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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

A look back at 2015 and forward to 2016

As I sit here on the brink of 2016 and look back at 2015, I think I am more excited about my faith and the direction of the Catholic Church than I have been in a long time, maybe ever. There are so many exciting things happening locally, nationally, and internationally. If you didn’t see[…]

Christ in Christmas – the reason for the season……

Christ in Christmas – the reason for the season…… I am quickly realizing that the biggest obstacle with having a blog is first trying to figuring out from all the great things to write about which ones make the most sense to write about, and the secondly making the time to do it – a[…]