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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Halfway point of Advent

Halfway point of Advent This past Sunday traditionally marks the halfway point of Advent, it is known as “Gaudete Sunday.” We wore rose colored vestments at Mass, and we lit the pink candle on the Advent wreath. This was to set a joyful tone for the expectation of the Lords birth and Second Coming and[…]

Deacon Tom’s Inaugural Blog

indulgenceMy Inaugural Blog I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for several months now and have finally gotten to the point where everything is in place to do it. Why do I want to do this? I have a growing passion to spread the good news inspired by the outreach via social media and other[…]