Author Archives: Fr. Andrew Ricci

About Fr. Andrew Ricci

A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store.

20th Sunday of the Year: You are what you eat. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus states that we must eat his flesh and drink his blood to have eternal life.  May our reception of the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion nourish our souls as the Lord renews us with his grace.

Mass Readings – 20th Sunday of the Year


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Daily Mass: Let the children come to Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus rebukes the disciples for preventing the children to draw near.  It’s a powerful reminder for us: how do we help our children come to the Lord?  How do we help them grow in faith, hope and love?

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 19th Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: Marriage and Divorce

The exchange about marriage and divorce in the Gospel of Matthew reminds us that these topics have been challenging and messy from the beginning of time.  May we call upon the Lord today for the strength to support the marriages around us and help those who face the pain of divorce with the compassion of Christ.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 19th Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: Forgiveness as a way of life. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus responds to Peter’s question about forgiveness with a parable that reveals the power of forgiveness as an intense way of life.  It’s not easy, but it is the path that we walk to receive God’s merciful grace into our hearts.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 19th Week of the Year


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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

Mary’s Magnificat of praise inspires us to live our faith with joy and power as we face all the circumstances of life.

Mass Readings – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


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Daily Mass: Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven? Catholic Inspiration

How do we measure greatness?  Is it by strength, intelligence, resources or opportunity?  Jesus shows the disciples today that greatness happens when we can become like children – trusting and allowing the Lord’s greatness to direct and empower our lives.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 19th Week of the Year (St. Maximilian Kolbe)


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20th Sunday of the Year: God prepares a feast for us!

thanksgiving rehearsal dinner

Study:  What are some of the things that make a dinner special for you?  What makes it a feast?

Pray:  Offer a prayer for those who go hungry this day – either because they lack food or the companionship to share it.

Serve:  Is there someone you know with whom you could share a meal?  How might you make your meal a feast with others?

Mass Readings – 20th Sunday of the Year

Growing up in a large Italian-American family, big dinners were a common occurrence.  The usual suspects like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving were typical; but family gatherings (with all the adults talking and the kids talking louder) provided numerous opportunities for people to gather and make the simple task of taking nourishment a beautiful experience for body, mind, heart, and soul.

Tables were set, special foods chosen, delicacies prepared in advance…all these steps to make the dinner something special, something extraordinary.

They were feasts.

Indeed, whenever we take the time and effort to make dining an experience, we create opportunities that touch us on multiple levels.  Good food is augmented by delightful conversation, enlivened with beauty, and woven together with human hopes and dreams.  A feast is not just an abundance of food; it is a rich expression of God’s goodness working through others to nourish our lives in profound ways.

All of the readings point to different ways the Lord sustains our lives:

  • Wisdom sets a rich table, calling us to abandon foolishness to follow her
  • We “taste and see the goodness of the Lord” in the psalm response
  • Ephesians invites us to be filled with the Spirit, living upright lives
  • Jesus commands us to eat his flesh and drink his blood, that we might have eternal life

Every Mass provides us with the opportunity to draw near the altar and be renewed through our reception of Holy Communion.  Christ sets the table for us, inviting us to turn away from destructive and harmful forces, so that we might receive the grace we need to continue on the journey of life.

Come to the Feast!

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Note: This post was first published on August 10, 2015.