Deacon Steve


June 21st, 2017 [Matthew 10:26-33 (12th Sunday in Ordinary Time)]
Focus: Fortnight for Freedom (2017 Theme – “Freedom for Mission”)

June 20th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Jesus said, “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” (Matthew 5:44)

June 17th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Funeral Liturgy Outside Mass for Peter Anthony del’Aguila.
We who are baptized into Christ Jesus are indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead, we too might live in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)
“I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25)

June 15th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:24b)

June 13th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church.
“You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13a)
“You are the light of the World.” (Matthew 5:14a)

June 8th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31b)

June 6th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Optional Memorial of Saint Norbert, Bishop.
“Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” (Mark 12:17)

June 1st, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Memorial of Saint Justin, Martyr.
Jesus said, “I pray… that they may all be one…” (John 17:20-21)

May 30th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.” (John 17:4)

May 25th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter.
“You will weep and mourn.” (John 16:20a)
“Your grief will become joy.” (John 16:20c)

May 23rd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.” (John 16:7b)

May 18th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “We ought to stop troubling the Gentiles who turn to God.” (Acts 15:19)
The Council of Jerusalem and how the modern Church hierarchy today resolves issues in matters of faith and morals similar to the way the first general council did.

May 14th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” (John 14:1)
Mother’s Day.

May 11th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.” (John 13:17)
“Whoever receives the one I send receives me.” (John 13:20a)

May 9th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “The Father and I are one.” (John 10:30)

May 2nd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Athanasius.
“My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.” (John 6:32)

April 27th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “God is trustworthy.” (John 3:33)
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.” (John 3:36a)

April 25th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Feast of Saint Mark.
“They went forth and preached everywhere.” (Mark 16:20)

April 18th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “I have seen the Lord.” (John 20:18)

April 14th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: By His death on the cross, Jesus has won pardon for us and freedom from the tyranny of sin and death.

April 11th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: One of you will betray me; the cock will not crow before you deny me three times. Will you lay down your life for me?

April 9th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: On this day (Palm Sunday) the Church recalls the entrance of Christ the Lord into Jerusalem to accomplish his Paschal Mystery.

April 6th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Whoever keeps my word will never see death.” (John 8:51)
“Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day.” (John 8:56)
“Truly, Truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58)

April 4th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Whoever looks at the bronze serpent, shall live.” (Numbers 21:8)
“If you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24)
“When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM…” (John 8:28)

March 30th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “I see how stiff-necked this people is.” (Exodus 32:9)
“You do not have the Father’s word remaining in you, because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent.” (John 5:38)

March 28th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Do you want to be well?” (John 5:6)

March 23rd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (Luke 11:23)

March 21st, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Unless we forgive our brother and sister, the Father will not forgive us.

March 16th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.” (Luke 16:25)

March 9th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, O Lord, my God.” (Esther C:14)
“Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.” (Psalm 138)
“Everyone who asks, receives;” (Matthew 7:8)

March 7th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “This is how you are to pray: Our Father….” (Matthew 6:9)

March 2nd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” (Luke 9:24)

February 28th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “We have given up everything and followed you.” (Mark 10:28)

February 23rd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr.
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” (Mark 9:42)

February 21st, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him” (Mark 9:31).
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;” (Mark 9:37).

February 16th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “But who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29)

February 14th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saints Cyril and Methodius. “Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear?” (Mark 8:18)

February 5th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “You are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13a)
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14)

February 2nd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.
“I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me; And suddenly there will come to the temple the Lord whom you seek, and the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.” (Malachi 3:1)

January 31st, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint John Bosco, Priest (Memorial).
“…unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3b)

January 26th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops (Memorial).
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;” (Luke 10:2).

January 24th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.
“Behold, I come to do your will, O God” (Hebrews 10:7a)
“Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:35)

January 19th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: A large number of people came to him. (Mark 3:8)
The unclean spirits shouted, “You are the Son of God,” but Jesus warned them sternly not to make him known.

January 17th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Anthony, Abbot.
“The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. The Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.” (Mark 2:27-28)

January 12th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “If you wish, you can make me clean.” (Mark 1:40).
“I do will it. (Mark 1:41)

January 10th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “He taught them as one having authority.” (Mark 1:22)

January 8th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord.
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” (Matthew 2:1-2)

January 5th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint John Neumann, Bishop.
“The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” (1 John 3:16)
“You will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” (John 1:51)

January 3rd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.
“He is the Son of God.” (John 1:34)

December 29th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Thomas à Becket, martyr.
“And you yourself a sword will pierce.” (Luke 2:35a)

December 27th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist.

December 26th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Stephen, The First Martyr.

December 22nd, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.” (1 Samuel 2:1a)
“My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” (Luke 1:47)

December 20th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28)

December 15th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Enlarge the space for your tent.” (Isaiah 54:2)
“What did you go out to the desert to see?” (Luke 7:25)

December 13th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Lucy.
“What is your opinion?” (Matthew 21:28b)

December 8th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America.
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28)

December 6th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Nicholas, Bishop.
“It is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.” (Matthew 18:14)

December 1st, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” (Matthew 7:24)
Whoever does the will of my Father will enter the Kingdom of heaven.

