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BREAKING OPEN THE WORD

Homilies and reflections Sister Laudem Gloriae Two-minute homily The Rev. Adrian Farrelly Catholic Women Preach Crista Carrick Mahoney The First Reading (2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a) Elisha & the Shunammite Woman Life Lessons from a Shunammite Woman By DeVonne White Lesson 1: Take Time for Hospitality This woman’s miraculous story would have never happened if she had […]

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JESUS’ SACRED HEART – GOD’S BURNING LOVE

The month of June is dedicated in the Catholic calendar to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, whose celebrated on the Friday of the third week after Pentecost (June 19, 2020) . The Sacred Heart image often depicted in art and sculpture as a wounded heart, sometimes encircled by a crown of thorns and radiating light […]

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JUNE 27: ST. CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA

(circa 378-444) Most of us would like to think that our revered saints are without blemish, that everything in their lives was chaste, holy and just. There are some parts of St. Cyril’s story that would challenge that idea by our modern standards. Cyril was the nephew of Theophilus, the patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt. Ordained […]

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JUNE 26: ST. ANTHELM

(1107-1178) Anthelm was born in the South of France and did not begin his religious career until after a visit to the Carthusian Charterhouse at Portes when he was 30 years old Only two years past before he became the abbot of Le Grande Chartreuse. In this position he undertook reconstruction of the physical facility, […]

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JUNE 25: ST. FEBRONIA

(284-304) A version of the story of today’s saint says that St. Febronia was raised during the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian by her aunt Briena, the superior of a convent in Sibapoli, Syria. She was renowned for her beauty, piety and virtue. When she was about 19 years old Diocletian sent the prefect […]

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JUNE 24: ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

(Martyred 30 AD) John the Baptist is a familiar figure in Christian lore. He was born to Zachary, a priest and Elizabeth, a cousin of Mary. It is told that the couple was on in years, pious and virtuous, but Elizabeth was barren, much to their disappointment. One day, when Zachary was about to offer […]

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JUNE 23: ST. JOSEPH CAFASSO

(1811-1860) If St. Joseph Cafasso were a book, you certainly could not know it by its cover. Born with a twisted spine, he was small in stature and a bit deformed. His pleasant face and commanding voice quickly earned the respect of those who encountered him. He was a riveting speaker and an admired teacher. […]

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JUNE 22: ST. THOMAS MORE

(1478-1535) Thomas More was an English Renaissance man, scholar, politician and a martyr for his Catholic convictions. An Oxford educated man, he was a master of Latin, Greek and logic. He was a writer of comedies and other works, including the first great histography in English, History of Richard III and Utopia, which criticized the […]

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JUNE 21: ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA

(1568-1591) By all rights, Aloysius Gonzaga should have lived a long and prosperous life. Sometimes divine fate takes the best of us before we can fulfill our earthly promise. Aloysius was born to one of the foremost families of Northern Italy in Stiviere, Republic of Venice. Trained for a military career, he received his education […]

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CALL TO WORSHIP & CENTERING PRAYERS

During this time of pandemic, today’s scriptures certainly are timely. Jesus tells us not to be afraid, to speak the truth with clarity and light. There is nothing to fear. God is intimately with us at every moment — God, who has counted every hair on our heads. To the point: Jesus tells the Twelve […]