Category Archives: Fr. Pat’s Sermon Notes

Year of Mercy – First Sunday of Advent

The Reason for the Season… of Advent! November 29, 2015 The Gospel today speaks about trials and tribulations, frightening omens, and people dying of fright! What an odd way, it seems, to begin the season of Advent! But is it … Continue reading

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Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Just One of “Those Days”! Every insurance salesman tries to convince the uninsured of the wisdom of planning ahead: “You never know what the future will bring!” But specifically with LIFE insurance their message is “You DO know what the … Continue reading

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Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

To Give More is to Receive Most! When it comes to giving or refusing to give to people, the issue is often not whether we possess what they are asking but whether we are willing to share what we possess … Continue reading

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All Saints Day

Check Your Vision Perspective is everything. What you see ahead of you can stop you in your tracks or put pep in your step. It can make you want to jump out of bed or pull the sheets over your … Continue reading

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sit and Beg or See and Follow! When I was twelve or thirteen years old my sister would periodically challenge me to a push-up dual! In front of my other siblings she would do 6 or 10 push-ups and then … Continue reading

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Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Don’t give till it hurts; Give till it feels good! The Christian life is hard. But the critical question to be asked if you are considering accepting the invitation to be a disciple of Jesus Christ is not: Are you … Continue reading

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Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

You Can’t Out Give God! My parents did something years ago that I thought was not only generous but actually brilliant. To save up a little money, my oldest sister asked my parents to move back into the family home … Continue reading

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Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Holy Matrimony, Batman!! In our Bible Study class, we are reading the Book of Jonah. Jonah was the prophet who was called by God to go east by land and instead he went west by sea! He ran from God … Continue reading

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Path to Greatness Recently I went to a convenience store and purchased a popular magazine that had dedicated the entire issue to Pope Francis. When I came to the checkout counter to purchase it the cashier commented: “I’m not … Continue reading

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sharing the Leftovers! A few years ago I was invited to a parishioner’s house for dinner but her plans for a grand meal had to be cut back to leftovers from the night before. Of course, since I wasn’t there … Continue reading

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