6th Sunday of Easter – Homily (Msgr. LoPinto)

As we mentioned at the beginning of today’s liturgy, it is the sixth Sunday of Easter.

And so for six, seven weeks we have been singing alleluia, yes.

And I wonder sometimes since we do these things almost out of practice or what you might say habit.

Whether we ever really stop to think.

Why are we using this one word so frequently?

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Community Mass – 6th Sunday of Easter

Please join us to celebrate the 6th Sunday of Easter on Sunday, May 9th.

Our current Mass times are:

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5th Sunday of Easter – Homily (Fr. Smith)

Jesus walked before he talked. By this I mean that he saw his world up close and slow before he began his preaching and teaching. His use of biblical imagery is particularly effective because he knew the physical realities of growth and rot, care and neglect, competence and incompetence from personal experience. This is particularly important for understanding today’s gospel.

Jesus lived in Nazareth but as a general contractor – a better choice for the Greek word we usually translate as carpenter – he would have worked mostly in the Greek speaking town of Sepphoris It was about a 4 mile walk and there were many fields with sheep and many vineyards with grapes and olives. When he calls himself the good shepherd, he has seen the dedication of good shepherds but understands why the scriptures use bad, self-serving, shepherds as the most potent image of corrupt leadership. He brings his experience to give this image greater effect. So too today with the vineyard.

Jesus saw vineyards grow or decline on his walk to and from work. After an evening storm he would have seen branches that were separated from the trunk of the tree looking good and healthy on the morning walk to Sepphoris but they would have been obviously decaying on the way back to Nazareth and dead the next day. They were fit only to burn.

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Community Mass – 5th Sunday of Easter

Please join us to celebrate the 5th Sunday of Easter on Sunday, May 2nd.

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Fourth Sunday of Easter – Homily (Msgr. LoPinto)

The first reading today comes from the Acts of the Apostles. That’s that story, that lengthy story that Luke records of the experience of the early church.

And one of the things that is very much noted in that presentation is transformation.

You have, as we see in the first reading today, the transformation of Peter.

The one who was so fearful that he denied the Lord three times, rather than acknowledge that he had awareness or knowledge or relationship with him.

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Community Mass – 4th Sunday of Easter

Please join us to celebrate the 4th Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday – on Sunday, April 18th.

Our current mass times are:

Today’s readings and hymns are available to download below.

  • Please follow the instructions of the ushers, and observe all of the posted health precautions so that we can continue to worship together safely.
  • Hymnals, bulletins, and other handouts will not be available at the church. Please download on your phone or tablet, or bring your own missal.
  • Support our Parish – Please contribute to our General Collection online here.
  • Help us support the Easter Collection for Retired Priests

Community Mass – 3rd Sunday of Easter

Please join us to celebrate the 3rd Sunday of Easter, on Sunday, April 18th.

Note the return to our usual Mass times below:

Today’s readings and hymns are available to download below.

  • Please follow the instructions of the ushers, and observe all of the posted health precautions so that we can continue to worship together safely.
  • Hymnals, bulletins, and other handouts will not be available at the church. Please download on your phone or tablet, or bring your own missal.
  • Support our Parish – Please contribute to our General Collection online here.
  • Help us support the Easter Collection for Retired Priests