Homilies

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Baptism of the Lord

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 1/16/20

It’s not only the beginning of a new year, but we are starting a new decade. Since this year marks the beginning of the 2020s, we begin with an even greater sense of hope this year. Every new year comes with a sense of anticipation and eagerness but we ... Read More »

Epiphany

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 1/06/20

 Happy New Year! I know we are several days into the new year, but it isn’t too late to wish each other health and happiness for the next twelve months. On the table at the back of the church, we have parish calendars. They were late coming in this ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Advent

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 12/29/19

Before I celebrate a funeral, I invite family members of the deceased to meet with me. At the meeting I always start with prayer. In some instances, our meeting is the first time the bereaved family has taken the time to pause from the hectic pace of making funeral ... Read More »

Christmas

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 12/29/19

As I look out today, it is nice to see so many unfamiliar faces. Some of you are accompanied by people familiar to me. So, I assume you are the family and friends of regular parishioners. Welcome. Some of you might be people who haven’t been to church for ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Advent

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

Peter Frates died this week of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the age of 34. He left a wife and young daughter. Although Peter died a young man, he lived a full life. Raised in a Catholic family, he attended high school at St. John’s Prep on the North Shore. ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Advent

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 12/10/19

Tell it like it is. There is something innately appealing about someone willing to always tell the truth. People who aren’t afraid to face reality and encourage others to do the same are of interest to us. When a person comes along who is willing to speak the truth ... Read More »

31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 11/04/19

When I first entered the workforce, I establish an IRA account to save for my retirement. I started an account with the Fidelity Investment managers. Most every year, I have contributed to my account.

Recently, I made a periodic check to see how my account is doing. The Fidelity ... Read More »

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 10/29/19

I was greeting mass goers at the end of a 7:30 Sunday morning Mass at Our Lady of Grace this summer. A woman came up to me and said, “Father, you have a wonderful voice.” I checked to see if she was wearing hearing aids. I then thanked her ... Read More »

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 10/29/19

Today is the final installment of the series of homilies I’ve been calling Confirmation Faith. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been addressing some of the pitfalls experienced by people with a faith that hasn’t grown much since they made their Confirmation back in their early teens.

I enjoy ... Read More »

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 10/29/19

The really important parts of our lives need frequent attention. We need to be constantly aware of developments in our work life. We need to keep our work skills up to date. Even if they are retired, many professionals keep abreast of change in their former line of work. ... Read More »

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