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28th Sunday OT '17 - Heart of a Steward - Trust

We are called to a great eternal banquet, but a simple yes does not suffice. Do we prepare our hearts with trust, seeking conversion?

Duration: 00:12:16

Parish Consecration Prayer

Consecrating ourselves to the Lord through the Blessed Mother, we offered this prayer at the end of our Mass on the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima.

Duration: 00:02:02

Votive of Mary. Mother of the Church 10/13/17

On the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, we offered a special school/parish Mass in which we prayed the votive Mass of the Blessed Mother, Mother of the Church. At the end of Mass, we consecrated ourselves, our parishes, our School and Little Angels Preschool, to the Blessed Mother.

Duration: 00:13:26

27 Sunday OT '17 - Heart of a Steward - Generousity

Are we generous with the Lord who has provided everything we have and need?

Duration: 00:09:17

26th Sunday OT '17 - Heart of a Steward - Humble Service

Continuing with the virtues and gifts of a steward, we ask to follow the mind of Jesus, who humble serves us.

Duration: 00:13:23

25th Sunday '17 - Heart of a Steward - Gratitude

We are invited to live lives of gratitude, which means we cannot be greedy or envious. What are we truly grateful for?

Duration: 00:13:39

St. Matthew '17 - Our Story

The John Ireland School Mass. St. Matthew recorded his story of how Jesus called him. Jesus calls us - what's our story going to be?

Duration: 00:10:06

24th Sunday OT '17 - Let It Go

Jesus tells us to forgive 77 times, from our heart. But forgiveness is hard, and we make it harder but not understanding what it really is. When we forgive others, we are more able to receive God's forgiveness. To receive God's love, we must let it go...

Duration: 00:15:02

Exultation of the Cross '17 - What's it Matter

At the weekly John Ireland School Mass (done in dialog form), we asked ourselves what does Jesus' death and Resurrection, which we celebrate on the Exultation of the Cross, matter to us. What are we going to do?

Duration: 00:10:25

23rd Sunday OT '17 - The Watchman's Correction

Jesus gives the model of fraternal correction, and we are so hesitant to use it. Perhaps, we ought to ask some questions: Are we given authority to guide (like the watchmen of old)? Are we loving the other person? Is it a sin (Illegal, immoral, or unjust)? Are we loving the person we need to correct? Are we seeking conversion and reconciliation? Are we doing it in a manner that most protects everyone's dignity?

Duration: 00:15:15

22nd Sunday OT '17 - Accept the Cross

Jesus invites us to accept the cross in our life. It is not just in one area or one hardship, but the entirety of our lives that we need to accept the cross.

Duration: 00:10:11

21st Sunday OT '17 - We are the Church

St. Peter answers the question of who Jesus is, and Jesus states that He will build His church on Peter. This means that we, the people who proclaim Jesus the Christ, are the Church, called to proclaim Him to all.

Duration: 00:10:44

20th Sunday '17 - No Room for Hate

As we hear of Jesus' interaction with the Canaanite woman, we might reflect on the nature of race relations in our current day. If we are filled with the love of Christ, there will be no room for hate.

Duration: 00:13:50

Assumption '17 - The Ark

As we celebrate the Assumption, we call to mind Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant. Just as the Ark of the Old Covenant was in the center of the temple, this Ark is taken to the center of God's kingdom - Heaven.

Duration: 00:07:51

19th Sunday '17 - Called and equipped

Elijah and St. Peter both experienced the Lord's call, and the Lord equipped them both to follow that call. The Lord has called us, too, and He is equipping us - do we respond in fear or faith?

Duration: 00:12:04

Transfiguration '17 - Encounter

Ss. Peter, James, and John encounter Jesus as he reveals His divinity to them, preparing them for the scandal of the Cross. Peter shares that encounter, encouraging the hearer to faith. We, too, have encountered Him, but are we sharing that encounter. Only when we do will we be effective in leading others to be disciples.

Duration: 00:15:59

17th Sunday OT '17 - Pearls of Great Price

Whether we stumble upon the Kingdom of God or we are actively searching for it, its possession is not ours unless we are willing to give all. It is easy to see those who have purchased the Kingdom by giving all, but for most, the question is whether we have put all to the disposal of God. Only when we do will we have the pearl of great price.

Duration: 00:12:37

16th Sunday OT '17 - Seeds and Weeds

The Parable of the Wheat and weeds demonstrates a reason God allows evil - because removing the weeds would cause too much damage. It also provides a reminder that the Kingdom of Heaven comes choice by choice.

Duration: 00:11:26

15th Sunday OT '17 - Seeds of Disciples

As Christ speaks in parables, He invites us to relationship with Him. As we hear of the ground on which the seed falls, we might think of those in our lives who fall into those types, and see the way to help them be disciples, too.

Duration: 00:14:43

14th Sunday Ordinary time '17 - Work and Rest

Jesus invites us to find rest by accepting His yoke. Are we afflicted with always being busy with Christian activities (done without Christ, all sort of activities that do not ultimately matter, or convince ourselves we are too busy to find rest in Him?

Duration: 00:11:37

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