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Dear OLPH Family and Friends, On this 19th “Sunday in ordinary Time the readings call us to be a people of faith. Faith, St. Paul tells us “is confident assurance concerning what we hope for, and conviction about things we do not see.”  Let us compare ourselves...

18th Sunday of the Year - C   Dear friends in Christ,   What does life consist of? Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel that our life does not consist of possessions. We cannot be secured by what we own even when our possessions are plenty. The rich man in...

Dear friends in Christ, The story of Martha and Mary in today’s Gospel passage shows how different the ways people may choose to build relationships with God. Some believe that life consists of getting things done; living one’s faith mainly means getting involved in the many...

Dear OLPH Family and Friends, During the last couple of Sundays we heard how unique Luke is among the Gospel writers in portraying Jesus has going only once to Jerusalem and that is to assume His glory in taking up The Cross. Nothing is to get...

13th Sunday   Dear OLPH Family and Friends,   On this 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time we hear a couple of stories of God calling Prophets and Disciples.  In our first reading, God says to Elijah: “You shall anoint Elisha, son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah, as prophet to succeed...

Corpus Christi Sunday - C   Dear friends in Christ, “Why do I have to go to Mass?” “Stop forcing your religion on me.” “I am a Catholic, I believe Christ, but I don’t go to Mass.” “I can pray to God in my heart, and there is...

Trinity Sunday – June 16th   Dear OLPH Family and Friends, Today brings us to a Sunday in Ordinary Time, but we don’t use green vestments this Sunday or next.  The Easter season is followed by two doctrinal feasts: the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity and the...

Pentecost Sunday - C19                                                                                                                                       Dear friends in Christ,   The gospel for the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus talks about two ‘goings’, one is Jesus’ going back to the Father, the other is the great commission, the sending...

Feast of Ascension Dear OLPH Family and Friends, The Gospel for this Feast of Ascension is not trying to state the fact in historical terms.  Jesus had finished one phase of His life and had to begin another.  Jesus’ departure is not the end of His work...

Fifth Sunday   Dear OLPH Family and Friends, Toward the end of today’s second reading we hear: “The One who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’”  He does not say that He will destroy everything and then make a new creation.   He says...