Recent Homilies

  • 1st Sunday of Lent Fr. Rick Spicer Feb 18, 2018

    Today's gospel is short and simple. Instead of elaborating on the Lord's many temptations, Mark briefly tells us that Jesus went into the desert for forty days, fought off temptation and was administered to by angels. After John was arrested, Jesus returned to Galilee and proclaimed that the Kingdom of God is at hand, urging anyone who would listen, "Repent and believe in the gospel." In this...

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  • Ash Wednesday Fr. Rick Spicer Feb 14, 2018

    Everything Jesus tells us not to do in today's gospel, we as Catholics tend to do. We put our alms into an envelope so both the parish and the IRS can keep track of our donations. We know that praying alone in our rooms is not enough so we also worship as a faith community. Today, we will leave church with a black smudge of ashes on our foreheads, not as a sign of virtue but a public declaration of our...

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  • 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time Deacon Larry Jesmer Feb 04, 2018

    Today's gospel story and most of the New Testament writings we see the heart of a servant in Jesus. We hear today how he spends most of the day healing the sick and they keep coming and coming until after sunset. We heard that the whole town was gathered at the door! Jesus had to of been worn out but he kept on serving. When He awoke from sleep the next morning, but before anyone else was up,...

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  • 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time Fr. Rick Spicer Jan 21, 2018

    On my recent trip to San Diego, I was grateful for one certain app on my cell phone: Mapquest. That app showed me what route to take and also told me how to get to my destination by means of public transit. I didn’t get lost once. Having the right directions certainly made for an easier journey. Life itself is a journey and Jesus has come to give us directions to make our journey through life...

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  • 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time Fr. Rick Spicer Jan 14, 2018

    In the first reading, we heard Samuel responding, “Here I am,” whenever he heard the voice of God. In the responsorial, we all responded, ”Here am I, Lord, I come to do your will.” The question every one of us should ponder is, “What is God calling me to do?” Unlike phones in the past, telephones now come equipped with caller ID and voice mail. We are now able to screen our calls and decide if...

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