Homily for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

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Acts 6:1-7 1 Peter 2:4-9 John 14:1-12   It is very tempting for the deacon to preach on the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, which gives us the account of the formal establishment of the Order of Deacons in the Church. I could share with you how deacons are called to be conformed to Christ the servant, …

Pray For the Elect During Lent

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Lent is a time when the Church asks us to consider our lives and amend them, “giving up” those things which are an impediment to our relationship to Christ and “adding” or “doing” those things, in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that will enrich our relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church. We are called during this time to journey with …

Ash Wednesday At the Field Hospital

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Today in our parishes around the Diocese of Knoxville and the world, after the homily is given, all kinds of people will approach the altar. If years’ past are any indication, there will be people at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today that we do not see any other day of the year. At my own parish, the Mass …

Diocese of Knoxville celebrates Easter

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Bishop Richard F. Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali led Holy Week observances in the Diocese of Knoxville, highlighted by the Chrism Mass April 15 and Easter Mass celebrations at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus April 19-20. Bishop Stika was joined by Cardinal Justin Rigali and more than 50 priests of the diocese along with more than 25 …

We Rise With Christ In Baptism

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HE IS RISEN! THE LORD IS TRULY RISEN! As the Church celebrates the reality of the empty tomb, it should also be remembered that we have a great many neophytes-new Catholics, who have been baptized and/or received into full communion with Holy Mother Church this weekend. Because the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection is about the rising to new life, the Church …

Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

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The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John (18:1-19:42): When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples across the Kidron valley, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas, procuring a band …

New Catholics Need Our Friendship and Example

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Those of you who celebrated Morning Lauds this morning sang or chanted the 42nd Psalm as the first chant, a psalm which has opening words in verses one and two that may be familiar to many Catholics, and certainly set me in a Holy Week mindset. The Grail translation, which is generally what is used in the English-speaking world for …

The Baptism of the Lord and Ordinary Time

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Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and the Church remembers in a solemn way the day on which Christ humbled himself as an example to us to be baptized in the River Jordan by his forerunner, follower, and cousin John the Baptist. Unlike ourselves, who all had need of baptism as the ordinary means by which …

The End of Another Year of Grace

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As we enter the closing days of the Liturgical Year 2013, those of you who pay close attention to the daily Mass readings will notice that a distinctly eschatological theme begins to develop in these days leading up to what will ultimately be the Feast of Christ the King and the last week of Ordinary Time. The readings in many …

Liturgical Seasons

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Continuing with our journey through the documents of the Second Vatican Council, I would like to take a look at the liturgical year. We are just around the corner from the beginning of a new Church year that begins with the First Sunday of Advent. There are really several liturgical calendars in the Church that overlap one another and unless …