From the Deacon’s Desk

In the past six weeks of rehab and recovery from my knee replacement surgery, you have all been in my thoughts and prayers, especially those in the prayer chain emails and those who have asked me to pray for them. As I write this on July 10, I still have a few more weeks of[…]

Corpus Christi – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

This past weekend, Bishop Braxton emailed the following message to the clergy (and likely others) in the Diocese. In case you had not seen it, or were not aware of this performance by Sting and Pavarotti (like me), it is well worth taking a few minutes to watch and listen. It is beautiful, impressive, and[…]

Unted States of America

I gave a homily this past Sunday that sparked a lot of comments and feedback. Many appreciated my willingness to talk about current political and moral issues from the pulpit. Some disagreed with some of my statements. Some remained silent. Some asked me to post my homily on our website, I did. My plea was[…]

Merry Christmas………..

During this Christmas season, which lasts until January 9, these are exciting times, time to celebrate, and also time step back, reflect on the past year, give thanks, look ahead, etc. We have just experienced the Nativity of the Lord, feast of St. Stephen, Deacon and first martyr; feast of St. John, apostle and evangelist;[…]

We’re about halfway through Advent…………

Sunday is Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday, one of two times in the liturgical year that we wear rose-colored vestments. Do you know when the other time is? We will light the third (rose-colored) candle on our Advent wreath. On Gaudete Sunday, the season of Advent shifts its focus. For the first two weeks of Advent, the[…]

In These Final Days Before the Election…………

By this time next week we will all have to cast our ballots for the various elections at the local, state, and federal level, including a vote for the next President of the United States of America (aka POTUS) who will appoint new justices to the Supreme Court of the United States (aka SCOTUS). This[…]

Deacon Tom’s Homily – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

After praying, reflecting, and reading the Bible commentaries, the message of today’s readings became quite clear to me: they are about persistence, perseverance, and remaining faithful. Perseverance of the Israelites in battle against the Amalekites, St. Paul telling Timothy to be persistent, and Jesus teaching his disciples with that parable to be persistent and persevere[…]

End of summer, joys, disappointments, and now elections

Here we are on the brink of the traditional end of summer – Labor Day. Dawn and I have been very blessed to be able to kick off summer on Memorial Day weekend at Mass with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square as a part of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Italy to[…]

Innocence, Division and Prayer

A few weeks ago our Sunday Gospel was about that reading today from Genesis, where Abraham is questioning the Lord, read it here http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/072416.cfm . Abraham asks, “Will you sweep away the innocent with the guilty? Suppose there were fifty innocent people in the city; would you wipe out the place, rather than spare it[…]