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Mark 5:21-43: When Jesus Moves Slowly

by Nat Holdridge “Waiting is the hardest part,”  singer/songwriter Tom Petty once crooned. We all know this to be true.  We know believers are called to “put on…patience” (Colossians 3:12). We know the Bible is filled with related words — long-suffering, endurance, steadfastness, and waiting.  But this waiting with patience

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Mark 3:20-35 — Believe The Right Things About Jesus

by Nate Holdridge The Scene (20-22) 20 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. 21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.” 22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem

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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

by Kendra Von Esh Next Sunday is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, the Eucharist, the real presence of God—this is the source and summit of the Catholic Faith. Gospel Reading: Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread,when they

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First Communion – May 12, 2024

We celebrate with joy those young members of our community that made their first communion last weekend: Tierney Elliott, Fiona Howe, Sai Jayachandran, Malia Lyzinski, Calvin Roach, Timothy Rodgers, Filomena Smith, Lydia Stanley, Evelyn Wiesner. Let us pray that this gift of the Eucharist enriches their lives and leads them

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Thoughts on Pentecost and John 20:19-23

by Rev. James Laurence Next weekend we celebrate one of the great festivals in our church year, the Day of Pentecost. When we think of Pentecost, most of us probably think of the famous account of it in the Acts of the Apostles, which was our first reading today (Acts

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Etymologies of Common Phrases

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you were “piss poor.” But worse than that were the really

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The 7th Sunday of Easter

Working Out Our Life – A Look at John 17:6-19 by Michael K. Marsh In today’s gospel Jesus is praying. He’s not talking to the disciples and he’s not talking to us. He’s not teaching and he’s not giving instructions. He’s praying, and we’re listening in. And what a prayer it

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Teddy Stoddard and his teacher Mrs. Tompson

by Elizabeth Silance Ballard There is a story many years ago of an elementary teacher. Her name was Mrs. Thompson. And as she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at

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John 15:9-17, That Your Joy May Be Full

by Brent Kercheville I want us to turn our attention to John 15:11 because this is the thesis statement for this paragraph. “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” This is a huge statement. What Jesus

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Bearing Fruit in the True Vine (John 15:1-8)

By Saul Ciresi One of many areas in which I possess near-total incompetence is gardening. I am not a gardener. But I can mow the lawn, pick berries, and maybe even keep a cactus alive for a bit. After I bought my first house in Windsor, it was time to

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The Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

Every time I assisted pilgrimages to the Holy Land, we stopped in Magdala. It is the site of a memorial church built recently to Women of the Gospels. You walk into the church and a dome is held up by seven pillars with women’s names on them. These are heroines

The Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, This June, let us advocate for migrants at our southern border who face mortal danger. Many Latinos have varied but valid reasons to come to our door: death squads in their home countries, gangs that had been extorting money from them, misguided leaders who ruined economies

The Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

Every time I assisted pilgrimages to the Holy Land, we stopped in Magdala. It is the site of a memorial church built recently to Women of the Gospels. You walk into the church and a dome is held up by seven pillars with women’s names on them. These are heroines

The Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, This June, let us advocate for migrants at our southern border who face mortal danger. Many Latinos have varied but valid reasons to come to our door: death squads in their home countries, gangs that had been extorting money from them, misguided leaders who ruined economies

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