Deacon Steve

March 22nd, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: “Whoever keeps my word will never see death.” (John 8:51)
“Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day.” (John 8:56)

March 15th, 2018 [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 13th, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: “Do you want to be well?” (John 5:6)

March 8th, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (Luke 11:23)

March 6th, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: Unless we forgive our brother and sister, the Father will not forgive us.

March 1st, 2018 [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)

February 27th, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: “For they preach but they do not practice.” (Matthew 23:3b)

February 23rd, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: Funeral Mass for Arnold Edward Behme.
“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)

February 22nd, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle.
“…you are Peter (Kepha or Rock), and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)

February 21st, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” (Luke 11:29)

February 20th, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: “This is how you are to pray: Our Father….” (Matthew 6:9)

February 19th, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: The “Son of Man” and the parable about the separation of goats and sheep.

February 13th, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: “Each person is tempted when lured and enticed by his desire”. (James 1:14)
“Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear?” (Mark 8:18)

February 8th, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Josephine Bakhita, Virgin (Optional Memorial).

February 1st, 2018 [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)
“Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two…” (Mark 6:7a)
“…take nothing for the journey but a walking stick – no food, no sack, no money in their belts.” (Mark 6:8)
“The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.” (Mark 6:13)

January 30th, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: “She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.” (Mark 5:33b)
“Do not be afraid; just have faith.” (Mark 5:36b)
“Little girl, I say to you, arise!” (Mark 5:41b)

January 25th, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle (Feast).
“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15b)

January 23rd, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Vincent, Deacon, Martyr (Optional Memorial)
“Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:35)

January 21st, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)
“Come after me…” (Mark 1:17) “Follow Me…” (Mark 1:17, RSVCE)

January 18th, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: “He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him.” (Mark 3:10)

January 16th, 2018 [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 11th, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: “If you wish, you can make me clean.” (Mark 1:40).
“I do will it. (Mark 1:41)

January 9th, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: Jesus taught them as one having authority.

January 4th, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious.
“Behold, the Lamb of God.” (John 1:36)

January 2nd, 2018 [Readings]
Focus: Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church.
“Who are you?” (John 1:19)

December 28th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs.

December 26th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Feast of Saint Stephen, the First Martyr.

December 19th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “…your prayer has been heard. Your wife will bear you a son… and he will be great in the sight of the Lord. …he will turn many of the Children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will go… in the spirit and power of Elijah… to prepare a people fit for the Lord.” (Luke 1:13-17)

December 14th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint John of the Cross (Memorial).
“…there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” (Matthew 11:11)

December 12th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
“Blessed is she who believed…” (Luke 1:45)

December 8th, 2017 [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 5th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him.” (Isaiah 11:1-2)
“Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit.” (Luke 10:21a)

November 30th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Andrew, Apostle (Feast)
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:19-20)

November 28th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “The days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone.” (Luke 21:6)
“When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified;” (Luke 21:9)

November 23rd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Thanksgiving Day
“If you only knew what makes for peace…” (Luke 19:42a)

November 21st, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Memorial)
“Zacchaeus… was seeking to see who Jesus was.” (Luke 19:2,3)

November 16th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Margaret of Scotland (Optional memorial).
“The Kingdom of God is among you.” (Luke 17:21)

November 14th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “God formed man to be imperishable.” (Wisdom 2:23)
“We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.” (Luke 17:10)

November 9th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (Feast).
“Wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh.” (Ezekiel 47:9)

November 7th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 14:15)

November 5th, 2017 (Children)  [Readings]
Focus: “The greatest among you must be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11) National Vocation Awareness Week.

5 de noviembre 2017 (English & Español)  [Readings] [Lecturas]
Focus: “The greatest among you must be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11) National Vocation Awareness Week.
Enfoque: “el más grande entre ustedes será el servidor de todos.” (Mateo 23:11) Semana nacional vocacional

November 5th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “The greatest among you must be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11) National Vocation Awareness Week.

November 2nd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed – also known as All Souls’ Day.

October 31st, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “What is the Kingdom of God like?” (Luke 13:18)

October 5th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, Priest (Optional Memorial).
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;” (Luke 10:2)

October 3rd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Jesus “resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem”. (Luke 9:51)

September 28th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Wenceslaus, Martyr (Optional Memorial).
Herod said, “John I beheaded. Who then is this about whom I hear such things?” (Luke 9:9)

September 26th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.” (Luke 8:21)

September 24th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “I will give you what is just.” (Matthew 20:4)
“Are you envious because I am generous?” (Matthew 20:15)

September 21st, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (Feast).
“I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” (Matthew 9:13)

September 20th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Priest, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions, Martyrs (Memorial).
Jesus said, “the people of this generation… are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another.” (Luke 7:31-32)

September 19th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Januarius, Bishop and Martyr (Optional Memorial).
“He was moved with pity for her.” (Luke 7:13)

September 18th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Lord… I am not worthy to have you enter under my rood… but say the word and let my servant be healed.” (Luke 7:6-7)

September 17th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Unless we forgive our brother and sister, the Father will not forgive us.

September 14th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up.” (John 3:14)

September 12th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: The Most Holy Name of Mary.
“He chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles.” (Luke 6:13)

September 10th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Oh, that today you would hear his voice…” (Psalm 95:7)

September 7th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “At your command I will lower the nets.” (Luke 5:5)

September 5th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “I know who you are – the Holy One of God!” (Luke 4:34c)

September 3rd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” (Matthew 16:23c)

August 31st, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” (Matthew 24:42)

August 29th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: The Passion of Saint John the Baptist.
John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” (Mark 6:18)

August 27th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “I will place the key of the House of David on Eliakim’s Shoulder;” (Isaiah 22:22a)
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” (Matthew 16:13b)
“You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)
“I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 16:19a)

August 24th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Come and see.” (John 1:46b)
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.” (John 1:48b)
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God: you are the King of Israel.” (John 1:49)
“Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things that this.” (John 1:50b)

August 22nd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“Who then can be saved?” (Matthew 19:25)
“For God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

August 17th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him?” (Matthew 18:21b)

August 15th, 2017 – Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. [Readings]
Focus: “The almighty has done great things for me.” (Luke 1:49)

August 14th, 2017 – Vigil of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. [Readings]
Focus: “Blessed is the womb that carried you.” (Luke 11:27b)

August 8th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Dominic, Priest.
“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27)

August 3rd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea.” (Matthew 13:47)

August 2nd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop.
Out of joy he sells all that he has and buys it. (Matthew 13:44-46)

July 31st, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed… It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.” (Matthew 13:31-32)

July 27th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: “They look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.” (Matthew 13:13b)

July 25th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Feast of Saint James, Apostle.
“My chalice you will indeed drink…” (Matthew 20:23a)

July 13th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Henry, German King and Holy Roman Emperor.
“Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.” (Matthew 10:8b)

July 11th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Benedict, Abbot.
“Ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” (Matthew 9:38)

July 6th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Saint Maria Goretti.
“Your sins are forgiven.” (Matthew 9:2)

July 4th, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Independence Day – Conclusion of the Fortnight for Freedom.
“Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26)

July 2nd, 2017 [Readings]
Focus: Fortnight for Freedom (2017 Theme – “Freedom for Mission”)
“Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.” (Matthew 10:38)
Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” (Matthew 10:40)

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