Baptism of the Lord – Homily (Msgr. LoPinto)

Mark’s gospel, as so I know many of you are aware, is the shortest of the presentations. And it begins with a very simple line. That he is telling you from the beginning, the story of Jesus Christ, the son of God. He then goes into a very brief piece of presentation about John the Baptist being out in the desert. But the highlight of that first chapter is this scene.
When Jesus comes to the River Jordan. And is baptized or submits to the baptism of John, despite John’s objections.

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Community Mass – Baptism of the Lord

Please join us to celebrate the Baptism of the Lord on Sunday, January 10:

  • 9 AM EST – Morning Mass – In Person at the Church, not live streamed.
  • 11:15 AM EST Community Mass In Person at the Church and also streamed online and available for playback.

    Instructions to view the Mass are available here. You can also watch the video via YouTube Live in the window above.

Today’s readings and hymns are available to download here:

Novena for Our Country Starts Monday at 5 PM

The invasion of our Capitol this week revealed not only the division in our nation in general but that this transition of power will be like none other in our history. All Americans must do what we can to enable a smooth and orderly process up to, during, and after the Inauguration of President-Elect Biden. We participate in many institutions from political parties to professional organizations and we must ask how we can help them provide stability and direction.

In his slim but frightening book of several years ago On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, Yale historian Timothy Snyder told us that institutions do not defend themselves and urged every American to pick one and defend it. I recommend the book enthusiastically. It is surprisingly comprehensive and decidedly thoughtful, and I hope that everyone be enlightened by his examples and will follow, at least, a few of his suggestions.

He does not discuss prayer and we must ask ourselves what Catholic Christianity can offer us at this moment. I invite you to participate in a “Novena for our Country.” This situation is so unique that there are no available novenas that we can use as now written and so we will be building the airplane as we fly. To keep this distinctly Catholic we will emphasize the prayers and blessings of the Church and the teachings of the Popes. The novena prayers themselves will be no longer than 10 minutes long.

They will be at our customary COVID-19 prayer time of 5:00PM and you can connect via Zoom in the usual manner. They will be said before Rosary on Monday and Wednesday, Vespers on Friday, and Bible study on Sunday for those who must leave immediately afterwards. They will be stand-alone on the other days.

We will begin this Monday, January 11, and end on Tuesday night,
January 19.

I hope that we will find many ways of being effective at this time, but we must always remember that one of them must be prayer.

I remain
In Christ,
Fr. Bill

Thursday Book Club: Fratelli Tutti

The Thursday night book club is reading Pope’s recent encyclical Fratelli Tutti, the Pope’s recent social encyclical on important contemporary issues.

This Thursday at 7 PM, we will discuss Chapter 6, “Dialogue and Friendship” (paragraphs 198-224) and be joined by Paul Elie (the author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own) will join us.  You can read some of Paul’s recent articles in The New Yorker here:  https://www.newyorker.com/contributors/paul-elie.

Mass Intentions for the Week

Sunday January 10
9 AM Mass Remembered By
Raymond Sullivan  The Sullivan Family
In Memory of Julianna O’Brien  Bob and Donna Whiteford
11:15 AM Mass Remembered By
Dolores Soster  Jennifer Kuzara
For the repose of the soul of Hazel Reed  Nancy and Darlene Martinez
Tuesday, January 12
8 AM Online Mass Remembered By
Antonio Roberto Guedes  The Guedes-Smith Family
Wednesday, January 13
12:10 PM Mass Remembered By
For the Recovery of Dawn Hewitt
Bernard Strassner  Mary Muniz
Thursday January 14 Remembered By
Julianna O’Brien  The Thompson – Nowicki Family

The Masses celebrated at St. Charles Borromeo may be offered for your intentions–for any person or persons, living or deceased.To have a Mass offered for someone, please call or email the rectory.