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Our responsibility is great. We are witnesses and precursors.

by Fr. Rich

Behold the Lord will come, prepare His way, make straight His path. . . John [the Baptist] knows that God is preparing something very great, something for which he is to be the instrument; and he himself points in the direction that the Holy Spirit shows him. We know much more now about what it […]

Congratulations Deacon Steven Miller.

by Fr. Rich

We wish to extend  our congratulations  to Steven Miller  who will be  ordained a  Permanent Deacon  in the Diocese of Scranton this Saturday at St. Peter’s Cathedral. Steve, and his wife Karen, serve the parish as lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, members of the  Contemporary Choir, and the various societies. We welcome Steve into the clerical state […]

Be and give the gift of Hope.

by Fr. Rich

The Christophers have a saying: “It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” Today we begin the season of Advent and we light one candle – the candle of Hope. It is a small dim light against a world that often seems forbidding and dark. But we light it because we […]

We have much to be thankful for.

by Fr. Rich

A teenager got mad at her parents because they never gave her the things she wanted or needed. So she decided to leave home and go out on her own. She packed her bags. Her parents saw her and said the suit case is theirs, the phone is the daughters but the service will now […]

Trust God’s Spirit

by Fr. Rich

When Mother Teresa had to make a speech, she did not use notes or read from a prepared text. To get ready, she would simply withdraw to a church or chapel or other quiet place for a few minutes and pray. Then, when the time for her talk came, she always found the words she […]

The life of resurrection is different from existence as we know it.

by Fr. Rich

This past week we celebrated the Feast of All Saints and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed. These two celebrations together remind us of our own destiny, the promise of eternity, and the hope of enjoying the blessed vision of God’s presence forever in heaven. During November, as the earth itself seems to be […]

What would you do to see Jesus?

by Fr. Rich

Today’s Gospel tells us about Zacchaeus, a wealthy tax collector, who was curious to see Jesus. He was short in stature and knew he would not be able to see over the crowds. So he went out of his way to climb a tree just to see Jesus who then said I must stay at […]

Leave the judging to the Lord.

by Fr. Rich

In today’s Gospel: who is the bad guy and who is the good guy? The Pharisee who didn’t go away justified was the one who knew the scriptures and lived them to the letter. They taught them to others. They defended the faith and when their country was overthrown they were martyred for that faith. […]

Prayer is our means of creating a relationship with God.

by Fr. Rich

Be persistent in prayer is what Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel. But in today’s society, persistence isn’t what we do. We want answers immediately. Such as, I said a prayer this morning and by noon, nothing happened. I guess God isn’t listening! What are we looking for? What kind of answer do we expect? […]

Mass is our great prayer of Thanksgiving

by Fr. Rich

This message comes as we are trying to end the Covid-19 isolation – our own leper experience of being isolated from society. But as we come back from all this, have we taken the time to show our appreciation? For some it may have been food supplies, some stimulus checks, others live streaming Masses, and […]