A Homily delivered at St.
Homily — 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year CDelivered at St. Mary’s and the Mission Parish, February 3, 2013.It’s been my privilege this year to have been given responsibility for helping those in our parish who are preparing for entry into the Catholic Church.
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The Borders of Baptism: Identities, Allegiances and the Churchby Michael L. Budde2011, Cascade Books, Eugene Oregon.A provocative collection of essays, arguing that in practice, North American Christians understand ourselves as Canadians or Americans first, and as Christians only second.To accept that claim is to agree that North American Christians often end up denying in their social and political practice, the very claims of the faith they profess each Sunday
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Five months isn’t an anniversary that’s commonly celebrated, but on November 27th it will have been exactly five months since I carried my belongings up two flights of stairs in our big, old rectory here in Owen Sound to begin my first ever assignment as an associate Pastor.St. Mary’s Owen SoundSince my first “new priest” post on this blog back in July (found HERE) I’ve celebrated weddings, funerals and baptisms, anointed the sick, and I’m continuing the process of trying to match the faces I see at Mass each Sunday with the names and personal stories that go with them.
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Over the years I’ve found myself disenchanted with the tendency among Catholics to turn secular political debates into “Catholic” political debates. I use the scare quotes because political issues are often defined in ways that simply don’t fit well with a Catholic world view.
I’m just back in Owen Sound from our annual Priests’ Seminar, held this year in Burlington. The seminar runs over three days, and unlike many of our gatherings, focuses on the professional, rather than the spiritual side of our vocation.
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I’m just back in Owen Sound from our annual Clergy Seminar, held this year in Burlington. The seminar runs over three days, and unlike many of our gatherings, focuses on the professional, rather than the spiritual side of our vocation
A Homily delivered at St. Mary’s Parish, Owen Sound27th Sunday, Yr BIt is simply true that if the parish, or the particular congregation he is serving is large enough, every Catholic priest in Canada who proclaims today’s gospel, and then chooses to preach on Jesus’ teaching on marriage and divorce, will stand in front of at least some people for whom this teaching is not merely hard, but painful.The idea that the union of a man and woman in marriage is part of God’s plan for creation is certainly beautiful
Edited version of a Homily, Delivered at St. Mary’s and the Missions ParishSeptember 2nd, 2012, 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time.Dt 4:1-2, 6-8 — Ps 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5 — Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27 — Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23If you read the sports pages of the paper or your favourite web site, you may have heard that Lance Armstrong, the famous American cyclist – seven-time winner of the Tour de France — recently decided that he would not fight charges from the governing body of his sport that he was doping during the time he won those races – breaking the rules of the sport to boost his performance with illegal substances and techniques