Prepare the way of the Lord

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Our readings from Holy Scripture on this Second Sunday of Advent remind us of what we are supposed to be doing during Advent, in fact what we are supposed to be doing throughout our lives....

Each according to his own ability

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As I sit down now to write this “Corner”, I have just returned to the rectory from our Monday evening Mass, where the concise Gospel reading from Luke 21:1-4 told of the poor widow putting...

Christ the King

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This Sunday is the Solemnity of Christ the King, and it brings an end to Ordinary Time in this Church calendar year. It is never referred to as the 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time, even...

Our Thanksgiving Holiday

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I will be away this weekend in California to join my four children and their families in a rare, “all present” gathering. The Thanksgiving holiday school break makes this possible. While this American Thanksgiving Day...

Love is Stronger Than Death

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On the first two days of this month of November, the Church implores us to confront the mystery of death. I addressed this direction last Sunday in this “Corner” as well as in my homily....

The Faithful Departed

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I sit to write this Corner on the evening of All Souls Day, as we have now entered the month of November which is dedicated by the Church to remember, in a special way, “our...

Seek not to be loved, as to love

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In today’s Gospel Reading from St. Matthew a lawyer among the Pharisees again tries to entrap Jesus by asking Him the question, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest.” Jesus’ response appears multiple...

Well done, my good and faithful servant!

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I am writing this “Corner” from Mexico City. I am here on an inspirational pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a number of our parishioners. I wish I could be both...

Heeding the Message of Our Lady

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Here I am writing this “Corner” message on the eve of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s final apparition at Fatima, back in 1917. In addition to our normal 8:30 a.m. Mass on this day,...

The 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

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Next Friday, the 13th of October 2017, will be the centenary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. In concert with Miracle of the Sun she promised to the children, that would provide...

A Powerful Lesson

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We heard in last week’s Gospel a powerful lesson about forgiveness. But, really, are we to forgive someone that many times…77 times? Since my ordination to priesthood, going on almost ten years now, I have...

The Gift of Presence

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As I write this “Corner” on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, my homily for this feast centered on the “sometimes hard to fathom” precept that God never abandons us in our sufferings and...

Myths and Misinformation

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I mentioned last week that I would follow up on some of the misinformation and inaccurate myths that have crept into the minds of recent generations of Catholics, and here are a few of the...

Our Society of Adorers

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On Friday, a “First Friday”, we, as a parish, presented to Our Loving Savior, yet another 24-Hour Adoration period. We began these 24-Hour Adoration periods some 13 months ago and through the diligent and tireless...

The Corporate Funding Project

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I have felt motivated recently to draw our attention to the continuing evil of abortion in our country (centered primarily in the facilities of Planned Parenthood). The focus of the current federal government administration has...

Saved by the King of the Jews

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The Gospel for this Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time relates a clarifying message from Jesus, presented in a quite subtle way for His Disciples to learn from. The Jewish people were deemed to be God’s...

Respectful Attention to the Real Presence

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Last week in this “Corner” I gave a brief description and profile of the Saints that are represented by our new statues. The new crucifix for the Totus Tuus was put in place this past...

Our Seven Statues

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August has arrived, and the beginning of the new school year is upon us. We have been hearing a lot about nature in our Scriptural readings and Gospels about seeds, plants, their growing and their...

The Fatima Prayer

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Over the past few months, we have been focusing on heightening the awareness of all parishioners that the Nave (main area of the church) and our Totus Tuus Marian Chapel are the most sacred of...

“Benchmark Anniversary” Celebration

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Approximately one year ago, I received a request from a long-time (22 years) parish couple regarding celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. The dignity and sacredness of the Sacrament of Matrimony has been severely assaulted by...

God’s Word is an expression of His mercy

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Last week, we addressed the wide-spread errors and outright prevarication (lies) that have been spread by LGBT activists, that veritably contradict the scientific facts regarding the unfortunate mental confusion brought on by a condition entitled...

The One, True Catholic Faith

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The Summer season has been officially launched with the celebration of our Declaration of Independence Day. And, as mentioned last week in this “Corner”, much more than our Independence was declared, fought for, and defended...

Fortnight for Freedom

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For 12 days now we have been praying, as a parish (and as individuals at home), for the Protection of our Religious Freedom. This prayerful “Fortnight for Freedom” will end in two days when we celebrate...

