Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Jerry Daly’s Birthday. He’s going to be mad at me for doing this, but be sure to wish Fr. Daly a slightly belated blessed and happy birthday, as he turned…. a year older… this last Friday, July 21. For those of you who are new to our parish, Fr. Daly is a retired priest of the Diocese who is neither in residence or assigned here, but is a big help to us by offering Masses and hearing confessions, especially every Sunday. He was a late vocation, not being ordained a priest until he was in his fifties. Before that … Continue reading

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Tabernacle Issues. You may have noticed something different about the tabernacle last Sunday and this last week. After last Saturday’s Vigil Mass, the key got stuck in the tabernacle lock, which meant we could also not open the tabernacle. Of course, this was a huge problem, since the Eucharist, Our Lord, was inside. Fortunately, parishioner Mark Maurer, our locksmith (owner of Suburban Safe & Lock Service, Inc.), rushed right over, and, after a lengthy struggle which required us to pull the tabernacle out of the high altar (no small feat as it weighs several hundred pounds), he was able to … Continue reading

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nota bene: Our Bulletin company’s deadline requires that I submit this column on Friday, June 30, so …   REFLECTIONS ON SEVEN YEARS. On Friday, July 7th, I will begin my eighth year here at St. Raymond’s. In so many ways seven years seems to have passed in the blink of an eye, and yet in other ways it has been a long haul. There have been many, many joys along the way, but a few struggles as well. I was struck by  all this recently as I’ve thought and prayed about a particular personal sadness I’ve felt lately in … Continue reading

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

4th of July, Fortnight for Freedom, and Supreme Court Victory. We continue our prayers for religious liberty this weekend, and conclude the Fortnight this Tuesday, the 4th of July, with Mass at 10am, followed by special prayers for religious liberty. Thanks for all who have participated in the Fortnight so far, and please join us on the 4th. As we celebrate the liberty proclaimed in 1776, and pray for God’s preservation of that liberty, we also celebrate a new victory in our defense of religious liberty. Last week in a 7 to 2 decision the Supreme Court held it unconstitutional … Continue reading

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Freedom, Discourse, and Violence. I’m sure we were all horrified by the attack on a group of Republican politicians in Alexandria on June 14. We pray for all those who were injured in the attack, especially our fellow Catholic, Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana. But we also pray for the repose of the soul of the assailant, who was himself shot and killed during the attack. We remember the words of Our Blessed Lord: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” This is perhaps one of the hardest parts of our religion to accept and practice. But … Continue reading

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Today is “Corpus Christi Sunday,” a feast established to remind us that, even as Lent and Easter are over, the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection and His continued presence on Earth remains with us in a most sublime way in the Eucharist. In particular, we remember that the bread and wine really become the very Body and Blood of Jesus Christ Himself—His Real Presence among us. Just as surely as He was bodily present on the Cross, at the Resurrection, and as He ascended to His Father in Heaven, … Continue reading

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Trinity Sunday.  Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The mystery of the Trinity is the central mystery of our faith, and yet one of the most difficult to understand and misunderstood dogmas of the Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 253-255) teaches: “The Trinity is One. We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons, the “consubstantial Trinity”. The divine persons do not share the one divinity among themselves but each of them is God whole and entire…. “The divine persons are really distinct from one another. …”Father”, “Son”, “Holy Spirit” are … Continue reading

Pentecost Sunday

PENTECOST. Today we remember the day, 10 days after Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven, that the Holy Spirit descended upon the early Church, about 120 disciples gathered to pray in the upper room. As the Acts of Apostles tells us: “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with … Continue reading

Solemnity of the Ascension

Ascension. Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, commemorating the true historical event when Jesus of Nazareth, after dying on the cross and rising from the dead, ascended by His own power in His glorified human body into heaven, where He is now present, bodily, in eternity. The importance of the mystery of the Ascension is often overlooked or forgotten by Christians, but it must not be, since it is critical to our understanding of Christ and ourselves. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church summarizes: 665 Christ’s Ascension marks the definitive entrance of Jesus’ humanity … Continue reading

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sacrament of Confirmation. This Thursday evening, May 25, Archbishop Timothy Broglio (Archdiocese for the Military Services) will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to our 8th graders and a few others. Congratulations to them all! The sacrament, however is not a “graduation.” Rather, it is the beginning of a new stage in the Christian life, as they receive the strengthening of the fullness of the Holy Spirit, along with His seven-fold gifts, to participate more fully in the Church’s mission to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. Many people are confused about this sacrament. The key, it seems … Continue reading