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Second Sunday of Advent

Posted by Tracy Poches

Second Sunday of Advent

December 10, 2017

“Let’s start at the beginning, a very good place to start…”  That’s how Maria opened the world of music and ultimately, freedom, to the Van Trapp kids in the story of the Sound of Music; Let’s start at the beginning.  “In the ... Read More »

First Sunday of Advent

Posted by Tracy Poches

First Sunday of Advent

December 3, 2017

Do you ever, in the midst of your work day or as you are laying in bed trying to fall asleep, the challenges of the day still swimming around in your head, ask yourself, “So this is as good as it gets?” ... Read More »

Solemnity of Christ the King

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Solemnity of Christ the King

November 26, 2017

Do you ever watch the TV show “Let’s Make a Deal”?  In its simplest format, you get a choice of what’s behind Door #1, Door #2 or Door #3.  When I was a kid I always wanted to be on that ... Read More »

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 29, 2017

I read a book, several years ago, called The Disease to Please.  According to the author, when we find ourselves caught in unhealthy places in life, it’s because we get stuck in bad thinking, dead-end emotions, and destructive behaviors.  If you ... Read More »

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 12, 2017

Last week’s headlines that came out of Texas are headlines that we have become almost too accustomed to, headlines that leave us asking many questions.  How do you prepare for such an inhuman assault on the innocent?  Which leads to further questions…

…How do we prepare for those moments when time seems to stop?  How could you possible prepare for that day when our doctor uses “cancer and terminal” in the same sentence?  Or for that nightmare-moment when a man in uniform and a chaplain walk up to your front door?  How could you prepare for that day when your spouse unexpectedly says, “I want a divorce” or you go into work and are greeted with, “You need to pack up your things?” or the phone call, “An accusation has been made”? How would you prepare to watch your home burn to the ground, or as we watched in California a couple weeks ago, your whole neighborhood burn to the ground? ... Read More »

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time –

November 5, 2017

I’m not sure it’s a chance circumstance or the dance of the Holy Spirit, but it was only when I started to put this homily to paper that I remembered it was Vocation Awareness Week.  I don’t often preach about ... Read More »

All Saints Day

Posted by Tracy Poches

All Saints Day

November 1, 2017

Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John wrote the Gospel; so did Thomas, apparently, but his version didn’t make the cut.  John the Baptist was the tail end of a lot of patriarchs and prophets.  Of course there were the followers of Jesus: Peter ... Read More »

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 29, 2017

I don’t think I’m going out on a limb here when I say that for the most part, we are all good and decent people.  Right?  Most of us will drop what we are doing and help our neighbor if they ... Read More »

Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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October 22, 2017

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary time

Stewardship Sunday

 

Mom and Dad have slowed down a bit now that they are in their mid-80’s, but there was a day, before canes and walkers, when they could have pulled won any dance competition. Seriously, in their prime, their ... Read More »

Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 15, 2017

I’m not sure just where this developed, but many of us grow up with, and even hold on to as adults, an image: that at the end of our time God will be standing at the Gates of Heaven with a ... Read More »