Monthly Archives: April 2016

Daily Mass: Proclaim the Message

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast – Tuesday of the 4th Week of Easter

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When we share our faith with others we continue the pattern that began with the Lord – sharing and proclaiming the Good News in our world.

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5th Sunday of Easter – The Church on Earth and in Heaven

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Study:  Consider a moment when you felt unconditional love.  How did you react?

Pray:  Are there people in your life who are hard to love?  Ask the Lord to soften your heart, and place in you the desire to want to love them.

Serve: Love is expressed in many ways.  How can you share the Love of Christ with others today?

5th Sunday of Easter Readings

Let’s start with a quick overview of this week’s readings:

  • 1st Reading – Paul & Barnabas are fostering the Church among the Gentiles
  • Psalm – “I will praise your name forever, my king and my God.”
  • 2nd Reading – John’s vision of a new heaven and a new earth
  • Gospel – Jesus commands his disciples to love one another

The Easter season proclaims the Lord’s triumph over sin and death, and inspires us to fix our eyes on Heaven as our destination and goal.  United together with the Lord, we understand that we are pilgrims passing through this world – and our words and actions have power and consequence.

Think about it.  The Lord commands us to love.  This is not some pleasant suggestion or good-idea-if-you-have-time-to-fit-it-in…this command is our call to action: Love flows from the heart of Heaven, and in our Love on earth we practice for the day when we will stand before the Author of Love itself.

And lest we get caught up in some sort of warm fuzzy feeling about Love, we know that this command is hard to carry out!  Love demands our forgiveness, patience, mercy, gentleness, peace, and understanding.  Simply put, we are called to Love as Christ loves us – by laying down our lives for one another.

Love, then, is not only a principal condition for Heaven, but for the Church on earth as well.  Nothing reveals our sincerity and authenticity as Christians more fully than when Love shines through our words and actions.

Our goal is Heaven, and while here on earth the Church follows the example of Christ – loving God and one another.  May others see the Lord’s Love in our lives today!


4th Sunday of Easter – Shine! Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s 4th Sunday of Easter Homily Podcast

4th Sunday of Easter Readings

The readings this weekend help the heart and strengthen the soul, inviting us to unite as God’s family with the Good News of Christ available to all.

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First Holy Communion. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s First Holy Communion Homily

Every year in the Easter season children often make their First Holy Communion.  This homily was given on the 4th Sunday of Easter at the Cathedral of Christ the King on April 16, 2016.  Please continue to pray for all our children who receive the Lord in this great Sacrament; and may all of us draw near to Jesus!

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Daily Mass: Turning a Sinner into a Saint. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily – Friday of the 3rd Week of Easter

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Some wonderful 2nd graders from Mrs. Hockenbrock’s class visit with Fr. Andrew about the conversion of St. Paul.

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Daily Mass: Taught by God. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast – Thursday of the 3rd Week of Easter

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In both the 1st Reading and the Gospel we have references to teaching: Philip teaches the Ethiopian eunuch and Jesus instructs the people in the “Bread of Life” discourse.  Note how the teaching leads to the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist!  May our faith help us to enter ever deeper into our life in Jesus Christ.

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Daily Mass: Perseverance through Persecution. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Easter

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What gives people strength to carry on when the going gets tough?  To hang in there when it is painful, difficult, or oppressive?  The struggles of the early Church were sustained by their faith in Christ, who promised eternal life to all who believe in him.

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Daily Mass: the Bread of Life

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily – Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Easter

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“I am the Bread of Life” are the words the Lord speaks to the crowd.  This time of year, when 1st Communions are common, may we receive the Lord in the Eucharist with the living bread that feeds our souls.

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4th Sunday of the Year – Welcome to the Family

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Study:  Reflect on a time in life when someone reached out and welcomed you.  What key points stand out?  Consider any opportunities you have today to do this for another.

Pray:  Is there a rift in your life that calls for healing and unity?  Ask the Lord for grace and mercy to make it happen.

Serve:  What is one thing you can do this week to be “part of the solution” in fostering unity in your life?

4th Sunday of Easter Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

The Scripture readings this week are filled with an uplifting message: we are invited to be part of the Lord’s family of faith.  Check out some high points from the readings:

  • 1st Reading – Paul & Barnabas are a “light to the Gentiles”
  • Psalm – “We are his people, the sheep of his flock”
  • 2nd Reading – the great multitude of every “nation, race, people, and tongue”
  • Gospel – Jesus knows his sheep and they follow him

Consider some points that follow from these incredible readings:

  1. The Good News of Christ is preached to all people.  There is not limit or boundary; all have access to the Lord.
  2. The Lord claims us!  What’s more, like the Psalmist, we can boldly claim our relationship to the Lord and trust in his love.
  3. The divisions that often separate us on earth (race, creed, nationality, language) simply do not exist in heaven; we are one family.
  4. We are known by the Lord – who calls us by name – and we follow Him.

If this unity is thus part of the reality of our Family of Faith, perhaps now is a good time to practice this unity here on earth?  Perhaps today we can cross the boundaries and divisions that keep us from one another as we continue to share the Good News in our words and actions?

As disciples we have been given an example of unity; our lives today provide plenty of opportunities to foster it.  May the grace of Easter inspire us to be a light to one another, after all – we are members of a vast and diverse family!


3rd Sunday of Easter: A Love that fosters Faith in a time of trouble. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s 3rd Sunday of Easter Homily Podcast

Following the Lord does not mean that life is easy; rather, our faith gives us a strength to face the obstacles of life with the power of Christ’s love.

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