25th Sunday Ordinary Time – Homily (Fr. Smith)

There is a Hasidic story about a poor man who became a great rabbi. He was not well educated, nor handsome nor a great orator but he knew God, loved his people, and developed a large congregation. He had a son who was good looking, blessed with a great voice and due to his father’s success received a splendid education. When he returned from his schooling, his father retired and turned his synagogue over to him. He was not a great success. He did all he was supposed to do and when that did not work, he strived harder trying many styles of preaching and teaching. But something was missing, and his congregation drifted away. In frustration he went to a mountain, stood at a cliff, and called out to God that he would not leave until God told him what to do.

A voice came from heaven: JUMP. 

The story ends here, but I think Mark is answering it for Christians today.

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Community Mass – 25th Sunday Ordinary Time


Please join us to celebrate the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time on Sunday, September 19, 2021.

Our current Mass times are:

  • 9 AM EDT – Morning Mass – in person
  • 11:15 AM EDT – Community Mass – in person and streamed online
  • 7 PM EDTEvening Mass – in person

    Watch the video live or on replay via YouTube Live by clicking in the window above.

Entrance: We Gather Together – 638
Responsorial Psalm & Readings -1165
Offertory: Make Me a Channel of Your Peace – 828
Communion: Taste and See – 930
Closing: Canticle of the Sun – 576

The Gather 3rd Edition Hymnal/Missals are now available for use in the church – pick one up as you enter and return it after Mass. Instructions on how to use the hymnal missal are available here: https://www.stcharlesbklyn.org/hymnal-missal/ .

Today’s readings are also available to read online here: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/091221.cfm

24th Sunday Ordinary Time – Homily (Fr. Smith)

Think of the images of the year to date. The Capital invaded, emergency rooms overflowing, ecological revenge in fire and water, people on life support from the delta variant and most recently Afghanis hanging on to airplanes taking off from Kabul. Yet for me the most lasting image will be of Marine Corps Sergeant Nicole Gee holding a baby that was I hope eventually transported out of Afghanistan and posting “I love my job”. She was killed two days later. This is tragic, ironic, and poignant all at the same time, but also an illustration of what the Gospel means by “take up your cross and follow me.”

Marks’s audience knew that Jesus had been crucified and believed that he had been resurrected. This was an act of power which overshadowed the Roman Empire. Yet Rome was still persecuting them. Throughout the gospel, Mark and indeed all the gospel writers will show that Jesus is bringing the kingdom that is both already here, but not yet complete. The disciples can expect misunderstanding and persecution from their own families, communities, and the empire itself. Christians will be expected to give an account of their beliefs, and this will be difficult. It is literally the cross: they must confess that Jesus both died and rose. Jesus’ demand is that we show integrity when we are challenged and continue this proclamation and live its consequences. A person may be killed but the truth of the cross will set a Christian free, to hide in mere human power will enslave. Thinking like human beings and not like God has its consequences.

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Community Mass – 24th Sunday Ordinary Time


Please join us to celebrate the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

Our current Mass times are:

  • 9 AM EDT – Morning Mass – in person, not streamed
  • 11:15 AM EDT – Community Mass – in person and streamed online
  • 7 PM EDTEvening Mass – in person, not streamed

    Watch the video live or on replay via YouTube Live by clicking in the window above.

The Gather 3rd Edition Hymnal/Missals are now available for use in the church – pick one up as you enter and return it after Mass. Instructions on how to use the hymnal missal are available here: https://www.stcharlesbklyn.org/hymnal-missal/ .

Entrance: As We Gather at Your Table – 839
Responsorial Psalm and Readings – 1162
Offertory: Precious Lord, Take My Hand – 955
Communion: Shepherd Me, O God – 35
Closing: Let There Be Peace on Earth – 829

Today’s readings are also available to read online here: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/091221.cfm

Don’t Outsource Compassion

Saint Martin and the Beggar, El Greco, 1597–1599, National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)

If a brother or sister has nothing to wear
and has no food for the day,
and one of you says to them,
“Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well, ”
but you do not give them the necessities of the body,
what good is it?
(James 2:15-16)

Fr. Smith’s Commentary on the Second Reading
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
James 2:14-18
September 12, 2021

Today’s selection from the “Letter of St. James” is often interpreted as a criticism of St. Paul. It seems to contrast salvation by faith with salvation by works. This lies behind Martin Luther’s statement that James wrote the “Epistle of Straw.” This is not the case indeed Paul and James are both good Jews and share a common set of beliefs and attitudes.

They both held that the LORD wished to create a covenant with humanity. A covenant is a sharing of life and love so close that one becomes part of the same family. Through this covenant we are not only “related” to the LORD but to all his people as well. This attitude is found throughout scripture.

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23rd Sunday Ordinary Time – Homily (Fr. Gribowich)

Good morning, everyone.

So joyous to be here with you this morning, so many faces from so many different parts of my life actually here today.

And they’re all here for one reason. That is to welcome Jason Chen into the church, we have with us someone who has been on a journey.

A journey that has led him to having an encounter with Jesus Christ and that encounter has led him to affirm it through the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and communion, the three sacraments that initiate you into the church and not just becoming a member of a social organization, but becoming actually who you are called to be the very presence of Jesus Christ in the world.

That’s what we are all called to be as Christians, the very presence of Jesus Christ in the world, when people gaze upon us, they should see something different coming through our eyes and how we speak.

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Community Mass – 23rd Sunday Ordinary Time


Please join us to celebrate the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time on Sunday, September 5, 2021. The 11:15 am mass will be Fr. John Gribowich’s last mass with us. He will be leaving to join the Trappists this month. Please pray for the success of his vocation.

Our current Mass times are:

  • 9 AM EDT – Morning Mass – in person
  • 11:15 AM EDT – Community Mass – in person and livestreamed online
  • 7 PM EDTEvening Mass – in person

    Watch the video live or on replay via YouTube Live by clicking in the window above.

The Gather 3rd Edition Hymnal/Missals are now available for use in the church – pick one up as you enter and return it after Mass. Instructions on how to use the hymnal missal are available here: https://www.stcharlesbklyn.org/hymnal-missal/ .

Todays music and readings can be found in the Hymnal Missal at the following numbers:

Entrance: The King of Love My Shepherd Is – 712
Readings and Psalm -1159
Offertory: Open My Eyes – 651
Communion: Christ, Be Our Light – 590
Closing: Healing River – 643

Today’s readings are also available to read online here: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/090521.cfm