Sacred Spaces

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Some weeks ago we began providing explanations, definitions, and clarifications regarding the various spaces and elements of our church. We last explained the Ambo, the Celebrants Chair, Images and Statues, Relics, and the Baptismal Font....

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Jesus begins our Gospel telling the gathered crowd: ”I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats...

Spiritus Sanctus

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Our Easter Season concluded last Sunday with the arrival of the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Pentecost. The homily focused on the Holy Spirit’s arrival being the fulfillment of the promise Jesus made (prior...

Transgender Ideology

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For more information on “The Catholic Response to Transgender Ideology“, view this document from The National Catholic Bioethics Center.

The Prayers of Fatima

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As we continue into this centenary year in remembrance of the warnings, messages and miracles connected with Our Lady of Fatima, it is good to remember that we were given 5 special prayers. The apparitions...

Framing a Catholic Response to Transgender Ideology

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First of all, I want to offer my deepest gratitude to the many parishioners who have offered me their condolences, on the death of my sister, Deirdre Ragan. You have been most consoling. Thank you!...

Elements of our Sacred Space

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I offer my continued blessings in this Easter season. A time of year that is mixed with celebration of graduations,anniversaries of accomplishments and passings, sacramental conferrals, and planning for summers and futures. I am currently...

Visions of Hell

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I am going to delay a week before continuing the explanations of the various spaces and elements in the Catholic Church. We are immersed in this centenary year of the apparitions of Our Lady to...

4th Sunday of Easter

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May your Easter Season continue to be blessed with happiness and spiritual joy. Our Spring Carnival, is but 5 days away, and on behalf of the parish I want to thank Ben Lelina for the...

Narthax, Nave & Sanctuary

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I extend a continuing Happy Easter to one and all, as we continue through this joyous Easter season.  Yes…He has risen, (the greatest of miracles), which therefore validates the Truth of all that He taught...

“Acts of Mercy”

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He is Risen!…He is truly Risen! Please accept my warm wishes and prayers for a most blessed and Happy Easter to you and all your family members. On this most Holy Day, during which we...

“Spiritual Growth Element”

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“Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.”  Here we are….we have arrived at our entrance into the Holiest of Weeks in...

Pray the Rosary

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Easter Sunday is but two weeks away, and now is a good time to assess our progress in this preparatory Lenten time. The Easter Vigil and morning Masses at Easter are meant to remind us...

“Our Faith Is Worth Fighting For”

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As I finally sit to write this “Corner”, I have a myriad of spiritual subjects and concerns swirling through my head. I am in the midst of writing four talks that will be given within...

Prayer, Fasting  and Almsgiving

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I am writing this “Corner” in the early afternoon on Monday before the visit to our Parish of the Centenary Pilgrim Image (statue) of Our Lady of Fatima.  This being the 100th Anniversary of the...

“Our Lady of Fatima”

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As we enter the Second Week of Lent, we certainly have a lot going on, here at the parish, to help us focus on the tri-part elements of Lent…those elements being prayer, fasting, and almsgiving....

Know Your Faith So You Can Defend It

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I would like to thank all of you parishioners who attended the prayerful, multi-faith “Jericho March” around the City Hall on the evening of the HRO Amendment Vote by Jacksonville’s City Council, this past Tuesday....

Help stop the “HRO Amendment”

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It is getting late in the game, however I simply want, with one last exhortation, to encourage all conscientious, faith-adhering Catholics, particularly those who live and vote in Duval County, to read-up on the same-sex/transgender...

The “Human Rights Ordinance”. 

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As we heard in last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus sat down to teach his “Sermon on the Mount”. Sitting was the ancient way. Teachers today, stand in front of a class, but in His day, the...

In Support of Life

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The inauguration of our new President is complete, and I dare say a new day is dawning. The air is filled with promises and pledges of hope for the pre-born. If you are a committed...

“By the People”

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We are well into the liturgical Year of Grace, as well as our National Respect Life Month, and we are at the halfway mark in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which began this...

Defining Tolerance

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Here we are with our new year, barely two weeks old. But what a whirlwind of activity we have already swirling around us. Much of it is Political, both national and international, and having just...

Positive and Happy start to our new year

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Praying that we are all off to a Positive and Happy start to our new year. With one week under our belts and 51 more to go, the “Happy” part is totally within our control.  The...

“Are You Willing?”

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Happy Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord! Happy Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God! Happy World Day of Peace!… and…Happy New Year! Yes…there is certainly a lot for us to be...