November 29th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.” (Isaiah 11:1)
“Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit.” (Luke 10:21a)

November 24th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Thanksgiving Day
“Raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” (Luke 21:28)

November 22nd, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Cecilia.
“When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified;” (Luke 21:9)

November 20th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42)

November 17th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary.
“If you only knew what makes for peace…” (Luke 19:42a)

November 15th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: St. Albert the Great.
Zacchaeus was seeking to see who Jesus was (and so should we).

November 8th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Election Day.
“We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.” (Luke 17:10)

November 3rd, 2016
Focus: Memorial Mass for Deceased Knights

November 1st, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Solemnity of All Saints.
“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.” (Matthew 5:12)

October 27th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Behold, your house will be abandoned.” (Luke 13:35) Only our unwillingness can “separate us from the love of Christ.”

October 6th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Bruno (Optional Memorial).
“Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9)

October 4th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Francis of Assisi.
Martha welcomed him into her house. Mary has chosen the better part.

October 2nd, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Increase our faith.” (Luke 17:5)
“We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.” (Luke 17:10)
Introduction to FORMED.
Legion of Mary.

September 29th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.
“You will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” (John 1:51)

September 27nd, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Vincent de Paul (Memorial).
“He resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:51)
“They (a Samaritan village) would not welcome him…” (Luke 9:53)

September 22nd, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!” (Ecclesiastes 1:2)
“Nothing is new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

September 16th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saints Cornelius and Cyprian.
“Accompanying him were… some women… and many others who provided for them out of their resources.” (Luke 8:1,3)

September 13th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “He was moved with pity for her.” (Luke 7:13)
Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.

September 11th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” (Luke 15:2)
“There will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10)
The Knights of Columbus and the Shenandoah County Pregnancy Center.

September 8th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

September 6th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “He chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles.” (Luke 6:13)

September 1st, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “At your command I will lower the nets.” (Luke 5:5)

August 30th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “What is there about his word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.” (Luke 4:36)

August 25th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Louis IX, King of France (Optional Memorial)
“Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” (Matthew 24:42)

August 23rd, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Rose of Lima, Virgin.
“But these you should have done, without neglecting the others.” (Matthew 23:23c)

August 21st, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “I do not know where you are from.” (Luke 13:25, 27)
“God treats you as sons.” (Hebrews 12:7)
“I come to gather nations of every language.” (Isaiah 66:18)

August 18th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “How is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?” (Matthew 22:12)

August 16th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Stephen of Hungary (Optional Memorial).
“Who then can be saved?” (Matthew 19:25)
“For God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

August 2nd, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Eusebius of Vercelli.
“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” (Matthew 14:28)

July 31st, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” (Luke 12:13b)

July 28th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea.” (Matthew 13:47)

July 26th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“Just as the weeds are collected now and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.” (Matthew 13:40)
“Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father.” (Matthew 13:43a)

July 21st, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “They look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.” (Matthew 13:13b)

July 19th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” (Matthew 12:48b)
“Whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.” (Matthew 12:50)

July 14th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.

July 12th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Woe to you, Chorazine! Woe to you, Bethsaida!… it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon… and the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.” (Matthew 11:21a, 22b, 24b)

July 7th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “The more I called them, the farther they went from me.” (Hosea 11:2a)
“Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.” (Matthew 10:8b)

July 5th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Elizabeth of Portugal.
“Ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” (Matthew 9:38)

June 30th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church.
“Your sins are forgiven.” (Matthew 9:2)

June 28th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr.
“Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26b)

June 23rd, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: The house built on rock and the house built on sand.

June 21st, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious.
“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.” (Matthew 7:12a)

June 19th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Follow me.” (Luke 9:23)

June 16th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “This is how you are to pray:” (Matthew 6:9a)

June 14th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)

June 9th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Ephrem, Deacon and Doctor of the Church.
“Be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:24b)

June 7th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14)

June 2nd, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saints Marcellinus and Peter.
“If we have died with him we shall also live with him.” (1 Timothy 2:11)
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Luke 12:30)

May 28th, 2016 (Tate_Luetkemeyer Wedding at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville)
First Reading: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 34 – Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Second Reading: Romans 12:1-2, 9-13
Gospel Reading: John 17:20-26
Focus: Jesus said, “I pray… that they may all be one…” (John 17:20-21)
“This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; This one shall be called ‘woman’, for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.” Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh. (Genesis 2:22b-24).
“God *is* love.” (1 John 4:8)

May 19th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” (Mark 9:42)

May 17th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from?” (James 4:1)
“If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” (Mark 9:35b)

May 15th, 2016 (Pentecost Sunday 10am Mass) [Readings]
Focus: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” (John 20:21)
“Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:22)

May 14th, 2016 (Pentecost Vigil Mass) [Readings]
Focus: “Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink. As Scripture says: Rivers of living water will flow from within him who believes in me.” (John 7:37b-38)

May 10th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.” (John 17:4)

