Fr O'Neill and Fr Silva away Monday - Wednesday on Priest Convocation. No Daily Masses - Deacon Peter and Deacon Bill will perform Communion Services at 8:00am each day. Please pray for our priests...

Fr O'Neill's Daily Mass Reflections

September 2017

Sep 30

Saturday September 30 - Feast of St Jerome

Our readings today highlight the fact that although the future is unknown to us, we have been given pieces, small hints all throughout Scripture which point us in the direction of Heaven.   In the first reading from Zechariah, the exiles are beginning to return to Jerusalem and to rebuild their beautiful...
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Sep 30

Friday September 29 - Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

Here is a story I wanted to share with you from 'Saint A Day', an application on iTunes.    Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael are called “saints” because they are holy. But they are different from the rest of the saints because they are not human. They are angels; more specifically,...
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Sep 27

Wednesday September 27 - Feast of St Vincent DePaul

In our first reading today from the Book of Ezra, we listen to the humble prayer of high priest Ezra on behalf of the Chosen People. He laments their sinfulness and lack of commitment to the Covenant over the years and is humbled by God's decision to allow then to return to their homeland and the Temple. He is definitely a God of...
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Sep 26

Tuesday September 26 - Feast of St Cosmas and St Damien

From 'Saint A Day', an application on iTunes.  St. Cosmas and St. Damian These two martyrs were twin brothers from Syria who died at the beginning of the fourth century. They were very famous students of science and both became excellent doctors. Cosmas and Damian saw in every patient a brother or sister in Christ. For this reason, they...
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Sep 25

Monday September 25 - Week 25

King Cyrus of Persia gave the Jewish people the green light to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. He also encouraged Jewish people to support this effort with their resources. King Cyrus saw the value in allowing the peoples under his reign to maintain their cultural customs. The Jewish people rediscovered their roots while in...
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Sep 23

Saturday September 23 - Feast of St Pius of Petrelcina

In both readings today we are reminded of our mission as faithfilled baptized Christians to spread the Good Word of Jesus Christ by word and example to all who will listen in our daily lives.  The receptivity of our word, although partly our responsibilty (can't offer something you don't have), ultimately lies in the hearts and minds of the...
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Sep 21

Thursday September 21 - Feast of St Matthew

In yesterday's Gospel we heard how the Pharisees criticized John the Baptist because of his asceticism and Jesus because of his "loose interpretation" of the Jewish law. In today's Gospel we see an example of the latter and Jesus' firm response to them as he mingled with tax collectors and sinners.  The...
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Sep 20

Wednesday September 20 - Feast of the Korean Martyrs - Sts Andrew Kim Taegon and Paul Hasang

In the first reading today from the letter of St Paul to Timothy the Church is defined as the "pillar and foundation of truth" with its realization rooted in flesh of Jesus Christ as witnessed by the Apostles and others. In the Gospel Jesus challenges the cynicsim of the Pharisees who would not accept John the Baptist's message...
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Sep 19

Tuesday September 19 - Feast of St Januarius

Today's first reading,  Saint Paul gives a description of candidates for leadership in the church. If we were to use one word to define the proper candidate it would be virtue.  Anyone who would be a leader lead best by the example they set.   In the Gospel,  Jesus continues with acts of great...
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Sep 18

Monday September 18 - Week 24

Today's readings focus on the power of prayer for others. In St Paul's letter to Timothy we are reminded to pray for those who are in charge of our society and public well being. Although we live in such a divided country politically today, we need to pray that our officials serve the needs of all people once elected to serve the...
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Sep 18

Monday September 18 - Week 24

Today's readings focus on the power of prayer for others. In St Paul's letter to Timothy we are reminded to pray for those who are in charge of our society and public well being. Although we live in such a divided country politically today, we need to pay that ourofficials serve the needs of all people once elected to serve the...
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Sep 15

Friday September 15 - feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows Our Lady had many great joys as the Mother of Jesus, but she had much to suffer, too. Her great love for her divine Son caused Mary to suffer when she saw Jesus treated cruelly by his enemies. Mary is the Queen of Martyrs because she went through spirit-ual torments greater than the bodily agonies of the martyrs. Her heart...
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Sep 13

Wednesday September 13 - Week 23 Feast of St John Chrysostom

In the first reading St Paul counsels the people of Collosae to tidy up their souls by eliminating the source of their clutter and garbage. He lists the fatal attractions of this life that turn their hearts and minds from God. Satan is an expert in keeping them preoccupied with satisfying their unquenchable carnal appetites at the expense...
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Sep 12

Tuesday September 12 - Week 23

In the first reading today of St Paul to the Colossians he warns them about false philosophies and occult like practices that delve into the darkness of the supernatural and preternautual realm.  You'll notice that St Paul does not deny their existence or even their power, he simply states that Jesus' overwhelms any of those...
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Sep 7

Friday September 8 - Feast of the Birth of Mary

From Saint a Day App - iTunes Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary We do not usually celebrate the birthdays of the saints. Instead, we celebrate the day each died, because that is the day each was born into the joys of heaven. But the birthday of Mary, our Blessed Mother, is an exception. We do celebrate her birthday because she came into this...
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Sep 7

Thursday September 7 - Week 22

Have you ever been blindsided? When all the sudden you're standing there wondering what just happened? When you feel like asking for a "do over?" I believe those are similar to the feelings Simon must've had when he said to Jesus in today's Gospel, "Depart from me, Lord, I am a sinful...
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Sep 5

Tuesday September 5 - Week 22

"Riding high in April, shot down in May" are  the lyrics of a song That's Life by Frank Sinatra made popular in the 1960's.  As St Paul begins to close his Letter to the Thessalonians, he reminds them that life is filled with highs and lows and not to focus too much on the moment to the point of paralysis or...
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Sep 3

Monday September 4, 2017 - Week 22 - Labor Day

Our readings on this Labor Day really send home the reality that we are blessed to work and that our work provides for our needs and the needs of others but that in the end we are only packing for the ultimate blessing which is eternal life in heaven with the One who loves us unconditionally ... even in our brokenness. In the Letter to the...
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Sep 2

Saturday September 2 - Week 21

Today's Gospel reading is the familiar parable of the servants and their master's possessions.  The master was going away and entrusts money in the form of talents to his servants, each according to their ability.  The first two did this they were told and they were rightly rewarded for their efforts. The third...
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Sep 1

Friday September 1 - Week 21

In today's Gospel, we hear the parable of the 5 wise and the 5 foolish virgins. This story has many images of the end times, personal preparedness and judgement. The bridesmaids await the bridegroom so they may enter the reception and the wedding feast may begin. When the groom is at a distance the bridesmaids who...
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