“O Holy Night”

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It is five nights before Christmas, and all through the parish, we have volunteers stirring, to help those we cherish. A bit corny,    I realize, but as I write this on Tuesday evening…I do want...

Stay Prepared!

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Advent here in our Diocese, has been greatly blessed, year after year, by an abundance of Parish Missions and Communal Penance Service evenings, where there is a choice of from eight to twelve priests available...

“Call to Joy”

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This weekend, we find ourselves gazing at the remaining weeks of Advent through Rose-colored glasses… (well at least rose-colored vestments…used twice a year…in the middle of Lent and Advent). The joyful, rose colored vestments are...

Advent “Our Annual Checkup”

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We are in our second week of Advent…well into this Season of preparation. Advent draws us annually into a time to focus on preparing ourselves spiritually, for the second coming of Our Savior.  This will...

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

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I am writing this while I am still in Jerusalem on our pilgrimage. In saying Holy Mass each day at one holy site after another, the importance of the Eucharistic presence of Jesus in our...

Our Lady, Queen of Victory, pray for us!

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Although you will read this 13 days from now, I am writing this “Corner” reflection on Election Day. I voted pro-life, and I pray that all true Catholics, did the same. I am fully aware...

Unborn Lives Do Matter

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I am writing this “Corner” on Sunday November 6th, since it is due at the Bulletin Company, tomorrow, Monday November 7th. When you read this, the 2016 National Election will be history. Let us unite...

Medical Marijuana?

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With the immensity of the Moral Implications inherent in the coming national elections, I have been focused on making it clear, and understood, how those moral issues impact our Catholicity. I hope and pray that...

Holy Days of Obligations

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Monday wraps up the month of October with the “Eve of all Hallows”, the “Eve of All Saints” which has morphed over the decades to be known as “Halloween”. On the day after this Eve...

Become Pro-Active

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I would again like to thank the large number of our parishioners that patronized the new pro-life movie, “Voiceless”. Your support and patronage allowed it to be extended for an additional week. It presented a...

Five Non-Negotiables

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I am writing this “Corner” from the Annual Diocesan Priest’s Retreat at Marywood, which will be shortened by a day due to Hurricane Matthew. The Bulletin publisher has shortened their deadline by a day, for...

Respect for Life Month

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It is October already…hard to believe the year is flying by so quickly.  So much has occurred in the first nine months.  A brand new church—hundreds of new families…and challenges galore going forward.  While it...

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil

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“The times, they are a changin!” These lyrics popped into my head, as I sat down to write this “Corner” article. I wanted to capture the thoughts that have been running through my head all...

“Voting” Your Moral Responsibility

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What an action-packed time of year the month of September presents us this year.  We have had… the joy-filled canonization of the most revered saint, St. Teresa of Calcutta; the beginning of football season (high...

September Brings a Rush of Spiritual Adrenalin

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Here we are already into the first days of September and the Labor Day break. School has begun for our young and so do our religious education programs for the young and the adults. When...

Voting One’s Conscience

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Well, August is just about over, and we are heading full speed into the Election Season. Hard to believe that summer has gone by so fast. As Catholics, we hear over and over again, especially...

Educational Ministry Volunteers – Are you Called?

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Our children have returned to their classrooms, and schools are back in session. Most all of the young people I speak to are enthusiastic and excited to get back. Well, that “nine month learning season”...

Courageous Living

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The central message of this Sunday’s readings is that we are meant to courageously speak out and live out our religious convictions and principles in our lives. That is what Jeremiah did, what Paul did,...

Building a Society of Adorers

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We are in the process of finishing our St. John Paul II, Totus Tuus Marian Chapel. The Vigil Light that was sent off to have the plating corrected to a true golden finish, complementing our...

Papal Opinions

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I read a great editorial in the Our Sunday Visitor weekly newspaper that I felt succinctly addressed some current concerns among attentive Catholics seeking clarity regarding the many candid papal opinions that have arisen in news interviews....

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

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I wrote in this “Corner” and spoke briefly after each Mass last weekend, about our plans to begin our life-enriching parish initiative of a Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration (PEA) program. I mentioned that we need to...

Adoration of the Exposed Corpus Christi

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As mentioned in last week’s “Corner”, we had our first 24-hour Adoration in our new, secure Marian Adoration Chapel. I want to thank the many (some attending for several hours) that made the commitment to...