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Holy Week is Upon Us

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 4/07/19

Beginning today the Catholic Church enters Holy Week the most sacred time of its Liturgical year. As we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem today, we prepare to gather in Church several times this week to commemorate his salvific passion, crucifixion, death and resurrection. Lent the forty days of ... Read More »

Celebrating the Season of Lent

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 4/02/19

Now that we are in the second half of Lent there is a shift in the tone of the season. Rather than a penitential tone the season begins to look ahead to the salvific work of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection. God’s great gift of Jesus’ redemptive offering of ... Read More »

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 3/26/19

Back in February at the end of Pope Francis’ meeting with bishops from around the world on the sexual abuse crisis he spoke about how the problem of abuse is very pervasive in our society. Some detractors accused the pope of trying to deflect criticism on the issue with ... Read More »

Personally, opposed but…

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 3/19/19

In January the New York State Legislature enacted what it called the “Reproductive Health Act”. That title is really a misnomer for a new law that would continue legal abortion in New York State should a more anti-abortion US Supreme Court majority decide to overturn the Roe V Wade ... Read More »

Wishing you “Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaiobh” – Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 3/12/19

Oh, if only Gene Clancy were here to read this headline! The blessings of the Christian patron of Ireland on all members of Holy Redeemer Parish. There are few saints as famous as the patron saint of Ireland. While St. Patrick is well-known, we don’t know too much about ... Read More »

Lenten Ember Days

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 3/03/19

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of this week are the Lenten Ember Days. Ember Days are three days of fasting and prayer traditionally set aside to mark the turn of each seasons. After Vatican II their celebration was made optional. In the wake of last summer’s flare up in the ... Read More »

Reflections on Pope’s Sex Abuse Conference

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 2/27/19

Pope Francis’ historic worldwide conference on the Church Sex Abuse Scandal came to a close last Sunday. As is the case with all such events mixed reviews were offered on Monday. Some abuse victim advocates panned the conference’s outcome. They were critical because the conference didn’t promulgate concrete new ... Read More »

Evangelizing Without Being Obnoxious

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 2/03/19

The Season of Lent is just around the corner. Ash Wednesday the beginning of the season is March 6. This week a letter outlining our plans for Lent will be mailed to parish households. Watch for it in your mail. The Lenten Season is a great time for evangelization ... Read More »

Celebrating World Marriage Day This Weekend

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 2/03/19

In all three of today’s reading from the Liturgy of the Word we hear about how a vocation is a gift of God. It is different from a job. A vocation is a special calling from God that takes all of our energy. Isaiah, Paul and the apostles Simon ... Read More »

Candles, A Martyr, and Committing Your Life to God,

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 1/27/19

It has been forty days since Christmas and so on Saturday the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. According to Luke’s gospel this is the day that Mary and Joseph brought the infant Jesus into the Temple for the first time. They came ... Read More »


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