Bulletin: November 20, 2016

  Bulletin: November 20, 2016 Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Americans have an uncomfortable relationship with kings. The American Revolution was fought for independence from King George, after all. Nonetheless, today every Catholic church around the world celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Today’s feast invites us…

Bulletin: November 13, 2016

  Bulletin: November 13, 2016 Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Today’s readings take a fearless look at reality and reach a conclusion that we all know: life is hard. The prophet Malachi preaches fire and brimstone, warning us that evildoers will perish in flames. Saint Paul offers his own warning to the Thessalonians: keep busy, but…

Bulletin: November 6, 2016

  Bulletin: November 6, 2016 Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time We are nearing the end of the liturgical year. Today’s readings remind us that our own lives will draw to a close one day, and we can be certain that the Lord will encourage, strengthen, and save us—both now and at the last. The astonishing story of…

Bulletin: October 30, 2016

  Bulletin: October 30, 2016 Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Our readings today ponder two powerful truths: God is infinitely greater than we are; and God provides every kind of help so we can discover and share in God’s glory. The reading from Wisdom reminds us that we are tiny compared to “the LORD of the…

Bulletin: October 23, 2016

  Bulletin: October 23, 2016 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Today’s readings invite us into prayer, into relationship with God. Because relationships feel more natural when we know one another well, Sirach encourages us to know God better. In his wisdom, Sirach tells us what God is like: fair, open-minded, compassionate, and attentive. “The Lord will not…

Bulletin: October 9, 2016

  Bulletin: October 9, 2016 Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time The readings today speak of healing and salvation. In Second Kings, Naaman, a commander of the army of the king of Syria, develops leprosy. He goes to a stranger, a prophet from Israel, when no one else can cure his disease. Much to his surprise, after a…

Bulletin: October 2, 2016

  Bulletin: October 2, 2016 Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection Today our readings are about faith, frustration, and how much is enough. Habakkuk is a complainer having an argument with God. Timothy is encouraging a community challenged by cowardice and the apostles want more faith than they have. Things aren’t happening fast enough for any of…

Bulletin: September 25, 2016

  Bulletin: September 25, 2016 Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection Today’s readings again are directed to believers, communities of faith. As in last week’s reading, Amos confronts us with a condemnation of those whose lives are focused on pleasure and self-absorption. The psalm contrasts that focus with the Lord’s—justice for the oppressed; food the…

Bulletin: September 11, 2016

  Bulletin: September 11, 2016 Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Welcome to “Lost and Found Sunday”! Just in case being in church makes us proudly consider ourselves especially religious, today’s Gospel suggests that we’d be wiser to admit that we’re sometimes lost. Then we’ll eventually be happily counted among Jesus’ “found,” because today Jesus focuses…