

September 11, 2013

The Charism Statement of the Congregation of the Resurrection emphasizes the unconditional and unmerited love that God has for us when it says, “We believe that God's love for us is merciful and unfailing. We have not earned his love.” The third parable in this weekend's gospel embodies this truth.

Discple or Not?

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Father Paul Voisin

September 4, 2013

Disciple or Not?

Jesus calls us to be his disciples, to follow him. It sounds so simple, but as he outlines for us what this discipleship will look like it becomes more daunting. It is indeed a challenge! ‘Disciple’ and ‘discipline’ come from the same root word, and last time I checked it is not easy for us to discipline ourselves. Even in order to follow Jesus!