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Dear OLPH Family and Friends, We celebrated the Baptism of the Lord last week which was the First Sunday in Ordinary Time.   On this Second Sunday we find ourselves once again addressing the same event. As with last week, Isaiah says that it is too little...

  Dear OLPH Family and Friends, Today we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord. With Vespers of this evening we officially close out the Christmas Season and return to what we refer to as the Ordinary Time of the Year.  As you know, this...

The Epiphany of the Lord   Dear friends in Christ,   Today’s Gospel story tells about the three wise men on their journey looking for the new-born King. After a steady search and a long journey they found the star which guided them to the birthplace of the Messiah....

4th Sunday of Advent – A19   Dear friends in Christ, Matthew’s gospel is very fitting for Advent. It begins with a promise: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God-with- us.” Fr. Hebert F. Smith, a Scripture commentator...

Dear OLPH Family and Friends, This Sunday is traditionally called “Gaudete” Sunday which in Latin is “Rejoice” Sunday.   It comes from the opening prayer of the Mass.  Many will translate that into the fact that the time of penance and preparation is almost over.   However!   We...

Dear friends in Christ,   Today’s Gospel highlights the kingship of Jesus in the scene of the crucifixion:  his most unusual throne is the cross, his crown is the crown of thorns. Christ is enthroned as King on the cross for he has triumphed over sin and...

Dear OLPH Family and Friends, Only one more week to the end of this Church Year and the Feast of Christ the King!    Only two more weeks to the beginning of the new Church Year with the First Sunday of Advent! Next week after the Sunday...

Dear friends in Christ,   Some people seem to assume that what doesn’t make sense to them doesn’t make sense at all. This is the situation in today’s Gospel passage about the Sadducees who didn’t believe in the resurrection. They came to Jesus quoting Moses’ law that...

Dear OLPH Family and Friends,   Only four more weeks until Advent and the beginning of a new Church Year!  In the new Church Year we will hear from St. Matthew’s Gospel.  As usual, I strongly recommend that you make the time to read the whole of...

30th Sunday - C   Dear friends in Christ, In today’s Gospel Jesus taught how prayer could change people’s life using the story of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector who went up to the Temple area to pray. The Pharisee stood high in front of the altar,...