May 5th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “You will weep and mourn.” (John 16:20a)
“Your grief will become joy.” (John 16:20c)

May 3rd, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saints Philip and James, Apostles. (Feast)
“No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

April 26th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27c)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” (John 14:27a)

April 21st, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.” (John 13:17)
“Whoever receives the one I send receives me.” (John 13:20)

April 19th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” (John 10:24)

April 18th, 2016
Focus: Funeral for Charlie Martin

April 14th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Philip asked the Ethiopian eunuch, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” (Acts 8:30-31)

April 12th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “I see the heavens opened.” (Acts 7:56)

April 7th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “God is trustworthy.” (John 3:33)
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.” (John 3:36a)

April 5th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Have you been saved?
“You must be born from above.” (John 3:7b)

April 3rd, 2016 Divine Mercy Sunday Holy Hour
Focus: Divine Mercy

March 31st, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Look at my hands and my feet.” (Luke 24:39)
“He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:45)

March 29th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “I have seen the Lord.” (John 20:18)

March 22nd, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “One of you will betray me.” (John 13:21b)
“The cock will not crow before you deny me three times.” (John 13:38b)
“Will you lay down your life for me?” (John 13:38a)

March 20th, 2016 (Palm Sunday 8:00am Mass) [Readings]
Focus: “He emptied himself.” (Philippians 2:7)

March 17th, 2016 (Palm Sunday Vigil Mass) [Readings]
Focus: “He emptied himself.” (Philippians 2:7)

March 17th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Whoever keeps my word will never see death.” (John 8:51)
“Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day.” (John 8:56)
“Truly, Truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58)

March 15th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Whoever looks at the bronze serpent, shall live.” (Numbers 21:8)
“If you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24)
“When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM…” (John 8:28)

March 10th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “I see how stiff-necked this people is.” (Exodus 32:9)
“You do not have the Father’s word remaining in you, because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent.” (John 5:38)

March 8th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Do you want to be well?” (John 5:6)

March 3rd, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (Luke 11:23)

March 1st, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Unless each of you forgives your brother and sister, the Father will not forgive you. (Matthew 18:35)

February 28th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “If you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” (Luke 13:5)

February 25th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: The Four Last Things (Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell)

February 23rd, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Humility.

February 18th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, O Lord, my God.” (Esther C:14)
“Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.” (Psalm 138)
“Everyone who asks, receives;” (Matthew 7:8)

February 11th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)

February 9th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.” (Mark 7:8)

February 4th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “If your sons so conduct themselves that they remain faithful to me with their whole heart and with their whole soul, you shall always have someone of your line on the throne of Israel.” (1 Kings 2:4)

February 2nd, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.

January 28th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church.

January 26th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops. “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:35)

January 21st, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr. “In God I trust without fear; what can flesh do against me?” (Psalm 56:12)

January 19th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. The Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.” (Mark 2:27-28)

January 5th, 2016 [Readings]
Focus: Saint John Neumann. “God is love.” (1 John 4:8b)

December 31st, 2015 [Readings]
Focus: “In the beginning was the Word…” (John 1:1a) “It is the last hour…” (1 John 2:18a) The biblical phrase “the Alpha and the Omega” (Revelation 21:6; 22:13) comes to mind. This evening marks the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016.

December 29th, 2015 [Readings]
Focus: “Whoever says he is in the light, yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is nothing in him to cause a fall.” (1 John 2:9-10) Jesus is the light who dispels the darkness of hatred and sin. His light is available to all people who seek after the source of light and truth.

December 27th, 2015 [Readings]
Focus: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.  Family Promise of Shenandoah County.

December 26th, 2015 [Readings]
Focus: Feast of Saint Stephen, the First Martyr. “It will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (Matthew 10:20)

December 24th, 2015 [Readings]
Focus: Canticle of Zechariah (the Benedictus). “In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79)

December 22nd, 2015 [Readings]
Focus: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.” (Luke 1:46)

December 17th, 2015 [Readings]
Focus: “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” (Matthew 1:1)

December 15th, 2015 [Readings]
Focus: “Which of the two did his father’s will?” (Matthew 21:31)

December 10th, 2015 [Readings]
Focus: “Your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 41:14)

December 8th, 2015 – Immaculate Conception [Readings]
Focus: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

December 3rd, 2015 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Francis Xavier, Priest (Memorial). “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” (Matthew 7:24)

December 1st, 2015 [Readings]
Focus: “A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.” (Isaiah 11:1)

November 26th, 2015 (Thanksgiving) [Readings]
Focus: “Let the earth bless the Lord, praise and exalt him above all forever.” (Daniel 3:74) Thanksgiving.

November 10th, 2015 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church. “We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.” (Luke 17:10)

September 19/20, 2015 (Homily in PDF Format) [Readings]
Focus: What does it mean to serve others? Catechetical Sunday. Family Promise of Shenandoah County.

August 23rd, 2015 (Homily in PDF Format) [Readings]
Focus: “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” (John 6:60b) The Bread of Life – The Sanctity of Life.

Introduction to “Faith Seeking Understanding” (My Conversion Story)