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Tuesday 20th Week of the Year

Today’s Readings Tuesday 20th Week of the Year Matthew 19: 23-30 It would seem that Jesus is opposed to wealth. Was He? He had some friends who were wealthy and even called some, like Matthew, the tax collector, to become His disciple and later an apostle. Doesn’t He say that the first of this world […]

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Monday the 20th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings Monday the 20th Week of the Year Matthew 19:16-22 A young man thirsting for everlasting life was longing for the heart of Jesus. Can you imagine what that young man felt in his heart when Jesus looked at him with love? The closest image that comes to mind is the love a […]

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Bishop Parkes Response to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

From Fr. Rick Peace be with you. The Pennsylvania Grand Jury report that became public this past week on predator clergy entrusted by the Church hierarchy and the People of God is so horrific, my mind and imagination cannot even begin to grasp the pain that victims have carried for years and even decades. I […]

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Saturday 19th Week of the Year

Today’s Readings Saturday 19th Week of the Year Matthew 19:13-15. Jesus welcomed children because he loved them and he knew they would bring his Good Word to all their families and friends. If you know someone is a gossip, you will either make sure they hear what you say so it will get around, or […]

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Thursday 19th Week of the Year

Today’s Mass Readings Thursday 19th Week of the Year Matthew 18:21-19:1. “Lord Jesus, make my heart a merciful heart like yours.” Peter asked Jesus how many times he was to forgive and offered what seemed to gracious number – seven times. And Jesus responds, “Not seven times but I tell you, 77 times.” That is, […]

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Assumption of the Blessed  Virgin Mary

Today’s Readings Assumption of the Blessed  Virgin Mary August 15 Luke 1:39-56 Lifting up the lowly A recent study showed the power of a simple compliment. Telling a proficient sales clerk, “My, you’re good at your job!” or a co-worker, “I appreciate your thoughtfulness” can greatly alter their mood and improve their performance.   One […]

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Tuesday the 19th Week of the Year

Today’s Readings Tuesday the 19th Week of the Year Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14. May we all have a childlike faith. It is not by accident that Jesus speaks about leaving the 99 sheep and going after the one who strayed in the same breath that he spoke about the child being the greatest in the […]

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Monday 19th Week of the Year

Today’s Readings Monday 19th Week of the Year Matthew 17:22-27 Let us never under estimate the impact that our actions can have on another person. We have two scenes in today’s gospel that seem unrelated – the second prediction of Jesus Passion and the miraculous way Peter paid the temple tax. It seems that these […]

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Saturday 18th Week of the Year

Today’s Readings Saturday 18th Week of the Year Matthew 17:14-20 Have any of us prayed for someone or something and are still waiting for the Lord to answer that prayer? Perhaps something comes to mind right now. The disciples had this experience in today’s gospel.   After kneeling before Jesus and explaining to him the […]

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