Monthly Archives: April 2016

Daily Mass: Do not be Troubled. Catholic Inspiration

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

Daily Mass Readings

Mrs. Hockenbrock’s 2nd graders from Cathedral School discuss common fears and how Jesus helps us face them.

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Daily Mass: Christ heals us. Catholic Inspiration

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

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This homily, which takes places during a Healing Mass that offers the Anointing of the Sick, shows how the healing we receive finds its source in the Lord’s grace.  What’s more, we not only receive Christ’s healing, but we also serve as the Lord’s healing instruments to those around us.

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School Mass: Doing the Hard Stuff

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Fr. Andrew’s Cathedral School Mass Homily Podcast

Note: the reading today was taken from John 15:18-21.

“That’s hard!” How often did we say that as kids?  (How often do we say it as adults?!)  Yet facing the hard stuff is part of life – with God’s help as we strive to act as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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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!

First Holy Communion