28 Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 17:11-19 October 13, 2019 Today’s passage from Luke’s Gospel is particularly appropriate for our sisters and brothers gathering for Eucharist “north o...
27 Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 17:5-10 October 6, 2019 In his little book entitled: Letter to a Suffering Church, (Click on SufferingChurchBook.com) Bishop Robert Barron points out ...
26 Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 16:19-31 September 29, 2019 This is the second Sunday in a row that the Old Testament Reading was taken from the writings of the Prophet Amos. Amos, o...
25 Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 16:1-13 September 21, 2019 It was recently reported that the New York Attorney General’s office is conducting an investigation into the financial hold...
24 Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 15:1-32 September 15, 2019 This Sunday, The Church gives us a particularly long Gospel. In fact, and most likely because of our really short attention...
23 Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 14:25-33 September 8, 2019 Our Gospel this Sunday begins in a very shocking way. Jesus appears to be encouraging us to hate! Clearly, that isn’t the c...
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 14:1, 7-14 September 1, 2019 There was a time, not so long ago, when a person who had undergone cataract surgery, to remove a cloudy lens that disto...
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 13:22-30 August 25, 2019 If you complete a form online, pay a fee (rather substantial), make an appointment for a personal interview (not always eas...
20 Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 12:49-53 August 18, 2019 Last week, I was a guest of my oldest and dearest friends at their summer home on the shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Pen...
19 Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 12:32-48 August 11, 2019 Last Sunday afternoon, ordinary people were strolling through the Wal-Mart in El Paso, Texas, preparing for various things. S...
18 Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 12:13-21 August 4, 2019 For almost half a century, people speculated about the identity of the person whose over-the-top vanity was described in a son...
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 11:1-13 July 28, 2019 So called “autonomous vehicle technology”…driverless cars…make me very nervous. The very thought of giving complet...
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 10:38-42 July 21, 2019 If this Sunday’s Gospel doesn’t trigger at least one childhood memory, chances are pretty good that you are an only child. Ho...
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 10:25-37 July 14, 2019 July 30, I will be celebrating 25 years of ordained ministry. For me, this is an occasion to look back over the past quarter ...
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 10:1-12, 17-20 July 7, 2019 (Fr. Kelly is presenting a mission appeal for Haiti, where his good friend worked for several years. The Saginaw diocese...
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 9:51-62 June 30, 2019 Most people have heard of Attention Deficit Disorder. Unfortunately, it’s a condition that is almost epidemic. “Impact A...
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ LK 9:11B-17 June 23, 2019 A young nun living in Belgium during the early 1200s had a vision. She saw a brilliant, bright, fu...
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity JN 16:12-15 June 16, 2019 A number of folks have recently asked me what I think about Pope Francis’s decision to “change the Lord’s Prayer.” ...
Pentecost Sunday JN 20:19-23 June 9, 2019 Pentecost is the “birthday of our church.” And, as is the custom with birthdays, Pentecost comes with gifts. When Jesus returned to heaven...
The Ascension of the Lord LK 24:46-53 June 2, 2019 You Can’t Go Home Again is the title of a book by American author Thomas Wolfe. It was published in 1940, after his death. In thi...
Sixth Sunday of Easter JN 14:23-29 May 26, 2019 I recently invited myself to stay with my aunt, who I haven’t seen for way too many years, because she lives on the other side of th...
Fifth Sunday of Easter JN 13:31-33A, 34-35 May 19, 2019 This past Wednesday evening, the Diocese of Saginaw celebrated the jubilees of four women religious who live and serve among...
Fourth Sunday of Easter JN 10:27-30 May 12 2019 We believe that, through our Baptisms, we are called to share in The Lord’s mission and ministry of priest, prophet, and king....
Third Sunday of Easter JN 21:1-19 May 5, 2019 To me, “breakfast” is another word for three cups of strong, black coffee. Unless, of course, there happens to be a cinnam...
Second Sunday of Easter JN 20:19-31 April 28, 2019 Doubt is a force to reckon with. It has the power of a speeding bullet. Rather than directed at the heart, it is aimed at the min...
Easter Sunday JN 20:1-9 April 21, 2019 I’ve never had the experience of witnessing the birth of a child. But, as a Catholic priest, I have been privileged to join families at...
Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion LK 22:14—23:56 April 14, 2019 Even though it has the potential to impact global financial security, I haven’t learned much more about BREXIT...
Fifth Sunday of Lent JN 8:1-11 April 7, 2019 If you haven’t ever actually thrown a stone at someone…not to be mean, mind you…but because they deserved it, or at least you thought t...
Fourth Sunday of Lent LK 15:1-3, 11-32 March 31, 2019 There should probably be a footnote to this reflection identifying the source of the story I am about to tell. But in truth, I...
Third Sunday of Lent LK 13:1-9 March 24, 2019 Today and for the next two Sundays, we have a choice of Readings to proclaim during the Liturgy of the Word. This is a special time fo...
Second Sunday of Lent LK 9:28B-36 March 17, 2019 Last week, it was the Spirit Who led Jesus into the desert. This week, Jesus is in the lead. He takes three of His most trusted and...
First Sunday of Lent Luke 4:1-13 March 10, 2019 I have a good friend who is faced with a serious, life-changing decision. The choice is between two very fine and worthy activities....
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 6:39-45 March 3, 2019 After several follow-up visits to the optometrist, complaining that her new glasses had not improved her vision whatsoever, ...
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 6:27-38 February 24, 2019 I had a visit from the now adult child of one of my oldest friends. I hadn’t seen him since he was in middle scho...
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 6:17, 20-26 February 17, 2019 Amazonia isn’t a country. It’s the region surrounding the Amazon River. If it were a country, it would be...
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time LK 5:1-11 February 10, 2019 On the surface, today’s Readings clearly speak to vocation…the call by God to serve. But, if you plunge deeper...
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary TimeLK 4:21-30 February 3, 2019 Saturday morning, the “7-day weather forecast” looked pretty bleak. Lots of snow and very cold temperatures we...
Third Sunday in Ordinary TimeLK 1:1-4; 4:14-21January 27, 2019 The State of the Union Address scheduled for January 29 has been postponed to a future date yet to be determined. Mor...
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time JN 2:1-11 January 20, 2019 THE TODAY SHOW aired a little feature story about wine. Guests were invited to a fancy wine-tasting party. The room where ...
The Baptism of the Lord LK 3:15-16, 21-22January 13, 2019 THE WALL!These days, in the USA, those two little words evoke some powerful and vivid images, not to mention emotions...
The Epiphany of the LordMT 2:1-12January 6, 2019 There really and truly was a King Herod. Historical documents as well as archeological ruins of the opulent palaces he built in and...
Feast of the Holy Family LK 2:41-52 December 30, 2018 Last fall, an old friend and her husband were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. I asked if they were going to have a...
Fourth Sunday of Advent LK 1:39-45 December 23, 2018 I am certainly looking forward to tomorrow evening…CHRISTMAS EVE! But, as I reflect on the Gospel proclaimed on this fina...
Third Sunday of Advent LK 3:10-18 November 16, 2018 From the way he is described in the Gospels, one wouldn’t expect John the Baptist to be the grand marshal of the Christmas parad...
Second Sunday of Advent LK 3:1-6 December 9, 2018 I was nursing my third cup of “morning joe,” getting a very slow start to what I knew would be a very busy day. Just a...