Homilies

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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 »

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 10/01/19

Back in the spring, we conducted a parish survey. In the survey, we asked several questions regarding parishioner interest in participating in various forms of adult religious education. As I told you after we compiled the results, there wasn’t much interest in adult faith formation in the parish. Two-thirds ... Read More »

25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 9/26/19

You have probably all heard this joke. It has been around for years. There seems there was a priest, a rabbi, and a minister who all got together on Wednesday afternoons for lunch. One week the priest was late because he had a funeral and the committal was out ... Read More »

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 9/17/19

How many of you went to Catholic schools? Quite a few of you. I think I’ve told you in the past that my first day in a Catholic school was my first day in seminary. My formal childhood religious education came in my parish faith formation program. While many ... Read More »

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 9/10/19

Give me Jesus! Give me Jesus! There ain’t nothin’ in this old world I want just give me Jesus! So, go the words of an African American spiritual that Ryan Peteraf our music director had us singing at daily Mass one day this week. It is a lovely song ... Read More »

22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 9/02/19

Jesus never gave to charity. The gospels never tell us of a time when Jesus went to the pantry got a few boxes of pasta, some tomato sauce, cereal and granola bars put them into a bag and took them to the local St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. ... Read More »

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 9/02/19

It has been thirty years since I have visited Nova Scotia. The last time I was there was on a trip to Atlantic Canada that I made with two seminary friends. One of them was friendly with a Religious Sister who was a native of Nova Scotia. Through her ... Read More »

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